Bland’s Company of the Virginia Regiment

PROVIDENTIAE MEMOR

The Virginia Regiment was one of several British regiments raised in the colonies.

This company is led, in the absence of the sadly anaemic Captain Bland, by Lieutenant Launderville, rumoured to be the bastard offspring of the late Justice of Westmorland County Court. Like his better-known, higher ranking and legitimate half-brother, he has a scarcely justifiable reputation for integrity and has invested heavily in the Ohio Company.

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Lieutenant Launderville

Launderville has two officers beneath him, the rather intemperate Lieutenant Nutter and, at the very bottom of regimental seniority, young Ensign Bumgardner. Nutter and Bumgardner are from the lower reaches of polite Virginian society, but are gentlemen nonetheless.

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Lieut. Nutter and Ensign Bumgardner

The company has four sergeants. Fear is well known to all the soldiers in the regiment and his old red coat proves his long service in the ranks. Forcam is foul-mouthed but much liked. The Irishman, O’Rear delights in proclaiming he is the man who put the gin in Virginia. Sergeant Toombs is a grave fellow.

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The Sergeants Four

Drummer Akin can beat the Retreat as well as any man in the army, as Colonel Washington delights in recounting.

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Akin, Drumm.

While about half the men have smart new blue jackets and white-laced hats, some of the rest are still clad in their worn out old red coats and a substantial number have scarcely an item of military dress to mark them out as soldiers. While things are not quite as bad as in 1754, when Washington wrote ‘they are now Naked, and cannot get credit even for Hatts’, overall they have an unprepossessing appearance. Desertions and sickness have reduced the ranks well below their theoretical number.

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Skirmishers Out
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Virginian Line
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More Viriginian Line
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Yet More Virginian Line

In Sharp Practice terms the force comprises 73 points:

  • Leader Status II (Lieutenant Launderville)
  • Leader Status II (Lieutenant Nutter)
  • Leader Status II (Ensign Bumgardner)
  • Leader Status I (Sergeant Fear)
  • Leader Status I (Sergeant Forcam)
  • Leader Status I (Sergeant O’Rear)
  • Leader Status I (Sergeant Toombs)
  • A Musician (Drummer Akin)
  • Six Groups of 8 Provincial Regiment of Foot Line
  • Three Groups of 6 Provincial Regiment of Foot Skirmishers

The figures are from the excellent Galloping Major, bar three which are from Redoubt Enterprises and three from Perry Miniatures.