Re: White Plains AAR--Whitcomb's Rangers
- --- In Revlist@y..., "Mike Barbieri" <ottercreek@v...> wrote:
> To Those of You Recovering from White Plains<snip>
> (and the rest of you who wish you were),
> A couple of notable incidents happened during the acitons.<snip> On Sun., the Legion went out on the field for about 15
minutes and then moved to the rear of the American line while the
battalion troops and artillery blazed away for the rest of the
action. My guys wanted to be out there a bit longer. Any other
members of the Legion Battalion have comments?
I agree with your comments.
I feel for the American troops on that windy hill. It was quite windy
in the British camp, but at least sometimes we had an occasional lull
in the wind. At no time do I recall your flags at any position other
than standing fully out, flapping violently in the "breeze".
Speaking for some (if not all) of the Artillery, we are usually
restricted by state and federal regulations to firing one round every
5 or 10 minutes. It is a true pleasure to be able to "burn some
powder" for a change. Especially in battery! If we encroached upon
your "play time", we are sorry. I also would have enjoyed a longer
battle. We went home with powder, and I would have liked to lighten
our load by another dozen or so rounds.
One highlight I recall on Sunday is, immediately after a final volley
fire from the guns, having the line troops pass between the guns, and
advance on the American forces. What a sight, leather shoes slipping
on the grassy hill, and seeing American fire inflict heavy British
casualties as they assaulted the hill.
I hope the public enjoyed the show as much as we did.
4th Btn Royal Artillery, Anderson's Company,
a.k.a. Lamb's Artillery