The battle game is played on a gridded table. There are small dots for the corners of the squares which don't show up vary well in the pictures.
|American forces line up|
The American forces got the jump on the advancing Hessian's on the British right flank with their skirmishers rapidly advancing and occupying the farm buildings. The British had placed all their light infantry on the other flank and the single square movement of the Hessian line infantry were outpaced by the two square movement of the skirmishing frontiersmen.
|Americans occupy the farm buildings|
On the British right flank the buildings were occupied and their light infantry pushed up to block the American skirmishers. While on the other flank with their forces were able to inflict a number of hits on the American forces, which had pushed up along supported by their second line with the exception of the cavalry who remained in reserve.
|British right flank where Americans occupy the hill|
|British assault the farm buildings and engage advancing American forces|
Turns 5 and 6
The Hessian forces finally took the farm buildings (not without taking substantial casualties) and their line continued to deliver some punishing volleys into the American units.
American units were lost on both turns the commander's resolve dropped from 6 to 4 and the British increased to 7 for occupying the farm buildings.
While holding the line the American commander moved the cavalry held in reserve around the left flank to place pressure on the weaker British forces there.
|British take farm buildings|
|American cavalry move up|
As the American cavalry move around to create a treat for the British line. Their light infantry moved to delay the treat. While the American line was starting to buckle with another two units lost to the combined British volleys and artillery. Although the British line was also suffering losses.
|British light infantry move to help counter the American cavalry treat|
|The American line starts to buckle|
The American cavalry forced to deal with the light infantry were delaying any opportunity to weaken the main British line, which in turn 10 had eliminated another two units and was about the set about the stranded American artillery.
|The American line collapses and victory goes to the Britsh|
With the American commanders resolve at zero and the British resolve at 4. This was a major British victory at the battle of Lightman's wood.
In hindsight if the America forces had put some skirmishers into the centre woods they could have created more trouble for the British line. The split of forces turned out to be to the British advantage and they were able to easily defend their right flank and attack on the left.
|Mid game as both lines exchange volleys|