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Re: Game 3

Post by Ardagor on Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:16 pm

October 1738

New York
While Sullivan`s Army withdrew towards the East and away from New York, the newly arrived American soldiers of the Stamford Brigade moved towards New York and deployed Hunter`s Light Infantry Regimentto the fore, the four battalions of which spread out and moved up to within 130 yards of the walls in skirmish order, and aimed shots at the sentries. The soldiers of the 1st Melilla Regiment fired back, but seemed to having the worse of these minor exchanges. The Stamford Brigade has a total strength of six foot Battalions and 18 dragoon squadrons.

The French escadre dÀmerique under Contre-Admiral Henri Gabaret has sailed into New York. Gabaret bring With him 45 ship of the line, 30 cruisers and 2 auxiliaries.

A French Fleet under Admiral Tourville of 9 ships of the line, ten cruisers, and a dozen auxiliaries has reached New York.


Philadelphia
Le Duc de Biron`s army has begun a blockade by land against Philadelphia, but it may not be all taht effective given that the Delaware is now open since the last French naval squadron left the river for the open sea this month.

Of more import was the deployment of ten siege and 36 Field artillery batteries by the French. These unlimbered in a massed battery and fired laxly to start with, but on suffering no serious reply from the unprotected perimeter of the city the gunners began to shoot with more gutso, and have caused tremendous damage. The National Assembly itself has been reduced to rubble except for a lone statue of an ordianry seeman. An Assembly member of the Government Coalition, a Catholic from Floride lost his life, as did a Federalist. Several buildings, bases and institutes were destroyed including the University of Philadelphia, and the loss amongst the military and civilians is known to be considerable. A mobile Field hospital was also wrecked and the town watch which had been given the task of watching along the perimeter has ceased to exist as a viable unit.

The ships of Admiral Nimitz 1st Fleet took some damage whilst there was a great deal of activity in the harbour as the roundshot bounced down streets and randomly produced casualties and knocked over carts and waggons! Down by the waterfront the secretary for the Navy, Admiral Shepard, was himselfseriously wounded as he headed toward a gangplank at a slow run!

The 25 ketches of the 8th fleet headed into the river and made sure the French Navy really had left these waters, and then proceded downriver. The 1st Fleet of 40 ships of the line and 25 cruisers followed a few days later.



Nova Scotia
Micmac Indians (it is believed) have been responsible for an attack on English fur trappers this month. They killed three trappers and took a large number of fur pelts away with them.
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Re: Game 3

Post by Ardagor on Wed Jun 17, 2015 2:06 pm

Kingmaker wrote:I never understood why France went on this course of action he never replied to any of my letters and I had to use my ambassador in the papers to get answers then it was only blunt and rude which I started readying cossacks and transports to raid France I had 30, 000 of them ready to go and some possible volunteers from Poland to join them. But alas real life intervened.

30,000 cosscks riding around in France making a mess of things would be nice.

I assume that the French player joined Game 3 a few years before me, noticed that most of the French Colonial Empire in North America had gone and decided to take it back. He had been planning something in Canada long before I joined the game. Raising French militia, building fortifications etc in American territory, and then I joined the game and landed in the middle of this plot.

I was expecting a rather small conflict and was very surprised at the speed and strength of the French assault. I did not expect, and was not prepared for it, the first year I was in more or less panic mode, hoping for some kind of help from someone, trying to defend and play for time. Eventually I realised I had to come up with a plan and as the initial force of the French attack dissipated I managed to come up with something. I never really understood why he more or less stopped his attacks, allowing me to recover and rebuild. Perhaps he believed that I was finished and would drop the game?
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Re: Game 3

Post by Ardagor on Wed Jun 17, 2015 2:41 pm

November 1738

Nova Scotia
English fur trappers have been ambushed and had their furs stolen by Micmac Indians in Nova Scotia.


New York
The Republic`s Stamford Brigade has marched East away from New York.


Philadelphia
Philadelphia has once again been subjected to a furious bombardment by the guns of the Armèe de Canada. The statue of an ordinary Seaman still standing outside the ruins of the National Assembly has now itself been reduced to rubble; more substantially the bureau of naval design was also wrecked, as well as the city Library and a granary. The civilian Casualty list this time was 94 dead.

An officer from the 1st Brigade, Republican Guard in Philadelphia approached the French lines under a flag of truce and delivered this message: "You have proven beyiond doubt that you have no concern for the lives of the civilian population in the city and that you have the ability to reduce this city to a heap of rubble littered With dead bodies if you want to. We cannot stop you if this is your intention, it will be a long and gruesome end for a fine city. If you are interested in capturing the city intact without any more bloodshed, we will be willing to surrender the cityto the French forces if all American forces are allowed to leave on the transports in the harbour without being attacked and those that remain are treated well."

While this was going on, French observers were able to see troops in the city embarkingon what appear to be American merchant ships. 18 battalions of foot, five squadrons of dragoons andand some carts and waggons were seen boarding, as well as several hundred civilians.

With the consent of the Duc de Biron these then left Down Delaware aboard the ten liners, allowing the French to march in and take possession of Philadelphia without any further unpleasantness.

Iroqouis Lands
Indians have ransacked a French trade caravanin what is Iroqouis tribal lands (altough it isn`t clear if one of the Iroqouis tribes were responsible for this outrage).


East Texas
Fifty more of the dwindling American settler community in East Texas have been slaughtered by Caddo Indian raiding parties.

Fort Maurepas
The Americas Republic`s Maurepas Squadron has sailed away from the waters near Fort Maurepas.



December 1738

Boston
High Admiral le Duc de Fitzjames, having received orders to intercept any Republican fleet attempting to enter or leave Boston, after a delay of a few days while the weather looked broody sailed with his fleet for the American port. He arrived in Massachusetts Bay With 190 ships of the line, 85 cruisers and Three auxiliaries and found the American 3rd Fleet of 40 cutters to be here! Captain Turner, in command of the cutters, was well aware that the weather was threatening and so rather that attempt to run for the open sea had his small cruisers put into the protected anchorage of Boston Harbour.

The very next day a storm brewed up, and a fierce wind blew which drove the French fleet well out into the North Atlantic, justifying Turner`s caution


New England
General Henry Fitz Lee while riding alone through New England was spotted and chased by French dragoons; the American general spurred his horse and narrowly avided capture. He had hoped to make it to Boston, but was forced into the dense forests and swamplands which form the hinterland of Stamford near the Rippowan River.

East Texas
44 more setlers have been killed in raids by Caddo Indians in East Texas this month.
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Re: Game 3

Post by Ardagor on Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:21 pm

January 1739

New England
In forests and swampland North of Stamford in New England a squadron of French dragoons was caught in a defile by American rangers and gragoons. Few of the French escaped, as after being surprised and set upon with close range enfilade fire from rough ground they rode away down the defile only to be attacked by mounted soldiers of the Americas Republic`s 3rd Dragoon Regiment.


East Texas
Indian raiders have slaughtered 80 more American settlers in East Texas


Quebec
The Dutch trade Office in Quebec has closed Down, citing the Place to be " too Dangerous for business to thrive".



February 1739

Stamford
Ten Huron prisoners have managed to escape from Lieutenant- General Sullivan`s Army at Stamford in New England!


New York
A French corvette shadowed the American 3rd Fleet of 40 cutters which left Boston and made for New York. On arrival Captain Turner had his Fleet stand off out to sea to observe New York, while still in turn being wathced himslef by the corvette.

East Texas
The remaining 136 American settlers in East Texas have been slaughtered by local Indians, meaning that the Republic`s State of east Texas now has no Americans now alive within its borders.


