The battle, Matt's trademark massive table. My 5 brigades, 4 inf and supporting artillery and a cavalry brigade) come on at random locations on the left and Matt's at 4 fixed locations. We used dice drawing as in Bolt Action and Brigade commanders then allocated orders to each unit using up more dice in the process. The problem was that we used fewer dice than units so we had to be smart what we moved.
My left and my largest brigade has popped up right in front of Matt's advancing troops
Next to them is an infantry brigade and in the centre my cavalry
The other end of the battlefield and Matt has 2 large brigades
Facing them I have 2 brigades on a hill and in a ploughed field
Matt's brigades move forward
In the centre is a single unit of pickets and my cavalry move to shift them
I move to the slopes of the hill so that my cannon can fire over into the advancing Union troops
At the other end I organise my troops to slow down the Union advance
Whilst Matt keeps on advancing
Back at the hill we clash in a melee and I more than hold my own
I'm completing my line on the left and it's going to be strong one
The melee on the right is still going on and pretty soon I see him off
Matt advances through a wheat field, there's always a wheat field and it's like a magnet. I have a unit facing him and he gets no further
My cavalry see to the skirmishers
Matt's zouaves get ready to charge, all the zouaves on the field are veterans and tough to kill
Matt continues to advance on the other side aided by his ability to kill most of my regimental colonels and blow up my cannon - I had lost 5 out of 7 by the end whilst he still has all of his
"There are more little brother"
His super tough zouaves hit and I kick their arse. This is the high watermark for him on this side. I'm too strong and although we trade blows neither of us can gain an advantage
I'm guarding the road with a single cannon, it fired 7 times and caused 1 casualty, 6 misses. Sums up my cannon
I'm thinning him down but new new units keep coming
But I've inflicted too many casualties on him and the attack stalls.
End of the day and it's a draw. Matt will probably will the right but he will be too weak to help out the other troops .
This is an awesome battle that too 8 hours to play. We will play again as we both love the period