Copyright © 2017, Paul Scrivens-Smith

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Friday, 11 January 2013

The Battle of Harris Wood Turnpike

Yesterday evening myself, Ian, Pete and Steve had a great game of Black Powder ACW.


We were recently discussing about the problems of playing Black Powder in 28mm on the normal 6ft x 4ft tables available on our 'Wild Geese' club nights at Battlefront HQ. Even a small game of Black Powder in 28mm with respectable sized units (about 24 foot) takes up a huge amount of space, and as table space is quite limited at the club I suggested that Pete and Steve had a crack with the 6mm Black Powder ACW stuff that I have.

I put together four small divisions as follows:


Union Order of Battle - First Division
Major-General John A. McClernand– Staff Value 8
Unit
Type
Armament
HtH
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
Stewart's Company Illinois Cavalry
Small Cavalry
Rifled Carbines
4
2
4+
2
Reliable
14th Ohio Battery
Large Artillery
Rifled Artillery
2
3-2-2
4+
3


First Brigade - Colonel Abraham M. Hare – Staff Value 8
Unit
Type
Armament
HtH
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
8th Illinois
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3

13th Illinois
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3

11th Iowa

Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3

13th Iowa
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3


Second Brigade- Colonel C. Carroll Marsh – Staff Value 7
Unit
Type
Armament
HtH
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
11th Illinois
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3

20th Illinois
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3

48th Illinois
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3

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



Union Order of Battle - Second Division
Brigadier-General Stephen A. Hurlbut – Staff Value 9
Unit
Type
Armament
HtH
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
Detachment 5th Ohio Cavalry
Small Cavalry
Rifled Carbines
4
2
4+
2

Mann's battery, Missouri Light Artillery
Large Artillery
Smoothbore Artillery
2
4-2-1
4+
3


Second Brigade – Brigadier-General Jacob G. Lauman– Staff Value 8
Unit
Type
Armament
HtH
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
31st Indiana
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Sharpshooters
44th Indiana
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Sharpshooters
17th Kentucky
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Sharpshooters
25th Kentucky
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Sharpshooters

Fourth Brigade- Colonel Everett Peabody – Staff Value 8
Unit
Type
Armament
HtH
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
25th Missouri
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Sharpshooters
16th Wisconsin
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Sharpshooters
Detachment 1st US Sharpshooters
Small Infantry
Breech Loading Rifles
4
2
4+
4
Marauders, Skirmish,
Reliable, Sharpshooters



Confederate Order of Battle - First Division
Brigadier-General Benjamin F. Cheatham – Staff Value 8
Unit
Type
Armament
HtH
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
1st Mississippi Cavalry
Small Cavalry
Rifled Carbines
4
2
4+
2


First Brigade - Brigadier Bushrod R. Johnson – Staff Value 8
Unit
Type
Armament
HtH
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
Blythe's Mississippi
Infantry
Smoothbore Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Tough Fighters
2nd [Walker's] Tennessee
Infantry
Smoothbore Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Tough Fighters
15th Tennessee
Infantry
Smoothbore Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Tough Fighters
Tennessee battery
Artillery
Rifled Artillery
1
2-2-2
4+
2


Second Brigade - Colonel William H. Stephens – Staff Value 8
Unit
Type
Armament
HtH
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
7th Kentuck
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Tough Fighters
6th Tennessee
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Tough Fighters
9th Tennessee
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3
Tough Fighters

Confederate Order of Battle - Second Division
Brigadier-General Daniel Ruggles– Staff Value 8
Unit
Type
Armament
HtH
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
Alabama Cavalry
Small Cavalry
Rifled Carbines
4
2
4+
2


Third Brigade - Brigadier General Patton Anderson– Staff Value 8
Unit
Type
Armament
HtH
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
17th Louisiana
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3

20th Louisiana
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3

9th Texas
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3

Washington Louisiana Artillery
Artillery
Smoothbore Artillery
1
3-2-1
4+
2


Third Brigade - Colonel Preston Pond, Jr.– Staff Value 8
Unit
Type
Armament
HtH
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
16th Louisiana
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3

18th Louisiana
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3

Orleans Guard Battalion
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3

38th Tennessee
Infantry
Rifled Muskets
6
3
4+
3



My amendments for playing Black Powder ACW are:

Infantry may form in either:
  • Supported line – two bases deep counting as line
  • Mixed order Supported line – two bases deep with skirmishers deployed counting as mixed order line
  • Extended line – one base deep counting as skirmishers for shooting and movement (not for evasion)
  • March column
Additional Rules:
  • Units shot or in melee to the flank or rear suffer -1 to Moral Saves and -1 to Break Tests
  • Brigades are broken when more than half of all their units are lost
  • Cavalry are really dismounted infantry so may not charge enemy infantry from in the front
  • Smoothbore artillery is as per the rules, Rifled artillery gets 2 dice at each range bracket
  • Rifled Artillery has a range of 60"
When we play in 6mm all distances are halved.



We randomised sides, Pete and Steve would have the Union forces while myself and Ian had the Confederates.

Pete, Steve and Ian prepare for battle.
The battle opened slowly for the Confederates, our cavalry garrisoned one of the towns and one infantry brigade occupied some fields almost the entire remainder of our force failed to move for two turns. The Union start was much brighter, their left surged across the table and on their right, although the troops were sluggish, the cavalry managed to catch a limbered battery of Confederate artillery and drove them from the field.

Union horse garrison the town, while Confederates hold the cornfields.
Things continued worse for the Confederates, the Union troops always seemed to be first to the areas of dominating ground or fence lines so always held the advantage. Soon one of Ians brigades was broken. I was faring slightly better and eventually managed to drive first the Union Cavalry and then the Sharp-shooters from the village on my side, but by this time, the second of Ians brigades had been Broken and things were all but up for us rebels.

All in all it was a great game and we are going to give 6mm Black powder another go when next month we are going to have a go using the 6mm AWI stuff I have been painting of late.



Union troops hold the dominating ground


Brisk action around the cornfield, this is one of the better areas for the Confederates

As the Union troops hold the fence lines the Confederates have to form in extended line.

More strong Union positions

The Sharp-shooters are eventually driven off

The weight of Union numbers soon begins to tell.

Confederates retreat from the field