Instead of me writing reams more I shall instead show the battle in map form at various stages of the game because as they say “a picture paints a thousand words”. As you look at the maps it may appear that the Crown had the better of it but after looking at the casualty returns Lakes wing was on the verge of collapse. The game lasted 32 moves with each move representing 15 minutes of real time.
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Overview of the battlefield.
3am to 4am The UI come off of the hill to engage Lake realising to late that Duff and Loftus are approaching from the North. Johnson and Moore attack Enniscorthy where murderous street fighting ensues.
4am to 5am After severe hand to hand fighting Lakes left flank collapses with his centre and right coming under intense pressure from Byrnes and Murphy with reoccurring melees all along the line. He loses two pieces of artillery from accurate and sustained fire from UI Guns men. Duff and Loftus keep Perry at bay by deploying their cavalry to threaten his rear allowing their Artillery and muskets to tear into his stolid ranks. Sustaining heavy casualties Johnston and Moore slowly push Kearns out of Enniscorthy.
6am to 7am Infuriated by the loss of his Brandy Cabinet Lake brings up his other two pieces of Artillery. Along with the remaining troops on his right flank he begins to tear holes in Byrnes command. What’s left of his centre continues to hold Murphy off with sustained volley fire. Having expended nearly their entire stock of canister, but much to the relief of Loftus and Duff, Perry’s command eventually collapses. Cacking their pants the UI artillery realise that Needham’s cavalry has turned up in their rear. However, to thwart Needhams plans Roche also makes an appearance.
9am to 10am It’s all over for the UI who head back to Wexford to plan the next phase of their campaign against the Crown whilst Lake licks his wounds and drowns his sorrows in what’s left of his Brandy.