Creek Indian Lands
Alexandre de la Barthe, France`s emissary to the Creek Indians, has been found facedown in a shallow stream With a tomahawk in his back. Who murdered him, or why, has not been established.


Charles Town
The French Armèe Texas de lÈst has marched into Charkles Town and taken possession of the Americas Republic`s facillities there, as well as the settlement itself.
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Re: Game 3

Post by Ardagor on Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:56 pm

March 1739

Boston
We are pleased to report that the AmericasRepublic`s Secretary of the Navy, Admiral Shepard has made a full recovery after being seriously wounded.


Mount Pleasant
Mount Pleasant is the latest town of the Americas Republic to come under French rule.


East Texas
An American trade trayne has been ransacked and attacked by Caddo Indians in the Territory of East Texas.



April 1739
New England
Small scale clashes have taken place in New England between French and American dragoons between Stamford and New York. As a result of this the outnumbered French patrols were driven of in the direction of New York.


Annapolis
Annapolis has declared for France (previously it was part of the Americas Republic).


Iroqouis Lands
Indians have ambushed a French trade caravan in the land of the Iroqouis.



May 1739

New York
Sailing out from Boston, the Americas Republic`s Maurepas Squadron of three frigates moved to a position off New York, and while heading to this station was shadowed on the way by two French Navy corvettes (who kept their distance).

Boston
The First Consul of the Republic, William Penn, has issued this robust statement: "The People of Annapolis have declared for France, this will of course be regarded as treason to the Americas Republic and those responsible for this heinous act will suffer the consequences of their action in due time. Nobody expects a small town that can muster a few hundred armed civilians for its defence to offer any resistance to speak of against a French invader with many thousands of veteran soldiers. In fact,k I expect most towns to fall as soon as the French army approach, but to just cave in and surrendser to the French when they are miles away, that speaks of a craven nature. The Americas Republic will win this war, without the support of Annapolis it seems but victory will be ours all the same."

Acting on higher authority Captain Caleb Hawthorne and men of the Boston Town Watch raided the Treasury of the Republic and examined npapers for several hours, not letting anyone out or in. They then left.

No official explanation has been gien for this, but shortly after the negro officers of the regiments of the Army of Boston are known to be summoned to meet the First Consul in private.


Annapolis
France`s Armèe du Champlain has been spotted leaving Annapolis, cutting inland to circumvent the shore which is heavily indented by east-west running estuaries and rivers. The French appear to be heading for either Williamsburg or Yorktown.


The army was observed on the march by American irregular militiamen who made no attempt to engage.
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Re: Game 3

Post by Ardagor on Wed Jun 17, 2015 4:05 pm

June 1739

North River
American militiamen are aware that France`s Armèe Expèditionnaire, positioned north-west of New York along the West bank of the North River, has been heavily reinforced from New York.

The militia also noticed merchant ships were working up the river from New York and are providing supplies to this army in the Field.


Yorktown
Yorktown has fallen to the French military after the Armèe du Champlain marched in unopposed.


Lake Erie
On the Southern shhore of Lake Erie a French trade caravan has been ambushed by Indians believed to be from  the Mohawk tribe of the Iroqouis.


July 1739

Yorktown
American militiamen have seen the French Armèe du Champlain march inland out of Yorktown.


New York
The Three American cruisers off New York have sailed away to shadow a French fleet which emerged from the harbour there , and is proceeding into the North Atlantic (With a total of 9 ships of the line, 46 cruisers and 48 transports under sail).




August 1739

New York
American militiamen report having seen the Regiment of France march to New York from Philadelphia.

On the other side of New York, to the East across the North River Sullivan`s army of the American Republic arrived and made camp. Lieutenant-General John Sullivan has under arms 50 Battalions of foot, 50 squadrons of horse and a dozen artillery batteries.

The American 3rd Fleet of 40 cutters under Captain John Turner has appeared off New York. The French were forwarned off their approach by one of their own corvettes which had observed this fleet`s sailing from Boston.

In forests between New York and Stamford, East of the North river, an encounter Battle seems to be imminent! On the American side militiamen warned their army of the imminent approach from the West of a French force, while French dragoons likewise warned the French of an American force approaching from the East. However neither side has accurate information on what strength of force they are facing. What is more, neither side had expected this, and so they have halted in the forest some short distance apart. It is obvious that in this terrain artillery is fairly useless and cavalry of equally limited worth, so it is the opposing infantry which is now facing each other. It is just as obvious that neither side can make out the field strength of the other, and to date neither side has launched an attack due to having only limited intelligence about what and who they are facing...
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Re: Game 3

Post by Ardagor on Sun Jun 21, 2015 10:28 am

September 1739

North Atlantic
The Americas Republic`s Maurepas squadron, which had been following the French Escadre dÀmerique 3rd Division, has broken off contact and sailed off on a Westerly course.


New York & Philadelphia
Sullivan`s Army East of New York, after a few days of collecting materials as if preparing to prosecute a siege, broke camp in the rain and force marched into forests to the North.

Kepping a respectable distance away, so far as they are able, eight Battalions of General Pascal de Neufchàtel`s Regiment of France, made up of Mercenaries from the Austrian Army in service of the King of France, crossed over from New York and tentatively plunged into the forest behind Sullivan.

A couple of weeks after this threat to New York had left, French dragoons raised the alarm warning that an American cavalry column of 35 squadrons was approaching down the West bank of the North River! Still observed by French patrols, the Americans continued on their Journey and instead of making for New York rode for Philadelphia instead!

Their arrival North of Philadelphia caused panic amongst the defenders. Work on new fortifications was abruptly abandoned as General Barthèlemey de Bèthune prepared his men to repel an attack (which so far has not yet come).

From New York the Escadre dÀmerique emerged in Battle formation, spreading out into three lines of Battle commanded by admirals Fitzjames, Duquesne and Gabaret respectively. In total the admirals have under sail 190 ships of the line, 90 cruisers following in their wake and one auxillary.

Observing themn approach, Captain Turner and the American 3rd Fleet put on full sail and speed away out into the open sea. Drifting sheets of rain reduced cisiblity, so by the time the French fleet was properly out of port they had lost contact with the Americans. Some cruisers carried out a sweep of the neighbouring waters but the American cutters were not located.


New England
The Duc de Biron was alarmed to find Lieutenant-General John Sullivan`s troops had managed to place themselves along his potential line of retreat to his rear to the West, cutting him off from the North River.

American infantry froom Sullivan`s command probed forward across a clearing and into the woods in which the French are ensconced, and engaged in a series of small skirmishes With French piquets in a series of actions at nothing greater than company strength. The French however used light infantry elements including several of the Troupes de la Marine, and seemed to get the better of these actions, causing the Americans of the quebec brigades to disengage and fall back on Sullivan`s main position.

On the Eastern side of the French position skirmishing also took Place some hours later by which time the French light foot had already been comitted to the Western skirmishes, Darlan`s American light infantry therefore engaged other French foot in skirmishing in the Woods in the East, and here it was the Americans who had the better of the day.

At a Council of hiss officers Marshal Charles-Armand de Gontaut, Duc de Birion expressed his fears that Sullivan would be able to march off and cross the North River without his own army now being able to stop them doing so. For that reason he asked his officers whether they thought he should attack? Some officers said yes, but most were not keen given the nature of the ground which they consider would make any such action a "soldiers battle" With senior command having very little command and control over events. Musing that this was probably true, the duke ruled out an immediate battle.

