Following the Battle of Boone in August, the Brigade returned to its main base of operations in Northern Virginia in an attempt to cut off a major Continental offensive for the Autumn campaign season.

On the evening of the third of September, Crown Forces entered the estate of General Washington with the objective of obtaining provisions. The estate offered a fine area for bivouacking, and provided access to the nearby Potomac River.

Washington's mansion as approached from the northwest.

Washington's mansion as approached from the northwest.

Serjeant Theis and Corporal Galus exchange a ribald jest while guarding a small group of prisoners captured earlier in the evening. The captives would later yield valuable intelligence once subjected to the enhanced interrogations of Guardsman Sahlin….

Serjeant Theis and Corporal Galus exchange a ribald jest while guarding a small group of prisoners captured earlier in the evening. The captives would later yield valuable intelligence once subjected to the enhanced interrogations of Guardsman Sahlin….

Our small detachment of Guards was brigaded with His Majesty's Marines and positioned on the Bowling Green directly northwest of the Mansion.  Shortly after seven o'clock in the evening, we encountered a mixture of Rebel forces consisting of two companies of line and two artillery pieces. Royal Artillery was immediately brought up and an artillery duel ensued for nearly ten minutes.  Serjeant Theis then deployed a skirmish line to engage the Colonial Riflemen forward of the enemy's left flank.

Crown Forces at rest while guarding Washington's greenhouse.

Crown Forces at rest while guarding Washington's greenhouse.

After the skirmishers encountered significant opposition and came under artillery fire, 4th Company regrouped for a furious volley up the Continental center. Continued casualties forced several regroupings and re-engagements, until ammunition began to run low. The call was given to charge bayonets, and the Crown Forces silently and heroically forced their way up to the Rebel lines, only to be cut down by a thunderous volley from the enemy. We were forced to give up the field, but were not pursued as the daylight had by then vanished.

All told, the unit suffered significant casualties - although none were fatal. Corporal Galus (First Guards) was knocked down several times, but continued to fire volley after volley into the enemy.  Guardsman Patchak (First Guards) and Serjeant Theis (Coldstream Guards) both fell during the final bayonet charge, but managed to escape the field with minor flesh wounds. Recruit Ingram (First Guards) and Guardsman Sahlin (Third Guards) acquitted themselves well and live to fight another day.

Brigade surgeons do not anticipate that any amputations will be required.

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