Here is another scenario for the War of 1812, hope you enjoy it.
The British forces were charged with creating a diversion to the invasion of New York from Canada led by Lieutenant General Sir George Prevost. Major General Robert Ross was the commander challenged with this. One of the positive points was that, following the defeat of Napoleon it allowed Wellington to release a large number of his seasoned troops to be sent to North America. The down side was that at the start of the battle many of the troops had only spent a few days ashore stretching legs etc having been cramped up on board for 3 months.
In Washington there was confusion as to where the British were intending to attack. Would they head for Washington, strategically unimportant but the Capital or Baltimore with its commercial targets including boatyards? Which to defend?
Order of battle
Major General Ross – Command Rating Good
Light Brigade – Col. Thornton – Command Rating Good
85th Light Infantry 4SP Rifle B/C/A may skirmish and or detach coy
Converged Lights 3SP SBM B/C/C may skirmish and or detach coy
Royal Marines 1SP SBM C/C/C
2nd Brigade – Col. Brooks – Command Rating Good
4th Kings Own Foot 3SP SBM B/C/B may detach coy
44th Foot 3SP SBM B/C/B may detach coy
3rd Brigade – Col. Patterson – Command Rating Poor
21st Foot 3SP SBM C/C/D may detach coy
Royal Marines 3SP SBM C/C/C
Rocket Battery C/C/C
Artillery Battery Med SB Cannon C/C/C
Major general Winder – Command rating Poor
Maryland Militia – Brigadier Shansbury – Command rating Poor
1st Baltimore militia 4SP SBM D/D/E
2nd Baltimore militia 4SP SBM D/D/E
5th Baltimore militia 4SP SBM C/D/B
Columbia District Militia – Brigadier Smith – Command rating Poor
US Reg Inf 3SP SBM C/D/E
US Marines 3SP SBM C/D/C
1st Columbia militia 4SP SBM D/D/E
2nd Columbia militia 4SP SBM D/D/E
3rd Columbia militia 4SP SBM D/D/E
Annapolis militia 3SP SBM D/D/E
Maryland militia 1SP SBM D/D/E
Artillery Battery 1 Heavy SB Cannon C/D/B
Artillery Battery 2 Heavy SB Cannon C/D/B
Naval Yard Rifles 2SP RM B/D/D
Naval Yard Rifles 1SP RM B/D/D
Dragoons 1SP Carb D/C/C
Irish artillery Light SB Cannon C/C/D
Baltimore artillery Light SB Cannon C/C/D
The British enter along the road marked B In any order Player wishes.
The Americans deploy
Smith’s Brigade – South of the Thornecliff’s creek.
Shansbury’s Brigade – Between the creek and the Potomac River
The independent units – Anywhere to the west of the Potomac.
The Potomac is fordable along its entire length although at 1/4 speed. Any unit firing or fighting while in the river is treated as if shaken. This does not apply to morale tests.
Bladensburg is a 2 square town with each square capable of holding 2 regiments of infantry for defense. See rules.
To represent the better level of command each British unit and commander will have an activation card.
The Americans suffered from Politicians interference in their deployment. This resulted in many units not sure who their field commanders were. To represent this only American commanders , Independant units and the 2 batteries of field guns in Smith’s command have activation cards.
British have to break 50% of American Units to claim a victory with a loss of no more than 20% of their own. The British were desperate to get to Washington so they have 12 plus D6 turns to achieve. Once this number of turns is reached add a End Of Game Card to the deck. The game continues until this card is drawn. Must exit Washington road with 2 units that are not shaken and hold road.
Americans claim a victory if they can inflict 30% casualties without losing more than 50% of their units.
All others out comes are a draw.
Hope you enjoy this scenario.