The Comte D’Hervilly doesn’t want to allow the Republican garrison of Le Croisac to be in a position to attack his rear, or be reinforced from across the bay to the North. The Royal Navy were also keen to capture the town as it would provide them with a more sheltered anchorage. First however, and before the town could be safely occupied, the coastal fort, a more substantial construction than that encountered at Pornichet guarding the approaches to the anchorage, and its garrison, would have to be captured. A brigade of English troops had been sent towards Le Croisac on Day 2 and, after spending the night in the village of Batz on the evening of Day 3 advanced on Le Croisac the following morning. The attack would be supported by sailors and marines from the fleet and a pair of gunboats. Weather permitting.
|Sketch of the fort at Le Croisac, drawn by a Royal Navy Lieutenant under the most hazardous circumstances.|
|Contemporary drawing of the fort. Artist unknown.|
The attacking forces were under the command of Major General Sir George Assheton, and was composed of the following:
19th Light Dragoons, 2 squadrons
1/4th, 2/4th*, 3/4th* and 1/5th Foot and 2/1st from Moore's brigade
Royal Artillery, 2 x 3pdr, 2 x 6pdr
* these battalions had been made up to strength (indeed the 3/4th had been raised from scratch) by a massive influx of volunteers from the Militia so are thought by the more experienced English commanders to be barely fit for active service. However, needs must.....and we shall see.
Offshore is a cutter and a gunboat of the Royal Navy to add some fire support and a small 'battalion' of seamen and marines that could be landed to add to the numbers of the attackers.
The composition of the Republican garrison is a bit of a mystery to the English but 'reliable' pro-Royalist sources suggest that the demi-brigade under Brigadier Adhemer Patacaisse that had been bloodied in the first battle outside Pornichet three days earlier, may well have withdrawn to Le Croisac after the battle as it was on its way there to take up normal garrison duties. A regiment of cavalry is also understood to be with them. The only artillery apart from any battalion pieces is in the form of half a dozen heavy fortress cannon crewed by men of the Coastal Artillery and sailors.
This is only a small battle so am playing it solo, which given that one side (the Republicans) is ensconced in a coastal fort and town shouldn't be too difficult.