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Monday, October 24, 2016

Red Horse Tavern 2016

Saturday was the battle of Red Horse Tavern an annual event hosted by my friends in the Sudbury Company of Minute and militia at the Wayside in in Sudbury MA .  As I was an active participant I was't able to get many pictures. Above you have my section 8 soldiers from the 4th Middlesex and the Lincoln Minutemen. Was acting as Sargent.  The First Scenario was a holding action by the Americans if we could keep the British from crossing form on field to another we would win.  My buddy Dana Rock was in over all command and sent us forward aggressively.

The aggressive approach worked as a unit of American Light infantry took the Crown's gun and an isolated company of Redcoats formed square for a desperate last stand.  
Smiles all around from my company.
Our Second battle we were the attacker but first we had a bit of standing around... When things got going it was less well coordinated. My small group got split up by our commander and though we tried we never were able to coordinate our movements.  These things happen on the battle field.
After the second battle we had lunch then the sky opened up with torrential rain (though nothing compared to Friday night).   Every Officer and NCO immediately order the men back into the large wedding ten were lunch had been served and then began a quick look at the 21st century technology. We concluded that if we waited 20 to 30 minutes things would probably clear up and they did so the 3rd battle was just delayed a little.
For the 3rd action I was demoted to corporal in order to give one of the Lincoln guys a chance to command.  The third action was a meeting engagement slug fest in full line of battle (this was the battle that was promoted to the public though we had spectators for all three).  Lots of powder was burned on both sides.  Here you can see His Majesty's  10th Foot still in good order if a little ragged most of the other Crown units were down by this time.
The Americans have greater numbers at the tend but as you can see our formations are shot to pieces Dana an Paul had the battle called a draw at this point and both sides backed away from each other... to rally at the Inn for Drinks, discussion and frivolity. The Party was still going strong (among those who live near the inn or are too young to care)  when I headed home three and half hours latter(or there about).  You can see more pictures and even some videos of the action on the 4th Middlesex/85eme Regiment Saintonge Facebook page