US Artillery at the Grand Tactical
I posted this on the 1812 Progressive Campaigner List. The subject
has to do with American Artillery at the Grand Tactical. If some of
you are members of that list I apologize for the cross-posting. For
those who are not, here is a small sampling of what those gun
dragging types portraying artillery can expect.
Keep Salivating Mr. Yaworsky ;-))
Sure can! First, the ride share board sounds FANTASTIC!
Depending on the number of US guns present I am looking at several
1. For some of the tacticals American guns would be stationery, or
with a minimal amount of movement.
Here are some examples.
The first battle on Saturday morning is the Battle of St. Leonard's
Creek. It is pretty much a naval affair. But historically the
American gun battery (where our cannon will at times be posted,)
duelled with the British fleet at the tip of the peninsula. We plan
on recreating that. So cannoneers can blaze away at the ships while
the Navy types sail and shoot. The infantry may be drawn up in
support on the hill so they can watch the show. Or we evil Division
commanders will just drill the snot out of them.....
For the Saturday evening battle, which will simulate the battle for
Fort Warburton, all American guns will be massed on the hilltop and
engage in a ship to shore battle with the British fleet in the
river, until..well, I'll just leave it at that right now :-))
For the Saturday afternoon battle, which will represent Bladensburg,
there will be American artillery on the original hilltop battery
location. The guns which can move, will be forward and coordinate
movement with the infantry. As the battle develops the mobile guns
will have to pull back, This means attempting to get guns up the
slope of a hill. Those individuals manning these guns need to be up
for a strong pull, or steal some mules along the way ;-)
As we will be represetning Bladensburg the American positions will
be overrun as Barney's flotillamen and Marines make their stand.
The rest of us are running like big dogs ....oh, The taverns and
sutlers are just on the other side of the hilltop.
2. I intend the US forces to fight by Divisions. Artillery
belonging to each Division will remain with them, with the exception
of Saturday evening when all guns are massed together.
While artillery will stay with their Divisions all artillery and
Divisions will subject themselves to the overall command in the
evolutions of the battle. Division commanders can establish their
own placements for artillery within their respective theatres during
Sunday's morning tactical.
Those pieces that are mobile will assist each Division within their
theatre of operations. Those that cannot move will be emplaced on
the hilltop. This will especially come into play with the open ended
scenario on Sunday morning which will segue into the North Point
3. Those who have small carronades, or signal guns or swivel guns
and a boat and wish to do navy will have their option to go British
or American. All Navy particpants who are in boats must follow the
appropriate Coast Guard rules. Myron Peterson is coordinating
this. So, got a gun and a boat? You say you want to sail along the
river and attempt to throw cannon fire into your opponents flanks,
well come on down!!!
4. Again, depending on number of guns, artillerists will either
camp with their Divisions or have the option of staying on the
orignal hilltop battery and fortify it. We have plenty of room.
We are still worknig this out with the site and the Southern
Division QM staff.
5. By fortifications I mean we will have plenty of split rail
fences. The site is also looking into supplying materials for
making gabions, sans fill.
As always, we know things will change. Though we are planning big we
will always adjust to the numbers. All who particpate will have
plenty to do. No one is going to be shunted aside and see limited
This is especially true for the Sunday tactical. For those
artillery pieces that want to manuever they will be assigned to
thier respective Divisions and will do just that. Those that would
rather stay in a stationery role may do that.
We want to be able to showcase everyone's ability, challenge folks,
have a fantastic time, and build a strong team framework as we move
towards the Bicentennial.
All the best,