Cavalry After Action Report
That afternoon Capt. Huck led us to one of the main residences where a saucy Irish wench impudently refused to give the good Capt. any useful information regarding a rebel force known to be operating in the area. We retired back toward the Gin house and picketed our horses in the welcoming shade of a stand of trees beside a narrow lane. This quiet respite was soon shattered by the sharp crack of musketry and in no time we bounded on to our gallant steeds only to find ourselves surrounded by rebels on all sides. The Capt. took us out into the field that we might better maneuver. We charged a large force of rebels deployed along a stout rail fence. A hail of rifle fire met our charge and we had no choice but to fall back. The Capt. waved us forward again and we manfully redoubled our efforts but the stout pine rails were well set and could not be cut through with even the greatest exertion. Here we received an exceedingly hot fire and the gallant Capt Huck was fatally wounded. I then ordered the men to withdraw and we managed a daring escape just seconds before our position was entirely overrun. We drowned out sorrows heavily that night and gave the good Capt. a heartfelt wake with copiously strong fortification at Fort Rumanade. We later encountered a drunken Irishmen who is purported to have singlehandedly defeated a possessed chigger woman from a distant plantation.
The following afternoon we found ourselves back in the field despite the loss of our Capt. and one of our Williamsburg dragoons. We were soon tasked with escorting a foraging expedition but the wagon broke down and Col. Carter left a company of light infantry with the wagon while we continued on to Fort Watson. We'd no sooner arrived at the Fort when word arrived that the Light infantry was under severe attack by the rebels. We charged straight away and drove off a party of rebels, cutting down a great many and pinning the remainder against one of the many fences crisscrossing the nearby fields. We reformed and took a second party of rebels in their flank, driving them from the field and into a nearby wood. We then retired back to Fort Watson where to our surprise the rebels made a surprisingly bold assault on our position. Our infantry poured volley after volley onto the rebel ranks, shattering their attack and leaving their bodies strewn across the field like cordwood. With their attack now all but spent we charged the rebels and drove them off in a rout.
While this in no way
makes up for the loss of Capt. Huck I can assure your lordship that any
surviving rebels in this part of the King's country will soon be coming
into sign loyalty oaths. If I may be so bold I would like to direct your
Lordship's attention to the men of my command. At all times they were
unceasingly brave, never failing in their duty and our scouting corps
His Majesty's Provincial Bunny Brigade (P.B.B.) Yours,
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