The Battle of Moriarty’s Tavern

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We fought a “Murican Revolution” game in 25mm on July 4, 2015. It seemed appropriate somehow. I am going to pop up some photos for your amusement, and then follow with commentary a bit later.

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Russ Schnieder, one of the British commanders, looking a bit skeptical as the game begins.

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Jim Pitts, one of the Patriot commanders (along with his son Sean Pitts) hurries newly-arrived reinforcements into the battle.

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The action begins!

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More troops are involved.

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Russ, along with his fellow Royalist commander Ed Sansing are in action.

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A view down the battlefield later in the game.

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The surviving British and loyalist cavalrymen go “view-hallooing” along after being withdrawn from the British right and sent along a safe path to the left. General Schneider wisely kept them out of range after an initial blooding.

The colored plastic rings indicate the units’ morale state. A yellow ring shows a morale state of 4 (the best), a Blue would indicate a morale state of 3, a Green ring would show a morale state of 2, while a Red ring would be a morale marker for a morale point of 1 – the worst!

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A view of the battlefield before the battle began. Photo by Jim Pitts

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A view of one of our regiments. Each is composed of six stands of 3 figures each. While real-life British or Patriot units varied wildly in size, ours are the same size, for easy identification of current strength as opposed to starting strength. Photo by Jim Pitts.

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Patriot dragoons attack the British lines on the right flank of the Rebel lines. Sean Pitts launched this attack in an attempt to slow down the enemy advance, which it did, but at the cost of most of the Rebel mounted troops. Photo by Jim Pitts.

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Photo by Jim Pitts.

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A patriot unit milling about in confusion having fallen back in rout due to British volleys. The tag on the unit shows that previously it had gone low on ammunition. Cute markers instead of clumsy labels to show low ammo or loss of officers are just around the corner – and have been for years! Photo by Jim Pitts.

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Photo by Jim Pitts.

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This Pennsylvania regiment has fallen back out of the Holmes Farm with the prisoner, who had been the object of the search by both armies. The British had been trying to “rescue that brave man” while the Patriots had been trying to “Get that prisoner to headquarters before the Militia do something stupid”. Photo by Jim Pitts.

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Photo by Jim Pitts.

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The Rebel right flank, under the command of Sean Pitts, at the end of the battle. They had severely attrited the British left, and were bending it back, but it never quite broke. The Patriot center and left, HAD broken however. The Patriot army was in poor shape (Major Morale) and was leaking units to the rear. Photo by Jim Pitts.

The Rebels had their prisoner, but they lost on points with 8 (5 of them for the prisoner) to the British 10 points, all from inflicting casualties on the Rebels.

Thee will be a bit more text to be added to this report.

One response to “The Battle of Moriarty’s Tavern

  1. Hi Andy,

    We used a slightly modified version of “Disperse ye dammed Rebels” which is an American Revoltionary War rules set by Larry Brom.

    Jay Stribling

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