General Wayne with 800 men was unknowingly facing the entire British Army of 5,000 men under General Cornwallis at Green Spring. Wayne tried to confuse the enemy by sending marksmen forward and by sending runners back five miles to the Continental Army to let them know what he was facing. The British commander, not fooled by Wayne's ruse, began to advance. Wayne recognizing that he would be overwhelmed before the American army could arrive, organized a bayonet charge. Wayne was repulsed & retreated after seeing the main British force where he was then outnumbered 3-1. The British did not pursue the retreating Americans and withdrew to Portsmouth, and then later to Yorktown where they then realized they had a missed an opportunity
In the battle, the British had about 70 rank and 5 officer casualties. The Americans had 28 killed, with a total of 140 killed, wounded and captured.
The fight before Yorktown: A re-enactment Saturday at the Williamsburg Winery raises money for preservation of a battlefield and is scheduled to continue today.
Jul 16, 2006; Byline: Bentley Boyd Jul. 16--JAMES CITY -- The American patriots used the cover of dusk to escape a big defeat at the Battle of...