Wednesday evening saw Drew and I engaged in another American Civil war battle using Longstreet.
We both had identical forces of three units of 10 bases of Eager Conscript foot, one unit of 8 bases of Eager Conscript cavalry and one battery of 3 six pounders. We would use an 1863 deck for the game.
The Union forces won the scouting roll and would attack and also rolled much higher with their terrain roll, drew having eight pieces to my three.
Initial deployments are shown in the image below.
Both sides advanced towards the enemy with foot out in front and their horse in supporting positions. The First blood was claimed by the Union as their artillery pounded away at one of the Confederate regiments.
As the infantry closed a brisk firefight ensued with neither side gaining an advantage.
With a whoop the entire Confederate line of infantry crashed into their opposite numbers, who were driven off, but with little loss.
Another Confederate charge saw the Union centre broken and their gallant cavalry rushed to plug the gap, driving back the Confederate infantry, in what was quite a surprising result!
Having pushed the Zouaves back through the woodland on our left flank we kept up the pressure forcing them back again.
The Confederate cavalry were thrown into the line and attempted to charge the Union guns, but, some bad surveying saw them unable to complete the charge and stuck in the centre, after some desultory fire on them they charged again and all was done for the Union cause.
A rare victory for the Confederacy, and with a couple of games in hand we are going to kick off a campaign to be played over the coming months.