American War of Independence

This page provides a number of American War of Independence scenarios for use with Volley and Bayonet. The scenarios here, unless noted otherwise, use the Volley & Bayonet Wing Scale.

Players intending to use these scenarios are encouraged to download the supporting “At War in the Americas” special rules to model the conflict. These rules can be found in the Rule Variants Section of this site.

Savannah, September 1779

Following the failures of military campaigns in the north earlier in the American Revolutionary War, British military planners decided to embark on a southern strategy to conquer the rebellious colonies, with the support of loyalists in the South. In 1779 the Americans and French would attempt to recapture Savannah. This scenario, by Greg Novak, is based on the Franco-American assault on the city of Savannah in the fall of 1779. It is set up as a three sided game involving the British garrison holding Savannah itself under the command of Prevost, the French troops pressing on the city from the Atlantic side under the command of Count d’Estaing, and the American forces advancing on the city from the direction of Augusta under the command of Lincoln. This scenario is currently offline while it is being updated.

Camden, 16th August 1780

The Battle of Camden was not what either commander had intended. The American General Gates had planned to catch the mainly provincial and militia forces garrisoning the British outpost of Camden unprepared. Earl Cornwallis had reinforced the outpost with regular British troops and planned to attack the American army’s camp at daybreak. General Gates, perhaps mislead by his victory at Saratoga and not fully aware of the strength of the reinforcements that Cornwallis had launched an all-out attack. This was meet by a steady advance from the British. The resulting battle was the most complete American defeat of the War of Independence. The scenario can be found here.

Cowpens, 17th January 1781

Cornwallis ordered Lt Colonel Tarleton to pursue Morgan’s force and destroy it before it could achieve any mischief. On 16th January Tarleton crossed the Pacolet River forcing Morgan to break camp and head for Cowpens and the Island Ford across the Broad River six miles further on. On the morning of 17th January Tarleton’s force set off to catch and destroy Morgan as he tried to cross the Broad River and before he could be reinforced. The scenario can be found here.

Guildford Courthouse, 15th March 1781

The British defeat at the battle of Cowpens did not deter Lord Cornwallis from pushing deep into North Carolina and on to Virginia to isolate the southern states from their main sources of military supplies. On 14 March Cornwallis received news that Greene’s army had returned and was encamped at Guilford Courthouse. Before breakfast the next day Cornwallis set his army in motion and after a brief skirmish at the New Garden Meeting House arrived at Hoskins Farm near Guilford Courthouse about noon. The scenario can be found here.