Having packed away the Bunker Hill game and whilst ruminating on what next I came up with the foolish idea that as I gradually increase my AWI collection we could continue to play skirmishes and battles in some sort of historical sequence. The internet is a bonus here as there are several quite detailed timelines. Now the intention right from the start is not to play every small skirmish but pick those skirmishes which have some interesting twist or novelty. Some of the larger battles will by necessity be tackled in bite sized chunks, and like all good plans we may change things and not go in absolutely date order. We’ll see ?
So you ask what did the timeline come up with the Battle of Kemp’s Landing was a small engagement ideal for a small skirmish game. I won’t run through the whole history which is adequately covered on wiki. But in summary in October 1775 John Murray Lord Dunmore landed in Virginia to flush out potential rebels. Thomas Gage had dispatched a number of the 14th Foot to support Dunmore in his actions. Having searched with and without success he led his small force north towards Kemp’s Landing. The local Princess Anne County Militia were called out by one Joseph Hutchings and Anthony Lawson a prominent local landowner. Their intention was to set an ambush for the British. The action took place on the 15th November. Historically the Americans were poorly led and the ambush launched too early, the regular British infantry fired one volley and the rebels fled, bring chased through the difficult swampy ground. The British capturing Hutchings and Lawson a few days later.