Location: Costa Blanca, Iberia
Situation: British Extreme Left Flank
The Battle Of Costa Blanca
Wesson: "Complain'n again? Lucky we are to have a decent place to sleep. We could be with the 15th under the discontented eye of the general camped in the rain and 'orrible mud."
Erskine: "Aye, there is that. The 15th will know the scowl of the general for many a day. I heard when the Emsdorf lads trotted by ol' General Pettygree they were rid'n mighty proud until...."
Stuart: "Aye Sir. Regiment. Hal---'alt."
Pettygree: "I understood Sir, your regiment was to form a central reserve at Costa Blanca.
Stuart: "At first Sir. At first. My Lord Paget in command of the left wing saw an opportunity to confound the French by rid'n wide to the left and into their rear. He thought the confusion might stop 'em cold there."
Erskine: "I heard the 15th pushed back the French cutting down more of 'em. [French lost 7 more, routed, were pursued and cut down by the 15th.]
General: "This would have slowed their attack on our left wing, Paget's sector. However, Paget retired from the field to support our forces in Costa Blanca. Your regiment was needed in central reserve to counter a surprise French breakthrough. Only the 16th Light Dragoons were there for this service. Still even with you there we were significantly outnumbered unable to hold the port more than a moment longer."
1) Yours truly is happiest commanding cavalry in tabletop games. When Lord Paget ordered the 15th to swing wide, Stuart (me) eagerly obeyed.
2) The 15th some will recall was formed during the Seven Years' War as a light dragoon regiment. It's celebrated successful charge at Emsdorf in 1760 won distinction and regimental pride. Their successors desired to continue that tradition at Costa Blanca.
3) Der Alte Fritz commanded the British Army. He was positioned in the environs of Costa Blanca on our right flank. Paget, (yours truly) had the left. Stuart was far to the left of Paget.
4) A certain black coach somehow has appeared in Iberia. (Left behind by it's owner actually.)
5) There are more photos to be posted another time. Meanwhile, I thought the above story might be of interest. Why not read it again and ride with Stuart. Der Alte rightfully was reminded of J.E.B. Stuart from our American Civil War. Indeed, I named the regimental colonel after him as a result. Seems fitting and proper don't you think?
6) Remarks welcome as always.