Minutemen of the American militia have also arrived in samll numbers which are strung out and taking it upon themselves to keep in communication and keep well informed the various American forces in New England. They have also engaged the French, albeit at a distance , taking pot shots day and night in the approximate direction of their positions in the woods. They also felled some trees over the otherwise excellent New England roads to hinder movement by the Duc de Biron`s field army, no matter which direction it moved in. Coming from the South, and while harassed by the American millitaimen, the Regiment of France progressed with difficulty to the camp of Biron`s army, which force they have now joined.

The Freench Commander, unsure where the American forces precisely are, oother than they appear to him to be in control of grounds to his East and West, and to a lesser extent to the South, ordered camp broken and marched North. He found the going through the forest difficult on account of the work of the minutemen, and as he shifted further North the soldiers of Sullivan to Biron`s North appeared to march on a parallell course, preventing any attempt of the French to swing West and make for the North River.


Ft. Maurepas
Several hundred Creek Indians have briefly appeared outside of Fort Maurepas, but they did not stay in sight for long nor attempt to attack the French fortress.


East Texas
Indians of an unidentified tribe have ransacked an American trade caravan traversing Eastern Texas.
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Re: Game 3

Post by Ardagor on Sun Jun 21, 2015 1:08 pm

October 1739

Boston
First consul William Penn praised the miklitaiamen of the Americas Republic With these Words: "You are doing a sterling effort for the survival of the Republic, you are true American heroes. Keep at it, make the French slower and more miserable than if they were moving through mud. They will Write books about Your deeds, they will sïng songs about your efforts, and of course there will be a reward for your hard work after the victory."

French firedhips, 50 in total, appeared off Boston. Leaving aside the suspicion  created by what appeared to be a very large body of French Merchant ships, it is also a fact that French Merchant ships are not permitted into ports of the Republic. Therefore the arrival caused the alarm to be raised for this reason alone, and the Coastal batteries to be manned.

As the French ships moved Close, 35 American ketches and 10 liners who were off Boston made for port ahead of them.

Once it was safe to do so the defensive batteries opened up as the fireships slowly came closer. Four were stopped by this shooting, but no boom could be lifted in time on account of the American ships making to harbour just ahead of the fireships. So the remaining 46 entered...

The three cruisers of the MAurepas squadron bravely attempted to grapple and divert away some of them; they managed to only divert one successfully, leaving the rest to Plough into the ships of the 4th, 7th and 8th fleets which had gone in before and were in the way. Nine of the American vessels were destroyed outright by fire, while dozens more suffered damage, some of it very severe.

Some way behind the fireships sailed the Escadre dÀmerique under High Admiral Duc de Fitzjames. With 170 ships of the line deployed in one long line of Battle, and 106 cruisers holding back out to sea, Fitzjames closed on Boston but soon realised that on account of the fortifications he wouldn`t be able to shoota t any ships laid up in the harbour. Instead he had his line of Battle slowly pass the harbour mouth and fire broadsides as each passed by. They came under fire from the defending batteries, and then stood out to sea while plumes of smoke arose from the embattled harbour.

Fitzjames bombardment destroyed six more vessels and added considerably to the damage wrought within the harbour.


New England
Marshal de Biron`S army is now being harassed by American light infantry approaching in the New England forests from North-East of the Freench position. The Americans skirmishing from this direction have caused growing problems since their sharpshooters managed to probe right into the camp of the Armèe Expèditionnaire. More American skirmishers, including those of Captain Richard Hunter, came at the French also from due North and also caused them difficulties.

Within days American light infantry have also emerged from South of Biron`s position and like the others skirmished with his hard-pressed troops in small scale actions.

While thus harassed, but concluding that it was not entirely safe to either remain here, or indeed to anything, the Duc de Biron concluded that he had little Choice but to attempt to retreat back to North River. This march was continually hindered by the Americans, who moved With him to the North-East, North and South, but he was greatly relieved to eventually make the East bank of North River with his field army battered but still intact. The march had been difficult once again, also on account of fallen trees and the sniping of the American minutemen.

The French are further North than they have been before, and while on the bank beside the North River they are now nearer to Albany than New York.


Philadelphia
American dragoons of the Boston Cavalry Brigade made numerous feint attacks around the perimeter of Philadelphia, sometimes daring to do so as night fell. In each instance they encountered companies of General Barthèlemy de Bèthune`s infantry in the streets and lining gardens, who fired volleys to ward them off. Again and again this worked, but it does seem that the Americans were not really trying to hard to press home their attacks. Rather it seemed like they were probing for weak points.
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Re: Game 3

Post by Jason on Sun Jun 21, 2015 2:04 pm

The more I read the updates, the more admiration I have for Ardagor.  Even making allowances for the fact France has the Atlantic in the way, the fact the Republic has held out and done so well is amazing.
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Re: Game 3

Post by Ardagor on Sun Jun 21, 2015 2:09 pm

November 1739

New England
Skirmishing has continued in the New England forests between American and French infantry elements. In the enfolding actions the French were being consistently outfought.

The vast preponderance of light infantry on the American side allowed them to estimate the strengtrh of the French Armèe Expèditionnaire while it remained on the East bank  of the North River. Duc de Biron is believed to have still under arms 133 battalins of foot, 77 squadrons of horse and 58 batteries of artillery, as well as support elements (approximately 111,000 men).

Under this pressure the Duc de Biron considered it almost impossible to attempt a river crossing without risking his army falling apart in the process, or a large contigent becoming trapped on the East bank while the rest got away. So, after dithering for eleven days with no signs of a let up in the pressure on his men, and after holding several councils of war to consult his officers, his army threw out the cavalry in a strong screen and behind this the rest of the force broke camp and started to proceed down the east bank in a southerly direction.

From the start the cavalry troopers were taking numerous hits from the American light infantry, and a couple of days into the march the French cavalry, which was screening to the South, East and North, were confronted by 54 dragoon squadrons from the Republican guard and the Army of Connecticut. This brought the march of the French to an abrupt halt, and neither side seemed willing to charge. Here they have remainded halfway along the river between Albany and New York, and still on the East side of the river.

During this impasse some Freench dragoons (of uncertain strength) raided into the camp of the Army of Connecticut from the South, from the direction of New York. This initially caused some panic, but once men came under arms to repel the raiders the dragoons had ridden off to the South.
On North River the French could see , within a few days of halting, now and then see a few local river boats going up and Down on the river with American marines on Board.

After the first fortnight of November mortar Shells began to be lobbed from the positions South of the French camp and arced their way high into the sky above. This caused damage to the French for sure, but also to the Americans forces to the North since overshoots happened many times!

A few days later the American dragoon withdrew back but only to reveal a gun line of cannon, ten field artillery batteries deployed from the river to the edge of the forest. These opened fire on the french cavalry, causing them eventually to also retire to their own encampment to avoid further loss.


Philadelphia
Riding from South-West of the city General Jean-Antoine du Valentinois arrived outside Philadelphia With 31 squadrons of French horse and swept around the Northern perimeter to face the 35 dragoon squadrons of the Boston Cavalry Brigade. Major Pulaski, commanding the the latter American cavalry formation was soon aware that the French was fully intending to charge him. Rather than retire he decided to advance to counter-charge , moving in close order in a two-deep line at the fast trot. The French stood in their stirrups and broke into a chaotic gallop, and came on with great elan but rather less good order! However, while the Americans came forward in a single line of two ranks, the French were in three lines, in front were ten squadrons of Dominican cuirassier troopers, and 300 yards behind them a second line of 14 squadrons of horse. A Third line of seven dragoon squadrons stood in the saddle but did not take part in the charge.

As the French rode closer they were disordered but tried to keep to a fairly narrow front, allowing the Americans to easily flank them on either flank them on either side on account of their superior numbers. Despite this the centre of the American line broke; the French first line then set off in wild pursuit!

