The Vales of Lyndurst records the lives of the Anders family in my imagi nation world of mid 18th century England. An England without a King and a dysfunctional Ruling Council of Nobles.
An England where families are torn apart by factions and loyalties remain questionable.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Conclusion of the Battle
The Confederation Plan of attack on Hipsley farm
assault to the northern walls of Hipsley farm lasted 20 minutes, the
Royalist suffered extremely heavy losses but their morale held
together. Despite their good morale General Aubrey had a hard
decision to make, when was it the right time to stop the killing of
his men; the two battalions joined now only mustered a little over
had a word with the Battalion commanders and both demanded that while
the men had good morale and wanted to fight they they should do so,
all three commanders knew they couldnt hold for long but for every
half hour or so they could hang on it meant less time the
Confederation troops had against the main army.
3 Confederation battalions broke their morale in trying to batter
their way into the farm, the losses were not heavy, the 3 Battalions
between only lost 225 men, but perhaps it was the fact that despite
them being reorganised each battalion had
previously broken and perhaps the mental exhaustion wasn’t as easy
to recover from as was the physical exhaustion. Regardless of the why
both 3 battalions once more turned tail and ran from the farm, the
12th and 13th battalions didn’t stop running
until they reached Icelton farm, the 94th stopped at Rose
farm, all three slowly started to reorganise once more.
Ashley had half expected the 3 battalions to fail, that was why he
had kept the 39th and 95th Foot back from the
main line, these were fresher units and now it was abundently clear
the enemy fire from the farm was considerably less he was confident
they would take the far,m, he sent the order for them to attack.
2 battalions launched themselves at the walls, and like the previous
3 battalions broke themselves against the ramparts, they were forced
back, but the Royalist casualties were so heavy now there were not
enough men to hold the walls, despite there morale miraculously still
holding; General Aubrey decided to ask for honours of war, which the
Confederation commander was only to keen to grant (die roll), he
allowed the survivors to return to their own lines, bearing standards
they did so the confederates moved into the ruins that had once been
a large English farming estate. As General Ashley wandered amongst
the dead and wounded, he realised it was hard to ignore that his
enemy here had been Englishmen and they had fought as he would have
expected English soldiers to fight. These two weak Battalions had
broken the morale of 5 Battalions, and most likely cost him the
battle. The 5 Battalions would recover, but it would take time and
that meant he was for another hour or more he was without those 5
the the assault on Hipsley farm had been underway, the opposing
artillery batteries on the Confederate left had been engaged in a
prolonged counter battery duel.
result of which was the Confederate 1st heavy battery was
routed and the Royalist Medium battery was forced to limber up and
retreat., out on the Confederation left flank that left them 1 x 9pdr
battery against the 1.50 9pdr Royalist batteries.
the Confederate Right the 2nd and 3rd batteries
began firing on the 33rd Foot in Court Farm, for 25
minutes the Royalist Infantry were subjected to long range artillery
fire losing some 45 men in casualties and for a time became quite
shaken once again, then as quick as the artillery fire began it
ceased and for a few minutes a quiet calm came over the battlefield,
the only noise came from the area of Beasley farm as General Audrey
and Sir Alexander Clements led the remnants of their two battalions
back to the main Royalist line, the men of the 11th Foot
welcoming them back with a riotous and resounding cheer.
time was now 1:45pm and Lord Ashley contemplated his next move, his
options were fast disappearing and now with a much depleted army he
still faced a Royalist line that included 3 farms which were
occupied, that prospect did not cheer him at all. Many of his staff
were advising him to withdraw while he was able, move back, join up
with Lord Warwick and advance by an alternative route. That was
sensible advice, but it meant he had been defeated here and that was
something his honour would not allow him to accept. However the
decision was taken out of his hands, when a dispatch rider arrived
from Maj General Saunders who was out on the Confederation left
flank, the Royalists were attacking.
