Having played through four of the scenarios in Sharp Practice (and the remaining two just being encounter battles) I suggested to Andy we see about converting the Widow Creek Bridge scenario from Rebels & Patriots to see how that worked. In that a small defensive force holds a bridge and finds itself under attack from a superior force, whilst reinforcements rush to their aid.
Lieutenant Haddock took command of two groups of British Line Infantry guarding the bridge, periodically retiring to the nearby hostelry for an occasional sherry...
His repose is broken by the sight of rebels advancing towards his position... Gad!
Rebels who suddenly open fire on his position! Corporal Horowitz's Continental Light Skirmishers firing an ineffective volley at the British.
Fortunately for Haddock. Ensign Harrow with three groups of Light Infantry Skirmishers were patrolling north of the river and move to support.
However they come under fire from a small group of Militia Skirmishers under Corporal Rowsick hiding in a wood across the river. Harrow's men take some Shock, but spread it between the three groups largely negating its effect.
More British Line arrive under the command of Sergeant Wakefield, so Ensign Harrow deploys his Lights to engage the advancing Americans he can see across the river...
Bullets slam into the Patriots, one of Captain Whitfield's Continentals is killed and his group takes Shock. Once again Corporal Horowitz is wounded in the first round by enemy fire (keep your head down man!), fortunately this week he was a Level 2 leader so still able to issue one command a turn. #lessonlearned
American return fire inflicts some Shock on Harrow's Lights but spread between the three groups it has minimal impact on their combat ability.
The British Light's fire continues to rip into the flank of the advancing Continentals, who lose more men and are taking double Shock for being shot in the flank.
Clearly advancing down the road under the withering British fire was only going to see the Continental Line reduced to complete ineffectiveness so Captain Whitfield swung them into line facing the enemy and returned fire, whilst Lieutenant Kraslow with his Continental Lights in Line (Lee's Legion) moved across the field, covered by the wood.
Meanwhile Sergeant Wakefield ran his boys up towards the bridge to support Lieutenant Haddock. They took a couple of points of Shock in the process, but they arrived in a timely fashion.
Just as well as one of the groups of British Line was beginning to take Shock and casualties from American fire.
Lee's Legion engaging them from across the field of play...
Meanwhile Corporal Watson's Militia had moved past the struggling Continentals and continued advancing towards the Widow Creek Bridge. At this point I realised my army deployment was a right mess and at the very least the Legion and Militia should have been in each others positions!
The brave, but rather foolish, Corporal Watson and his Militia bore down on the bridge under British fire and started to take casualties and Shock...