The rest of the American dragoons, seeing the fate suffered by their centre veered away to either flank to avoid the Frebnch second line, and retired in good order moving away northwards. The French second line, and now the Third as well, followed but were unable to Catch up With them (or did not desire to do so).

Their first line eventually called off their pursuit and rallied back on the rest of Valentinois`command, which has sucessfully driven off the American dragoons away from Philadelphia.

The French therefore did not pursue very far.



Boston
The Escadre dÀmerique has sailed away from its station off Boston.


Williamsburg
American minutemen have reported that a French army is on the march northwards after having come out of Williamsburg
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Re: Game 3

Post by Ardagor on Sun Jun 21, 2015 2:30 pm

Jason wrote:The more I read the updates, the more admiration I have for Ardagor.  Even making allowances for the fact France has the Atlantic in the way, the fact the Republic has held out and done so well is amazing.

Thank, it is appreciated, it has certainly been a wild ride. I have done my fair share of mistakes but the French is not much better so we have ended up in a slow griding war of attrition, who knows how it will end.
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Re: Game 3

Post by Ardagor on Sun Jun 21, 2015 4:28 pm

December 1739

North River
The Boston Cavalry Brigade, having ridden up from Philadelphia locality, and numbering 35 deagoon squadrons, arrived on the West bank of the North river opposite the French Field army of Marshal de Biron, which holds this part of the East bank.

On the East bank skirmishing continued between the Freench and American light infantry. During the clashes it remains obvious that the Americans were in the ascendancy and frequently managing to harass the main body of French troops as well as their skirmish screen. The French appeared to be both outnumbered and outfought when it canme to these encounters.
Early on the morning of Friday, 5th of December, 8 batteries of 4pdr cannon rushed out toward the French lines and after unlimbering started to throw grapeshot into their position. Behind them emerged a wall of infantry, 16 infantry battalions deployed along a relatively narrow front to the North, and followed by more lines of similar strength, allsuitably separated by space.

French marine piquets were driven in, and as the 4pdrs limbered up and moved out of the way of the American foot, rolling toward French Northern perimeter, General Maurice, Comte de Saxe deployed 15 Battalions of foot to meet them head-on.

Duc de Biron was content to let this happen, there being insufficient time to have his own artillery reply to the American attack given that they had emerged from Woods and already far to close for Comfort.

The musketeers of both armies had formed in Three ranks, but it was the Freench who fired first at a range of just 50 yards. They fired by platoon, creating a pattern of smoke from one platoonthen another in quick succession.

The disiplined shooting should have been devastaing, but as the smoke billowed up and about the French line, it was their infantry who suddenly broke and ran in the frace of the enemy, who had yet toi Level a single musket barrel.

This encouraged the Americans to continue their advance, despite the losses they had taken. Drums rattled, the stars and stripes were held aloft and fluttered through the disbursing smoke as they marched on.

Using the flat of his sword, De Saxe tried desperately to rally his men to form a new line. As they fled, De Biron formed a new second line of 20 more battalions. The routers went behind and through the gaps in this line, and then the Americans were seen to be still relentlessly advancing. Again the French got off the first fire, and again it was delivered by platoons. This new fire caused the American line to halt involuntarily. Fearing they may now break, Lieutenant-General John Sullivan ordered his troops to retire in an orderly manner, which they did.

While falling backthe American lines hgalted several times in order to dress the ranks and  to enable the battalion guns accompanying them to belch grapeshot into the French. The latter showed no desire to follow, and in some state of shock held their ground. The Americans detached themselves from the Sharp action whithout further trouble.

Two armed French transports sailed up the North River With the intention of dropping supplies off for De Birons troops. Before they reached the drop-off point 40 haevy calibre American cannon lining the East bank in a grand battery contested their passage.

Despite taking a battering from these guns, the French ships through and dropped off stores. Alas on the Return trip they had to og through it all again, but this time having unloaded their cargo their crew were off a mind to shoot back with their own cannon. The ships still passed by, but their own crews were shocked to see badly their vessels were shoyt up!

It was sinking hearts they then saw boats carrying American marines heading for them on the river. The marines managed to come alongside and climb up and board the shipos. In both cases, following a brief combat the liner masters struck their colours and surrendered.

As night approached the marines decided mto set fire to their prizes, and did so. The flames were seen off the river for most of the night.

Three days later Flotille de Transprt No. 1 of 13 cruisers and 18 transports, moved up the North River. It was escorted by the Escadre dÀmèrique of 190 ships of the line, 85 cruisers and one liner.

The nmarines in their boats on seeing this mighty French armada majestically process up the river made themselves scarce. To avoid them being captured they set fire to their own boats themselves and retreated ashore.

The American gun line opened fire once again, but shortlt after the gunners probably wished they hadn`t bothered given the weight of return fire they received from the ship of war. The American grand battery was complketely flattened, With not a gun carriage left intact following the deluge of cannon balls which came their way!

The large naval force reached De Biron`s camp and started taking on an ever-increasing number of troops. The perimeter of the camp shrank exponentially as troops were taken aboard, altough loading them was hardly easy given the lack of facilities.

To date the Duc de Biron has remainded in camp from where he is supervising the operation on land. He patently asof this day retains command of some regiments still on terra firma.


New England
An American supply trayne bringing up supplies intended fro the Army of Connecticut has been captured by French dragoons. They took the trayne as it was traversing New England to the East of North River.


New York
Shadowed by a French cruiser the Americas Republic Maurepas squadron of Three frigates has sailed from off New York to Boston.
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January 1740

Le Comte de Averyon, the French ambassador to the Swiss Cantons, has aked if his host has mercenaries for hiring? If the answer is yes, how many and which troops are offering and what is the price they demand?

The same question was put by French representatives to the courts of Bavaria, Saxony, Liege-Cologne, Hesse-Darmstadt, Hanover, Baden and Lorraine.


North River
The French naval elements on the North River have sailed down the waterway to New York, leaving behind on the East bank the remnant of the Duc de Biron Armèe de Expèditionnaire.

Against this remnat the American forces to the North and South continued to press in With intense clouds of skirmishers. They destroyed the French Ndar Dragoon Regiment, which dismounted to try and contest their action and the cavalry, artillery and support elements still present was badly mauled.

Despairing of getting away while under this constant pressure, Marshal Charles-Armand de Gontaut, Duc de Biron ordered his artillery destroyed along with his supplies and logistics. They were engulfed in fires after which nearly 5,000 French gunners and support staff surrendered to General Henry Fitz Lee`s Army of Connecticut positioned to the South.

With 56 squadrons of horse Biron left his battered camp and rode East being fully aware the positions to his North and South were swarming With American troops. Passing by an abandoned army camp in the open forest, this route he took enabled him to get away.

Even so they were still shot at by American minutemen, Roger`s Rangers and Hawthorne`s and Morgan`s light infantry as the French headed for New York, following a brief movement northward which was soon abandoned.

Although in  terribel condition the Duc de Biron and his troopers have made it back to New York. De Biron and his officers really do think their escape was miraculous!
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Post by Ardagor on Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:27 pm

February 1739

Metz
Duke Charles Lothringen has said Lorraine is not in a position to hire out mercenaries to France but wishes His Most Christhian Majesty well in all his Endeavours.

Empress Katrina of Brunswick has expressed her concern on seeing war extended into the Mediterranean, especially since the war iun  the Americas involving France has not yet been resolved. She published he heartfelt concern that the King of France may be overstretching his nation`s military and admitted she did not wish to antagonize the Caliphate. For that reason alone, due to this unease and with an desire not to make new enemies she has declined to allow Hanover to offer troops for hire to France.


