As promised, I updated my "Unit Battle Honors" page with a new citation issued to the Continental Artillery detachment that fought in support of Heard's Brigade at the Battle of Long Island, a virtual battle put on by Jon F this past Saturday.
For those that missed the posts, read here, here, or here first! Then read about the brave exploits of the "Honorable Train of Artillery" and the detachment that held up the British Army at Shoemaker's Farm below. Here is the entry. If you'd like to see some other impossible battlefield exploits, check out my Unit Battle Honors page! Also thanks again to Jonathan for providing the picture of the lads in action by their guns. This is the first time one of the units receiving a citation is not from my own collection!
The detachment's citation follows:
|Photo courtesy of Palouse Wargaming Journal|
Citation: Continental Artillery Detachment attached to Heard's Brigade during the Battle of Long Island is posthumously awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation for conspicuous gallantry for their heroic defense of the Continental hilltop position overlooking the bridge at Shoemaker's Farm in support of Heard's Brigade. The detachment, with its 6 lb guns, was sited along a high-speed avenue of approach towards the Continental position and defended the northeast portion of the hill from relentless British attacks by regular troops. Time and again, the detachment beat back or defeated multiple coordinated assaults against their position with shot, and continued their defiant stand even after their infantry supports were forced back. The detachment weathered more than 6 direct assaults by British infantry battalions against their position, and countless volleys by formed British regulars, but remained in position, determined to protect their guns. Their courageous stand held up the British advance and bought precious time for a secondary defensive line to be established south of the hill. Their actions reflect great credit upon Sullivan's Division, the Honorable Train of Artillery and the Continental Army.
Glad you liked the write up Jon!Delete
A most deserved recognition. :-)ReplyDelete
I think so, Norm! They really beat the odds by surviving so long and winning so many melees. A desperate defense to be sure!Delete
Thanks Steve! Check out some of the other impossible feats on the battle honors page!Delete
Heroics to match the exploits of the Tsar’s finest gunners. I trust His Majesty’s officers saluted their stalwart opponents, even though they are Rebels!ReplyDelete
Indeed, sir! I'm sure the detachment's surviving officers drank with the British officers that evening. The NCOs and men on the other hand probably not!Delete
By the way, I see you got a shout out north of the 49th Parallel regarding your Cold War Gone Hot posts.Delete
Cool I am going to check it out now!Delete
Excellent and thoroughly well deserved.ReplyDelete
...this turn we take the hill... #1
...this turn we take the hill... #2
...this turn we take the hill... #3
Thanks Darren! I have not seen a wargaming unit vex their opponents quite so stubbornly as these lads!Delete
Well deserved honours to a outstanding unit.ReplyDelete
Mark that's why I put entries here- to remember their valiant exploits!Delete