The enemy … still did us much injury from behind the trees in the thick wood, took advantage of the above, and surrounding our left flank, came on our rear.—MAJ. JOHANN DU BUY, Von Bose Regiment, 20 April 1781
WITHIN A BATTLE
Once the British forces moved beyond the first line, the fighting on the southeastern flank developed separately from the main engagement. Nearly a quarter mile south of the main line, the Von Bose and 1st Guards Battalion became embroiled in an extremely bloody, confused fight with elements of Maj. Alexander Stuart's Virginia militia, Col. William Campbell's riflemen, Lt. Col. Henry Lee's Legion infantry, and Capt. Andrew Wallace's Continentals. The divergence from the main fighting occurred as Henry Lee's flank detachments withdrew from the first line and moved along the road running southeast because it allowed his cavalry to maneuver as a solid unit. Te British extreme right flank under Maj. Gen. Alexander Leslie followed them. Tarleton stated that “the right wing, from the thickness of the woods and a jealousy for its right flank, had imperceptibly inclined to the right, by which movement it had a kind of separate action after the front line of the Americans gave way.”1
The British, Tarleton explained, became “engaged with several bodies of militia and riflemen above a mile distant from the center of the British army. The 1st Battalion of Guards commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Norton, and
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Publication information: Book title: Long, Obstinate, and Bloody: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse. Contributors: Lawrence E. Babits - Author, Joshua B. Howard - Author. Publisher: University of North Carolina Press. Place of publication: Chapel Hill, NC. Publication year: 2009. Page number: 129.
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