Liege
While unable to offer soldiers to France at this point in time, Archbishop Joseph Clemens of Cologne has le mass and prayers for the success of French and Spanish arms against the Caliphate.


Strasbourg
Margraf Johan II of Baden has lamented that his state`s army is to small to provide any mercenaries to France.


Stuttgart
Due to underlying tensions with the House of Hanover, Prince Leopold of Saxony-Wurtemberg has decided he cannot afford to reduce his military establishment by hiring any regiments out as mercenaries to France.


Darmstadt
For the third time during his reign, landgraf Karl Rudolph of Hesse-Darmstadt has commented that the moment he has no new troops available to hire to any parties as mercenaries.


Munich
The Elector of Bavaria`s Foreign Secretary, Paul Hoffman, has stated that his Prince is interested in selling the following troops: 6 infantry Battalions (with attached battalion guns, 6 dragoon squadrons, 6 light cavlry squadrons and 3 galloper batteries.

Munich looks forward to recieving bids for any or all of these troops, and will make an desicion dependant on how generous such bids are. However, should the Empress ask Bavaria not to sell of these troop assets, Prince Ferdinand Maria Wittelsbach shall immediately withdraw this offer.


Zurich
Minister of State Reimar von Rittenburg of the Swiss Catons has for hire eight foot battalions and six dragoon squadrons. The dragoons, who are russians rather than Swiss can be released to France for a one-off fee off 900,000 livres. The infantry who are Swiss can be hired out on an annual contract, at a price of 800,000 livres per year.


Boston
In an open-air meeting (on account of having no roofed place in which to meet), First Consul William Penn made the folloeing Speech to the members of the Americas Republic Assembly (providentially, altough the wind was blowing, the Meeting was blessed wit a period of dry weather).

"I would like to tell you a story. A large group of Frenchmen wandered into the lovely New England forest some time ago. Being good hosts we threw them a party, however they did not appear to appreciate all our efforts and wanted to leave almost immediately, which we were reluctant to allow. Finally most of them sailed home with some boats they had available. Some of the remaining decided they wanted to be our guests and the rest left in a hurry, appearantly believing it was a miracle they got away at all."

"All I can say is victory! Such a suberb word, not a crushing war-winning victory perhaps but i will take any victory. Will this make the French leave us alone? Probably not, they are known to be stubborn, determined and thick-headed and I believe we will have to give them a few more bashes before reality sinks in. But. it was a good start, may we continue in this manner."

His Words were applauded!
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Re: Game 3

Post by Ardagor on Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:38 pm

March 1739

East Texas
Caddo Indians have raided and seized an American trade caravan in East Texas.


The Court of King James (Only the part of the statement regarding the war is included).
I am also willing to offer the use of Hampton Court Palace for peace talks between the Kingdom of France and the Americas Republic, as I am convinced that neither side can win an outright victory in this long and ultimately futile campaign, although I am less than optimistic that such an settlement can be reached, as I may be considered less than impoartial, however I am determined to see the conflict resolved as it is affecting the Crown`s trade with not only the Americas but also with the Caribbean, and this cannot be allowed to continue unanswered.

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April 1740

Munich
The offer of Bavarian troops for hire as mercenaries has been withdrawn afer an objection was lodged by the Empress.


Ft. Maurepas
Indian Warriors of an unknown tribe have been briefly sightred outside Fort Maurepas. They withdrew shortly after arriving, without incident.


East Texas
An american trade caravan have been ransacked by Caddo Indians in the territory of East Texas.

Boston
A French corvette shadowed three American frigates of the Maurepas Squadron which sailed from Boston to a position off New York.

France`s Escadre dÀmerique appeared off boston. High Admiral Duc de Fitzjames, commanding, quickly realised he could not immediately bombard the American ships resting at anchor here (although he could observe there are some present, if only because of visible top masts and via the harbour mouth). The reason stopping direct action was the walls of Boston upon which he could spy artillery batteries.

Instead of doing nothing he issued orders for his ships to pass the walls in three lineships divisions, under himself, Admiral Duquesne and Contre-Admiral Gabaret respectively. His division of 55 lineships opened gun ports and passed first to engage the defenders. no ships were sunk by the American gunners to cause widespread but perhaps minor damage to many of them. However the defending batteries was actually silenced by Fitzjames guns. This allowed the next two divisions to pass closer to the harbour mouth and shoot roundshot into the anchored ships Beyond. The result was sheer carnage in the port, including Merchant losses the Americans sufferd 13 liners, 4 ketches and 4 barges sunk. In addition 3 English merchant ships here on business was destroyed.

The total strength of the Escadre dÀmèrique is 170 ships of the line, 105 cruisers and a transport.

William Penn has adressed another open air meeting in Boston after the bombardment was over:

"We noticed with interest that King James III has offered the use of Hampton Court Palace for Peace talks between  the Kingdom of France and the Americas Republic. We would be happy to send a diplomat to any such talks of course, but I feel it would be a bit pointless unless the French have a similar interest in Peace. As soon as France give an indication that they may be prepared to negotiate an end to this endless and futile war our represenative will be in place in Hampton Court Palace to start talks. We leave it to French discretion to determine when the peace talks should begin. Our policy remains as it has been since this unfortunate war started; the Republic cannot defeat France, it is just impossible, what we can do is remain a thorn in the side of the French Army until King Louis decides it is time to stop losing men and Money in America."




May 1740  

Boston
The Escadre dÀmerique off Boston has sailed away. It was later seen arriving at New York where three American frigates on station off the port sailed further out to sea to avoid being engaged by this superior French force.


Berne
The Alexis Dragoon Regiment of six squadrons of Russians now in French pay has left Berne and ridden for the border with France.


Hamburg
Eight battalions of Swiss mercenaries in the French service have been lifted from Hamburg by French merchants ships which then set sail.


Versailles
The King of France`s Chancellor le Duc de Brissac, has offered to send a diplomat to Hampton Court Palace if the Americas Republic will do the same. France proposes negotiations beginning in August 1740.

The French Ministry of the Marine has issued 150,000 livres in compensation to the English traders who lost three merchant ships during the bombardment of Boston."
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Post by Ardagor on Sun Jun 21, 2015 10:01 pm

June 1740

Boston
The following statement was made by the First Consul of the Americas Republic, William Penn:

"It is with great pleasure and quite a bit of surprise we receive the news that the French government is prepared to enter the proposed peace talks at Hampton Court. We will of course send a diplomat there and agree that starting in August will be aceptable to us if the English government approve. Our efforts to remove the French military occupation will of course continue until a peace treaty or ceasefire agreement has been signed between the Americas Republic and France."




July 1740

London
George Musgrove has reached London and gone to Hampton Court Palace as the Americas Republic representive to the forthcoming peacetalks which are touted to soon take place there. He has stated that he will only stay if his role as such as an representive is deemed acceptable by the British Government.

It would seem that indeed he is, because shortly after his arrival he was feted along with the Comte de Siroac from france With a sumptuous dinner. King James told them: "Gentlemen, I am delighted that both France and the Republic has chosen the path of peace rather than continued agression. Together you and I have a sacred duty to prevent any further effusion of blood and to bring peace to the Americas, and peace with honour to you both. Let us all pray that we are worthy of such a goal."


Boston
In the open air, William Penn adressed members of teh Americas Republic`s Assembly:

"We are as you know involved in a war of survival against the armies of France, and through much bloodshed the enemy has been forced to negotiations in England, may they bring Peace to this fair land at last."

