Tuesday, 19 May 2020
Freeman's Farm, endgame
It took just one further turn to bring the battle to a conclusion.
The 9th Foot and the previously uncommitted wing of the light infantry charged into Dearborn and Morgan respectively, while the British grenadiers attacked the 8th Massachusetts who were the vanguard of Learned's advance. The redcoats took losses but were successful in all three combats. With the British now dominating the centre of the battlefield, Hamilton and Poor having fought each other to bloody inaction and Learned facing the cream of Burgoyne's army the Americans have no realistic option other than to break contact and pull back to join the remainder of their army encamped at Bemis heights. They can take heart that Burgoyne's advanced has been stopped dead in its tracks. A result quite close to history, if achieved in a few hours less.
Here is a video to show the battlefield at the end of the turn - about 16:25 in game terms, the recreated battle lasting around 3 hours and 40 minutes of almost constant fighting.
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