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Drew and I have embarked on a campaign using the rules from Longstreet. I'll play the Confederate Commander - Colonel Gerald P. Whippam while Drew will take on the role of Elias Rogers newly appointed Colonel of the Union Army.
We each picked one personality trait and were randomly assigned a second.
Confederate forcesGerald P. Whippam is a 29 year old Floridian and is already a Veteran of the Indian Wars and is accompanied by his personal Scout who's reliably provided the best ground to make a stand in earlier engagements.
|8th Georgia Volunteers||CAV||Eager||Recruits||8|
|4th South Carolina||INF||Eager||Recruits||10|
|Battery A 7th Texas Light Artillery||ART||-||-||3||Three 6lb smoothbores|
Union forcesElias Rogers is a graduate of West Point and had made a career as an Artillery Officer in the United States army. He is a Leading Abolitionist and is steadfast in the cause.
|26th New York||CAV||Eager||Recruits||8|
|Battery B 6th US Artillery||ART||-||-||3||Three 6lb smoothbores|
Both forces were assembled and marched to war, sure that all this bad business would be over by harvest time.
The initial engagement of the campaign took place at Haery Woods, Rolling up the scenario we would play the Meeting Engagement, the Confederate scout was not available (rolled a double 1!) so the Union troops elected to be the defender.
The ground was picked, the Union had elected to form a tight perimeter and would prepare themselves for the Confederate onslaught. Initial moves were spent jockeying for position, the Union formed a solid wall of troops anchored on their left by dense woodland and on their right by a cornfield with their artillery lining a solid stone fence. The 26th New York would be held in reserve.
The Confederates arrayed themselves against the Union, on their left the 4th SC supported by the 8th GA Volunteers poised to assault the 44th Maryland Zouaves in the cornfield, while the 19th TX and 2nd FL moved against the woods on the right.
Colonel Rogers personally directed the counter battery fire of the US artillery to great devastation among the Confederate gunners.
On the right the Texans and Floridians drove back the Ohio and Maine boys but the Maryland Zouaves held firm trading effective volleys with the South Carolina boys and repulsing their initial charges.
But, the Union were eventually doomed, with their left flank caved the Marylanders were exposed and the South Carolina boys and Georgia horsemen supported by remaining gunners doomed them and they were thrown back in great disorder. With heavy losses on both sides the Union withdraw Confederates held the field.
It was a fair Confederate victory, they lost 13 stands to the Unions 21. Having mounted a couple of good sized bayonet charges Whippam earned 8 Epic Points for the game while Rogers gained two.
Some more shots of the action.