"The war have unfortunately brought economic trouble to our nation. Wars are costly in blood and money. I am sorry to say this but we are forced to raise taxes to fuill our coffers, we need to be as strong as possible during and after these peace talks as we know that the French prey on the small and weak. Lets be small and strong! I propse to increase the tax on nobles by 4% to 5% and on commoners by 4% to 10%. These are tough measures and Our People hae been through much already but without the Money there will be no army and With no army there will be no Republic. Slaves under King Louis and his cannibal allies... not a fate I wish for."

"With much reluctance the members voted in favour of the measures, which are nw being implemented."

A clerk called Mark Carrington has been thrown into Boston gaol. He had been employed as a clerk for a couple of days in the Americas Republic Foreign Ministry but was found making a copy of a letter from Willam Penn intended for King James of England.

He denies wrongdoing, saying he was making a copy for ministry archives before the said letter was sent of to London. When told that was not necessary he pointed out that he was new in the job and did not know that. The case went for a early hearing before a judge, who concluded there was no case to answer, and dismissed the case and insisted Carrington be reinstated in his job, which has happened."


Ohio River
Some English fur trappers have complained that Iroquois warriors have demanded that they leave the Ohio Valley. Nobody has been hurt but the fur trappers are convinced the Indians believe they are really French!"


East Texas
Caddo Warriors have captured an American trade caravan in East Texas.
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August 1740

Providence
Major Thomas Knowlton and the officers and men of the Philadelphia Light Brigade have been treated to a party while at rest in Providence. Knowloton was extravagant in his praise for his troops: "They fought well in the forest battle, used light craft to engage and capture two supply ships, and were only driven away from mthe river by the arrival of the French battle fleet, an excellent performance." He has ordered that each man will receive three Guineas as a reward for their efforts in this war.


Statement by His Gracious Majesty King James III of England & Ireland, VIII of Scotland, King of Poland-Lituania, Captain-General of the Swiss Cantons. (Only the part concerning the war.)
Gentlemen and Princes of Europe, I herby welcome his excellency George Musgrove & Monsieur le Comte de Siorac as represenatives of their respecting governments in the hope of securing peace between the Kingdom of France and the Americas Republic. I charge them both to come to the negotiations with an open mind in an effort to secure peace for both countries, peace with honour, but first and foremost a peace that will endure. I recognize that there is a good deal of emnity between the two parties however I am hopeful of bringing both sides together, if only to discuss Peace calmly and forthrightly. War may be honourble, it may be necassary if only for survival, but behind all the rethoric & the facade of honour wr is simple, plain butchery.

War should always be the last argument of Kings and Governments, the very last and should never be entered into lightly. It rarely impacts upon the lives of Princes or the ruling elite, it is the ordinary people who suffer & they will eventually hold their rulers to account. I hope that Master Musgrove and Monsieur lk Comte de Siorac forgive my passionate appeal to reason, however I know more than most the appalling waste brought about by conflict, and despit being first and foremost an soldier, I hate war with an all-consuming passion.

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Post by Ardagor on Mon Jun 22, 2015 7:32 pm

September 1740

Providence
Soldiers of the Americas Republic serving under Lieutenat-General John Sullivan have celebrated their part so far in the war with France by holding a big party outside. Each man was also paid a guinea as a bonus.

The General took time to address them: "You have fought the French for years now, many of you from the very first attack on Quebec. I know that some of you feel a little downcast at the  flight from that fair city, but when a few hundred men face 100,000 or more there is only one course of action: Flee and fight another day, and fight you have. You stopped the French in the battle of the Wilderness, they had to send their massive Battle Fleet to rescue their army. It also appears that you scared the French. They have not come forth to play with us anymore, and they have accepted peace talks. You did this, you stopped the French juggernaut, and you made them sit in their fortresses. You made them want to talk instead of just grabbing what they want. I am proud of you and you should be proud of yourself, today we will party and forget our troubles. As for tomorrow, tomorrow is another day."



October 1740

Statement by His Most Gracious Majesty King James III of England & Ireland, VIII of Scotland & I of Poland-Lithuania. (Only the part of the statement concerning the war).
I hope that the French and American governments remain patient with me in trying to formulate a full cessation of hostilities, I will admit that it has been more difficult to find common ground between the warring factions than I had originally thought, thus I hope that both sides understand & remain comitted to a full & honourable Peace. Both delegations have my personal assurance that I will do all in my Power to bring about lasting Peace, even at the cost of personal considerations. I also caution both sides in this dipute not to be to immovable in their stances towards one another otherwise I can only forsee failure which none of us really want?




November 1740

London
At Hampton Court Palace, King James presented a copy of his draft peace proposal to the French and Republican delegates le Comte de Siorac and George Musgrove:

"Gentlemen, here are my draft proposal for peace between you. I want you to read them, digest them, and formulate your response to them. For myself I am briefly travelling into London to attend the wedding of a friend, however I shall return next month to hear your arguments and counterpropsals. In the meantime I leave you to your own Devices. Please try not to kill eachother whilst I am gone."
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December 1740

Boston
The First Consul of the Americas Republuic has issued the following statement:

"The Republic is in an extreme situation with the current war, and as aconsequence I decided to take an extreme measure, to Extreme it would appear and it is time to take Stock. I do see that it is somewhat less than considerate to expect the comman man to pay extra in silver at the tax office and in blood at the battlefield. The recent tax increase on commoners will therefore be abolished and the tax will return to its former level of 6%."

The tax Level on the commons have been reduced from 10% to 6%.


Philadelphia
While French dragoons warned of the approach of two American Field armies moving on New York from the North-West (albeit neither of which appeared there this month), the Americas Republic Army of Maryland did come into view North of Philadelphia. Work on fortifications here was abandoned as a result, and the Americans having arrived sent officers toward Philadelphia from Lieutenant-General Erik van Darlan, shouting out warnings to civilians to "stay out of the area of combat once the attack starts". At the same time 2 Guineas were being issued to the men of the Army of Maryland as a reward for their fast rate of riding hence, despite some inclement weather encountered. The Maryland troopers number 279 squadrons of horse, over 40,000 men including many foreigners. They camped North of the city.

Aware of their presence if only beacuse of the warnings issued to the civilians, which of course they also heard. General Barthèlemy de Behauharnais ordered the grain reserves destroyed which was done the same day. while the fires was watched carefully toi avoid their spread plans were being put into action for the French troops to move out on the morning.

Captain Nicholas Lancret, a Merchant Commander, protested the destruction of so much valuable grain, but his Words fell on deaf ears.

In the early hours of the morning attacks were launched in the dark against the Northern perimeter of Philadelphia and caused utter chaos in the area. French soldiers, while largely prepared to move, were running about pell-mell and cavalrymen attempted to mount horses while American dragoons swept through in strength and cut down anyone in their way. In many instances groups of French troops found themselves surrounded as dawn arrived, and were forced to surrender. American Horse pushed deeper into the city and attempted to capture de Beuharnais who escaped by the skin of his teeth! The French rallied in the southern part of Philadelphia, and having done so retreated in a South-Westerly direction away from Philadelphia and along the North bank of the Delaware River. The French cavalry did its best to form a screen to cover the retreat, but the Americans had their hands full mopping up isolated French troops in the city and so were in no position to pursue."

New York
Three American cruisers appeared off New York. The French navy had no warning since partrolling craft had taken shelter as a precaution against stormy weather. At New York the New arrivals caused the ships of the Esadre dÀmerique to cease training and they sheltered in port. The total number of ships doing so amounted to 64 ships of the line and 65 crusers.


