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Title
The Last Highland Charge
Description
Through the winter Cumberland massed an army at Aberdeen, and then marched on Inverness. Charlie chose to meet them head on. After Murray failed to carry out a night attack the British marched on the Jacobite encampment at Culloden Moor. …
Subject
Publisher
Date
1746-04-16
Scenario#
HC06
Scenario Description
Through the winter Cumberland massed an army at Aberdeen, and then marched on Inverness. Charlie chose to meet them head on. After Murray failed to carry out a night attack the British marched on the Jacobite encampment at Culloden Moor. The battle opened with an effective artillery barrage into the Jacobite army. The highlanders charged, and although initially successful in breaking Cumberland’s left, they were driven back at heavy cost. Hawley and his dragoons then struck the rear, and the army broke. Only the disciplined stand of the Royal Écossois prevented the capture of Charlie and even more of the army. Charlie fled to France, becoming an alcoholic who brooded upon his loss until his dying day. Some of the Highlanders fought on, prompting the British, already executing many rebels, to respond with more brutality. Over the next 100 years the British government supported repressive measures that culminated in the Highland clearances. The clans were broken, and as in Ireland, the desperately poor immigrated, joined the British army, or tried to survive on the edge of starvation. No British unit would claim honors for Culloden.
Location
Culloden, Scotland
Battle Name
Battle Narrative
The Battle of Culloden was the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of 1745. On 16 April 1746, the Jacobite army of Charles Edward Stuart was decisively defeated by a British government force under William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, on Drummossie Moor near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. It was the last pitched battle fought on British soil.
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Combatants
Jacobite
British

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