The encounter game starts with both sides commanding four brigades per side.
We both had reserves of a brigade per flank which we threw average dice to determine the move they arrived from the road.
|Board view from Union left flank|
|Both armies were marching columns towards the large hill on the other flank.|
On the other flank the Union troops occupied the enclosures next to the road while advancing a brigade over the stream (half movement to cross) towards the open flank. My second (Texas) brigade came off the road to confront them!
The center of the battlefield had both commanders satisfied to remain uncommitted until a clearer position of the enemies intent emerged.
This was the signal for my leading brigade (Virginians) on the hill to attack the 1st Iron Brigade in the enclosure across the stream.
|The Union advance across the stream and battery position in support. |
These guns eventually caused massive casualties during my assaults.
|The assault on the enclosure is on ...|
|Meanwhile the struggle for the flank is evenly poised... Pennsylvania vs Texas|
will my early arriving reserves be able to turn the tide on this flank?
However, canny Dave had positioned his artillery to support this assault and they eventually weakened a regiment prior to the musket exchanges.
|Both deploying into line.|
|Blaze away! Who can pound hardest? (Oops wrong period!)|
|I think he's intend on gaining the hill! Two brigades and both flank batteries in support.|
With both flanks "busy" it was time to launch an all out attack upon Dave's central right position. Marching up the road and into the enclosure my two brigades attacked in depth hoping to break the line.
|Hold on! Furious defense of the fenceline|
Of course it has been alluded that I occasionally manage a lucky throw ... and so it was the case .. "can't hit an elephant from that....." ha ha down he went!
Brigade morale left a single regiment holding the picket fence. Dave was having to redeploy his reserve from the left flank to cover the hole.
So we left the game in the following position as someone actually has a job! No not me...
• A weakened Union left held together by that damned battery with my Rebs bloody but re-organising for a final push
|Morale markers show the severity of the fight|
Brilliant scenario and a great game, phew. Thanks Dave !