Iroqouis Lands
Iroquis Warriors have ransacked a French merchant caravan, altough while the merchant and his drivers were roughed up, none of them were killed or taken into captivity.
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January 1741

London
King James is known to have called in the Russian ambassador Alexander Baryatinski for a private audience.

Afterwards, speaking to the delegates from France and the Americas Republic, le Comted de Siorac and George Musgrove respectively, James expressed his deep disappointment at the lack of progress at the peace talks.

"Both sides seems as far apart as ever despite my best efforts" he admitted, "You cannot even maintain a ceasefire during these negotiations."

De Siorac explained that he now had to withdraw from the talks. Before leaving he gave a gift to King James and thanked His Highness in the name of King Louis and the people of France for his friendliness, Hospitality and efforts."


Boston
First Consul William Penn has spoken to members of the ruling the Assembly of the Americas Republic (who still have no permanent Place to meet):

"Victory, I truly love the sound of that word. Philadelphia has been liberated, a swift stroke by the Army of Maryland was all it took to send the French running away, proving that the French can evacuate our towns in a hurry given the right motivation, they do not need several months."

"We sincerly hope that this action will prove to the Frenh in general and King Louis in particular that the American army have sharp teeth and quite a few of them. This war is a waste of time, Resources and lives for all involved."

"However, the Republican armed forces can and will presecute the war to the best of their abilities until peace have been achieved. I am confident in the strength of our armed forces and that they will defend the Republic from the enemy."

In Boston, as well as Philadelphia, Ticonderoga, Fort Niagara and Albany, pamphlets have been distributed, which declare France will pay every soldier currently in service for the Americas Republic double the amount of their usual pay if they join the Army of France. I addition France will pay an extra Bounty of one year`s salary to every soldier joining our side`. Despite their wide distribution on the face of it the pamphlets do not appear to have enjoyed much success.


New York
New England militiamen are aware that a French Field army has emerged from New York and take up postions outside.

The three American cruisers stationed off New York sailed away when ten French cruisers emerged from the port while escorting 15 transports.


Philadelphia
William Gates has examined Philadelphia and is pleased to report no major recronstruction is necessary despite the recent fighting!

South-West of Philadelphia and despite riding through storms which served to make the jaunt unpleasant for all concerned, the Maryland cavalry appeared behind the retreating French troops of Armèe Texas de LÈst.

General Barthèlemy Beuharnis asked General Jean-Antoine du Valentinois to use his cavalry to protect the French main body. Under a dark grey tumbling sky Valentinois deployed his troopers while Behaurnis marched his own troops away as best he could.

Lieutenant-General Erik van Darlan commanding the American horse, could not deploy along a wide front because of watercourses, marshland and Woods, but found an area in which he could charge with a frontage of ten squadrons in close order.

His first two lines consisting of Major John Pelham`s 1st Horse Brigade, came on at the fast trot With swords drawn in a two deep line across soft ground.

The French charged as a mass of 21 horse squadrons, troopers standing in their stirrups and pressing on at the gallop. Little consideration was given to retaing order and du Valentinois led the charge from the front! However, as the lines converged the French seemed to slow their speed, the horses perhaps reacting to the solid line of cavalry moving inexorably toward them. The first lines threaded through each other, cutting and slashing. It seemed that the French were getting best of it judging by American losses, but to their credit Americans (and Russians in their service behind them) did not give up. The French, discouraged suddenly by the tidal wave behind the first two, and seeing no signs of their enemy breaking, lost courage and fled. However on the narrow front, and having themselves been rudely treated, the Americans choose not to pursue, allowing the French to get away.



Iroqouis Lands
The American Alexander Spotswood has asked for a private meeting with the Iroqouis chiefs and presented them with gifts.

The Great Chief allowed him into his abode, but there were no other chiefs on hand.


East Texas
Caddo Indians have ransacked an American trade caravan in East Texas.


Public Statement by His Most Christian Majesty King Louis XV of France
With dismay I register the attack of the Americas Republic last mont against Philadelphia. France had agreed to stop any offensive operations against the Americas Republic as long as the peace talks last. At the request of my dear cousin James R I agreed to his wish that during said formal negotiations both sides refrain from any direct military actions. Appearantly the Americans did not stick to it which is really sad as not only the honour of France is smudged by this ignoble act, as we honoured the cease-fire, but also the honour of my beloved cousin whose tirelessly effort to find peace have been utilised.

I therefore give orders to recall de Comte de Siorac from the peace talks at Hampton Court Palace. I made a generous proposal at the peace talks to the Americas Republic but after last month I am unable to continue the peace talks.

Many thanks to my dear cousin for all his work and efforts to bring the war to an end, but i am sure that he understands that under these circumstances I have no choice but to come to this decision.
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February 1741

London
King James bid farwell to George Musgrove, the Americas Republic peace delegate, and apologxed for not being able to bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict between the Republic and France. "I am saddened that I was not able to bring Peace" James said "For war is anathema to me. I hate it. I can only hope that sooner rather than later common sense can prevail and peace can be achived."

After parting Company With Musgrove, His Majesty admitted to the Queen that he felt excessively pessismistic and weary after failing to bring peace to America.

"I feel so useless and with little influence, henceforth I shall concentrate my efforts upon my Family." He groaned.

Queen Mary gently chided him for speaking like that. "James, you are the most honourable of men, you are not useless and you have a great deal of influence. If others do not recognize the fact, then that is their fault, not yours."

A banquet was hosted at st. James Palace to celebrate the bithday of the Duke of Kent and the Duchess of Rutland, the royal twins. Afterwards the King and Queen retired to Hampton Court to take some rest.


Ft. Maurepas
Creek Indian scouts appear to be keeping a wathcful eye on the French garrison at Ft. Maurepas.


Ft. St. Joseph
An Oneida Iroqouis warband armed With flintlock muskets moved against Fort st. Joseph but soon came under fire from French musketeers on the walls. This appears to have surprised the Indians, who instead of fighting fled quickly and didn`t return to the scene.


Public Statement by the First Consul of the Americas Republic William Penn
There was a statement by King Louis of France in the paper last month and it was the usual drivel drom Paris. The Americas Republic has not broken any cease-fire as none has been agreed upon. It is a sad fact that the delegations from our two nations was unable to agree on much apart from that we continue talking, but now we do not even agree on that. I do not know how King Louis got this idea into his head that combat operations had ended during the peace talks. The main reason our forces have been rather inactive lately is that Our army was worn down during the Battle of the wilderness a year ago and rest was badly needed. Now we are ready for the next round in this sad story of war.

We have repeatedly said that we will continue our efforts to liberate our civilians under French occupation until a peace treaty or ceae-fire have been signed. This have been our position throughout this war and will remain so in the future until peace returns to America.

I am certain King Louis believe the French proposal during the peace talks was generous, we would use an entirely different word to describe the French proposal.

The proposal from the Republic was also quite generous, at least in my opinion, the cleft between the two proposed treaties was to great to be bridged however.

We are sad that King Louis have decided to leave the peace talks, our diplomat will remain in England and wait for the Peace talks to resume. They have to at some point as this war can only end through diplomacy. To make certain that no one has any misgivings, we will fight, attack the enemy and liberate our civilians until a cease-fire agreementor peace traty has been signed. We will not give up, we will not surrender, we will fight for freedom and liberty for as long as is necessary to achieve peace. There is one person in this world that can stop this war and that is King Louis, we would appreciate it if he would agree to a real cease fire or quite simply take his army back to France. The war will then be over, as if by magic.

