Saturday 27 August 2022

1st and 3rd Virginia Regiments

I am doing four Virginia regiments for my AWI Americans and these are the last two, the 1st and 3rd Regiments. 

Both regiments had a relatively similarly service life. The 1st was authorised in August 1775 as Virginia State troops and was formed of eight companies in October 1775 at Williamsburg. The Third was organised in February 1776 at Alexandria and Dumfries in ten companies raised from Prince William, Fauquier, Stafford, Louisa, Fairfax, King George, Loudoun, and Culpeper Counties. Both were assigned initially to the Southern Department and transferred to the Main Army in mid-1776.

The 1st Regiment

In 1777, after the rigours of campaign, both regiments were consolidated - the 1st with the 9th Regiment and the 3rd with the 5th, but kept their original titles. The 1st was transferred back to the Southern Department in December 1778 and the 3rd followed it in 1779. 

The 3rd Regiment

Both regiments fought at Chesapeake Bay, the battles around New York, then though Northern New Jersey, Trenton, Princeton, Monmouth, Brandywine, Germantown and the defence of Philadelphia. Both surrendered at Charleston in May 1780 and were formally disbanded in 1783. 

And so my whole Virginia contingent takes to the parade ground.

Next in this collection will be a couple of New Hampshire regiments.

Tuesday 23 August 2022

More Prussians…

 Finished last week is this the Second Battalion, 77th Infantry Regiment.

Only four battalions left in this project now.

Sunday 21 August 2022

A Spot of Napoleonic Gaming and Another New Unit

Today, on a rare sunny day at the end of a miserably wet and windy week, we gathered to play a rather large Napoleonic game, where a Franco-Bavarian force of around 30 battalions, 13 cavalry regiments and 12 batteries took on a Russo-Austrian force of 32 battalions, 11 cavalry regiments and 14 batteries.

Looking down the table at the start of the game with the Russio-Austrians on the right and the Franco-Bavarians on the left.

My Russian infantry division deployed

The guns go into action…

…and the cuirassiers prepare to engage

The Austrians are to my right

The Russo-Austrians begin their advance

The Russian horse artillery swings into action

The Pavolgrad Hussars charge and break two Bavarian units before being driven off themselves

The Allied artillery is dominant 

The Russians and Austrians surge forward, the Russian cuirassiers (forward, centre left) form up…

…they charge…

…and suffer the shame of being routed and destroyed by…HUSSARS

The Austrian Cuirassiers move forward 

At the other end of the field an Austrian force supports the other Russian division

To my left the Bavarians are moving to secure the river crossings
In the centre the battle develops.

The French cavalry are confronted by a wall of Russian bayonets…

The Austrian advance is stalling

In the end the battle was ruled a draw, favouring the Franco-Bavarians.

I am sure that Keith will have a view from his side of the table…at the other end of the field from me.

Wednesday 17 August 2022

1st South Carolina Infantry Regiment

This unit is the 1st South Carolina Regiment, the second of the two South Carolina regiments I am doing for this AWI collection.

Organised in the summer of 1775 at Charleston to consist of ten companies from eastern South Carolina it was adopted into the Continenal Army in November. It served the majority of the war in the Southern Department (that part of the colonies south of the Virginia/Maryland border). It fought at Charleston in 1775 and 1776, in Florida in 1778 and at Savannah and Charleston in 1780. In addition to that one company served in the Caribbean in 1778.

The regiment was consolidated with the 5th South Carolina Regiment in early 1780, but retained the 1st South Carolina title. It surrendered with the rest of the southern army at Charleston in May 1780 by the British Army. Reformed in December 1782 it was disbanded in November 1783.  

I am really enjoying working on these figures. I particularly like the variety the casual poses provide where some figures don’t have a bayonets fixed, or some are marching with muskets over the right shoulder instead of the left and some, not in this unit, have their muskets inverted.

Saturday 13 August 2022

2nd Hanoverian Infantry Regiment, No 77

When the Kingdom of Hanover was annexed by Prussia at the end of the Austro-Prussian War, its army was absorbed into the Prussian Army, forming four new regiments:

  • 73rd,  Hanoverian Fusilier Regiment
  • 74th, 1st Hanoverian Infantry Regiment
  • 77th,  2nd Hanoverian Infantry Regiment
  • 79th, 3rd Hanoverian Infantry Regiment

This week’s unit represents First Battalion, 2nd Hanoverian Infantry Regiment that served in VII  Corps in 1870. In its first action in that war, at Spicheren on 6 August, the regiment was heavily engaged on the right of the battle line in the Stiring Copse and the Fusilier battalion (supported by a company of the 2nd Battalion) stormed the homesteads at the foot of the Spicheren Heights. In these hard fought actions  the regiment suffered losses of 628 (131 killed, 438 wounded and 59 missing), around 20% of their effective strength. The regiment was lightly engaged in the actions of Borny and Gravelotte that followed.

The attack of the Fusilier Battalion, 77th Regiment against the Baraque Mouton and the Golden Bremm at Spicheren, 6 August 1870

I have also based up the Russian generals presented a few days ago.