Copyright © 2017, Paul Scrivens-Smith

Copyright © 2017, Paul Scrivens-Smith

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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Second Battle of McColls Farm

Lee and I played another game of Black Powder American Civil War at Maelstrom Games last week. I uploaded the photos straight after the game, but left the post in edit mode, so sorry for the delay.

Following on from our earlier engagement, we fought the Second Battle off McColls farm. I took the Union troops and Lee took the Confederates.


Overview

Lee McColl and myself had another game of Black Powder ACW yesterday evening at Maelstrom Games. Being rather lazy I reused the orders of battle from the last game I played. This would be an encounter game of roughly even sides, the Confederates would start on the table and try to exit units off the table edge, the Union player would start off table apart from their Cavalry and Sharp Shooter pickets and would try to prevent the Confederates from exiting.
As we were playing in 6mm we would use half distances.
In a departure from the normal rules, a brigade would not be considered broken until over half of its units were destroyed or shaken.


Union Order of Battle

Major-General Theodore P. Armitage – Staff Value 8
First Brigade - Brigadier General Thaddeus L. Bragg – Staff Value 7
Unit
Type
Armament
HtH
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
38rd New York
Large Infantry
Rifled Muskets
8
4
4+
4
Reliable
14th New Jersey
Large Infantry
Rifled Muskets
8
4
4+
4
Reliable
15th New  York

Large Infantry
Rifled Muskets
8
4
4+
4
Reliable
Detachment 1st US Sharpshooters
Small Infantry
Breech Loading Rifles
4
2
4+
4
Marauders, Skirmish,
Reliable, Sharpshooters
4th United States, Battery K

Artillery
Rifled Artillery
2
3-2-2
4+
3


Second Brigade - Brigadier General Stephen L. Carr – Staff Value 7
Unit
Type
Armament
HtH
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
8th  New York
Large Infantry
Rifled Muskets
8
4
4+
4

27th Pennsylvania
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3

16th Massachusetts
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3

26th Pennsylvania
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3

Detachment 1st US Sharpshooters
Small Infantry
Breech Loading Rifles
4
2
4+
4
Marauders, Skirmish,
Reliable, Sharpshooters

Third Brigade- Brigadier General Gordon G. Kempt – Staff Value 7
Unit
Type
Armament
HtH
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
12th Pennsylvania
Large Infantry
Rifled Muskets
8
4
4+
4
Reliable
8th New York
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Reliable
14th Maine
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Reliable
46th New Jersey
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Reliable
New York Light, 3rd Battery
Artillery
Smoothbore Artillery
2
4-2-1
4+
3


Cavalry Brigade- Colonel Andrew P. Phillips – Staff Value 7
Unit
Type
Armament
HtH
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
Det. 1st US Cavalry
Small Cavalry
Rifled Carbines
4
2
4+
2
Reliable
Det. 1st US Cavalry
Small Cavalry
Rifled Carbines
4
2
4+
2
Reliable

Infantry may form in either:
·          Supported line – two bases deep counting as line
·          Mixed order Supported line – two bases deep counting as mixed order line
·          Extended line – one base deep counting as skirmishers
·          March column


Confederate Order of Battle

Major-General Aaron P. Thompson – Staff Value 8
First Brigade - Brigadier General Henry E. Nicholls – Staff Value 7
Unit
Type
Armament
HtH
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
8th Virginia
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Tough Fighters
18th Virginia
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Tough Fighters
19th Virginia
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Tough Fighters
28th Virginia
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Tough Fighters
1st North Carolina Artillery
Artillery
Rifled Artillery
1
2-2-2
4+
2


Second Brigade - Brigadier General Thaddeus R. Peterson – Staff Value 7
Unit
Type
Armament
HtH
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
8th Georgia
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Reliable
Tough Fighters
9th Georgia
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Reliable
Tough Fighters
11th Georgia
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Reliable
Tough Fighters
59th Georgia
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Reliable
Tough Fighters
Palmetto Light Artillery
Artillery
Smoothbore Artillery
1
3-2-1
4+
2


Third Brigade - Brigadier General Julian K. Watson – Staff Value 8
Unit
Type
Armament
HtH
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
3rd South Carolina
Large Infantry
Rifled Muskets
8
4
4+
4
Tough Fighters
7th South Carolina
Large Infantry
Rifled Muskets
8
4
4+
4
Tough Fighters
8th South Carolina
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Tough Fighters
15th South Carolina
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Tough Fighters

Cavalry Brigade – Major Joseph P. Andrews – Staff Value 9
Unit
Type
Armament
HtH
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
Det 8th South Carolina
Small Cavalry
Rifled Carbines
5
2
4+
2
Reliable



Infantry may form in either:
·          Supported line – two bases deep counting as line
·          Mixed order Supported line – two bases deep counting as mixed order
·          Extended line – one base deep counting as skirmishers
·          March column


Well, how did it play out. Despite several turns of poor orders from the Confederates they absolutely smashed through the Union forces. The Union center was swept away and the Union left was soon following. Only the Union troops in McColls farm on the right flank held out, but all to nought.

Here are some snaps from the game.

The confederates deploy on the field of battle

General Greg gives some tactical advice to General Lee

Confederate Right flank

Confederate center

Union troops advance onto the field


Sweeping view of the Confederate army

Union left flank

Union troops hold the church yard against the Confederate onslaught

Confederates burst through the Union center

Union troops in McColls farm hold off the Confederate left flank