We know that the French are less than honourable, their alliance with cannibals speak volumes about them but we were quite surprised that our civilians in French captivity have been fairly well treated. King Louis may be a thief for trying to stael our land and a liar to tell his tall tales but he is not a murderer at least. We do hate the French for attacking us, and trying to take our land, using their allies to kill and eat our citizens, but we do respect their fighting abilities and endurance.
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March 1741

Ft. San Carlos
A warband of Creek Indians entered the ruined site of Fort San Carlos which had been burned down by the French army in 1738, and found it to be deserted except for one man. He was tortured, and under duress admitted to being French. He was then executed without mercy.




April 1741

Boston
Shadowed by a French Navy corvette on patrol, three American frigates sailed from Boston to off New York. American lookouts observed dragoons on patrol near the shore, but were unable to ascertain much else with regard to what was happening.




May 1741

Boston
The Three American cruisers off New York sailed for Boston and entered that port while being chased there by a French fleet of 145 ships of the line, 45 cruisers and 30 ketches which entered the Massachusetts Bay in their wake.

The ketches anchored and bombarded Boston. There was no return fire from the defences. They failed to do serious damage, but did destroy a cache of cannon.
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June 1741

Paris
Count Guldenlieu, the Danish ambassador, has queried what the French Crown`s strategic objectives are in North America?

"It seems clear that the Americas Republic shall not surrender or concede anything, and will have to either be utterly destroyed or given what the First Consul wants. I just Wonder if his Majesty the King of france have considered if the cost is worth the possible gain?" he said.


Boston
The following statement was issued from First Consul of the Americas Republic, William Penn:

"it is with great sadness I watch the massive French fleet outside Boston, bombarding the city from a safe distance. So far only military equipment have suffered damage, and I suppose we cannot complain much about that, but it is only a matter of time before our civilians suffer the harsh brutality of King Louis. We will have to change our policies if this cowardly French attack should manage to inflict casualties on our civilian population. Accidents happen in war and People die unfortunately, but firing a more or less random bombardment weapon on a town filled with people is something else, it is just criminal. We will pull out of the peace talks as the French have already done and will not engage in any negotiations With the Freench for the time being."


Annapolis
American General William Rogers have taken Annapolis for the Republic without a fight. As his troops marched in it was eerily quiet, except for the rattle of their drums, because the populace choose to remain indoors and shutter their doors.


Ft. Frontenac
After landing off bateaux boats on the shore of Lake Ontario, the four American battalions of the 6th Pennsylvania Light Infantry Brigade Advanced by column through the forests to Fort Frontenac. They had not been amongst the trees for long when they were attacked by numerous Indians of the Malecite, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot and Abenaki tribes. Providentially for the Pennsylvanians the Indians did not press home these attacks, but used them as harrying raids, to discomfort and disconcert Major Mongomery`s soldiers. In this they largely failed, the Americans showed commendable discipline and reaching the trading post in reasonably good order.

Frontenac itself was occupied without incident and so has come under American rule rather than French.
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July 1741

Amsterdam
Grand Pensionary Anthonie van der Heim of the United Provinces has expressed his concern over the French Navy`s indiscriminate use of bomb ketch mortars against Boston, observing that such fire is notoriously erractic and likely to cause significant civilian casualties as seen at Algiers.


Versailles
Chancellor le Duc de Brissac, after mocking the First Consul of the Americas Republic for being a "petulant spoilt child" who does not know how negotiate or compromise spoke as follows:

"Despite this, the French is going to take the initiative unilaterally to bring an end to the impasse in the colonies. France intends to only claim Canada in North America and will begin a process of withdrawing forces to that Territory. However if the petulant Americans attack our troops while doing so then this policy shall be modified to allow revenge action to be taken as a deterrent to further agression. If in their petulance they can bring themselves to keep away, then they can have the previously mainland English colonies, we will keep Canada, and if we shall not exactly enjoy Peace atleast we can avoid fighting each other and so bring peace about gradually on the ground."


East Texas
Not for the first time an American trader has been ambushed and had his goods seized by the Caddo Indians in the territory of East Texas.


Yorktown & Mount Pleasant
American loyalists in Yorktown and Mount Pleasant have overthrown French rule and returned the towns back to the control of the Americas Republic.
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August 1741

St. Petersburg
Lukas Harrison, the Americas Republic`s ambassador to Russia has asked Chancellor Ioannis Methodios if the Republic is allowed to recruit in the nation, an in which case, what numbers and what price?"

"We aree not looking for any trouble and will follow any directives from the Russian government strictly."His excellency promised

"Chancellor Methodios nodded, "I can offer you recruit licences for £20 per man. They give permission to recruit the number of recruits, the number being the same as he number of licences purchased. Please be aware though that they just grant licence to recruit, you`ll still need to send recruiting parties and perhaps offer bounties to volunteers to get them to sign up to your cause."

He paused and then added, "There`s no limit to how many licences you may purchase."


Boston
William Penn has spoken to the National Assembly of the Americas Republic:

"I am appearantly a "petulant spoilt child" according to the French Chancellor, it is always nice to be appreciated and this is indeed high praise from Versailles. I prefer stubborn and difficult myself but petulant and spoil works as well I suppose, I have been called worse and indeed  have called Louis himself far worse. We have of course been trying to wear down French patience in this war and this seems to have had an effect after five long years. I am also unable to negotiate and compromise, still according to the Chancellor, this is of course because I refused the French demands during the peace talks and responded with proposals of our own. To deny King Louis anything is of course not acceptable in Versailles, but I am certain even King Louis can understand that my main priority during the peace talks was to achieve the best possible deal for the Republic. The result of this is of course that my goals and King Louis goals are opposed to each other and somebody had to give eventually, and it was not going to be me."

"Louis is a powerful man, leading one of the most powerful nations on this Earth, and one day he decided he wanted North America. Usually Louis get what he wants, but this time was different. The French armies have been unable to win a conlusive victory, and neither have the American forces. And so the war just grinds on and on wth no end in sight."

"There was a new statement from Versailles July 1741 The French will evacuate their forces to Canada, and will take revenge action as a deterrent to future agression if American forces should attack French forces. No further indication on what these "revenge attacks" are but I will repeat what I have said before, any attacks on civilians is not acceptable and we will take action when appropriate. In any case, our nations reamain at war and France will take revenge if American forces should attack French forces occupying American Territory. I am certain all of this make sense inside the head of King Louis, I am just a child so I do not understand these things. Our armed forces will continue to attack the French invasion army as long as our nations remain at war. That should be so simple that even King Louis should be able to grasp the concept."

"So, let us get this straight, France declared war on America because we killed some of his favourite cannibals and the French army captured a large number of towns and villages in the first years of the war. Then we had the peace talks, which the French left after American forces liberated Philadelphia. Several of our towns have since then been liberated and Louis must have realised that the war may continue indefinetely unless he take some action. We certainly appreciuate that King Louis have finallyt reached the conclusion that he cannot win this war without committing huge resources. The Republic can never hope to defeat a mighty empire such as France, but we can force the enemy to invest so much in time and resources that in the end it is not worth it. In this case not winning equals defeat, which brings us back to the petulant child. I have refused King Louis what he wants for five years and he is not amused. I am of course pleased by this - how could I not be. We have fought the might of the Freech army for so loong on our own and now we are, if not winning, at least doing quite well for a petulant, spoilt child."

"Finally, I have to say a few words about the patriots that have taken it upon themselves to remove the yoke of French occupation at Yorktown and Mount Pleasant. That is the men and the spirit America needs, taking on the might of France to liberate themselves, friend and Family. True heroes of the Americas Republic. I am proud to the First Consul in a nation that foster such men."

As he ended his speech the chamber erupted in applause!

France`s Escadre dÀmerique has arrived off Boston.

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