The Royalist attack
graham had seen an opportunity with the Confederation heavy battery
being virtually destroyed and then routed of the field, the
Confederates were left with 1 battery and 1 battalion on his side of
the stream, on the other side there was only 1 other battalion and 1
cavalry regiment in support, it was time for him to make his move.
he ordered up the 32nd Foot which was in reserve south of
Sweetwater stream, they were to advance and cross the bridge south of
Beasley farm. The remaining artillery on the Royalist right would now
engage, the last Confederate battery while the 2nd and 3rd
dragoons crossed the small stream and prepared to charge the guns or
the supporting 40th.
these units were moving up in support the Royalist 3rd
battery engaged the enemy 4th battery in counter battery
fire. The fire from both batteries was quite punishing and no doubt
would have continued had not the movement of Royalist forces in front
of it prompt the battery commander to realise
that considering the battering his guns had taken, they would easily
be run over by any attackers, so he simply limbered them up and moved
them back across the stream. The movement through the stream
seriously damaged the a powder as some of the caissons become stuck
or over turned.
Royalist battery considered itself very fortunate that the enemy
battery had withdrawn as up to the moment it moved the Royalists were
getting the worst of the artillery duel.
Confederation 40th battalion which had been on the
southern bank supporting the artillery also now withdrew. The
Confederation 35th Foot which was the next battalion on
the southern bank however stayed, as it was in an area covered by
hedges they felt reasonably safe from cavalry and were prepared to
withstand the charge by any Royalist infantry.
Graham ordered the 2nd and 3rd dragoons out to
his right flank, they were to remain out of musket range but be
prepared to charge if any enemy attempted to recross the stream.
the Royalist 32nd foot and 93rd foot swiveled
around and headed directly onto the area defended by the 35th
these two battalions made their way to engage the 35th,
the Royalist 11th Foote that had been in Beasley farm now
formed into columns in preparation to move forward as well.
Royalist battalions succesfully stormed the hedgerows defended by the
35th, the 35th Battalion ceased to exist;
however the two Royalist battalions were so badly disorganised they
were unable to move forward any further.
they 11th foote formed into line and as the 32nd
and 93rd Bns were involved in their melee, the 11th
charged the 113th Light Bn defending the woods. The 11th
foot was repulsed and withdrew in reasonable order having lost 218
men in the melee, the Confederate 113th LT Bn lost 175
a brief pause settled over the field, both commanders realised that
their armies now consisted of some very tired and weakened units.
Graham however was determined he would stay and fight, all he had to
do was block the Confederation advance and he was doing just that.
reality of defeat however had finally dawned on Lord Ashley, he
simply was not strong enough to force the enemy out of those accursed
farms, indeed he would be lucky if he could hold here. He realised it
had been General grahams plan all along to merely block his advance,
clearly he was not a risk taker, but for now it had worked in the
royalist favour, but Lord Ashley was determined he would be back.
decided that he would pull all his units back behind the Claudia
stream, if the enemy decided to attack then that was well and good;
he would accept the challenge. If they did not he would withdraw once
it was night.
Graham realised his army was too weak to attack, so he remained on
the defensive for the rest of the day, during the night the
Confederate army pulled back into Northampton and dispatch riders
were sent to Lord Warwick asking him to come and join Lord Ashley so
that they may unite and again attack the Royalists.
the Royalists it had been a hard fought victory, and an expensive
replacing the regular infantry would be a problem, as would replacing
the guns and gunners of the artillery.
of the battle.
battle lasted 4.5 hours, starting at 10am, the weather was fine and
the ground dry.
Confederation Army started the day with = 10,500 Infantry, 1,400
cavalry and 5 batteries
finished the day with = 7187 Infantry, 1400 cavalry and 3.5 Batteries
figures do not account for returning wounded or missing.
836 dead, 1003 wounded 946 missing or POW
do not include 1088 which were routers which means most (less 5%) of
them will return.
Royalist Army started the day with = 3,500 Infantry, 1,400 cavalry
and 1 battery
were reinforced halfway through the battle with 2,800 Infantry, 1,400
cavalry and 2 batteries
a total of 6,300 Infantry, 2,800 Cavalry and 3 batteries.
finished the day with 3,391 Infantry, 2,800 cavalry and 1.5
figures do not account for returning wounded or missing.