The map. A Confederate Brigade have tried to evict a Union Brigade from Pritchard's Hill and have failed. They have retreated behind the stonewall and sent for reinforcements. The Union, sensing an opportunity have also sent for reinforcements. The objective for the Confederates is Pritchards hill, for the union the church and bridge on the extreme left. Ian and John were the confederates and James and Dave the Union
The table, 17ft by 6ft
Kernstown and the Church
Pritchard's Hill and the union
The stone wall and the confederates
Pritchard's Hill and the Union Camp
On comes the 2nd Brigade, onto the hill
2 small Confederate brigades come on the face them
Rebels on on but are still in column and will they have enough room to deploy
More Rebels, again in column. Like all rules column good for moving, really terrible for fighting
On come the Union in good order, brigade in line in the front and brigade in column behind. There is weight behind this advance, and I don't just mean the generals
The rebels, well Ian - more of John later - advance but are still in column
The Union cavalry advance along the road and threaten to flank the rebels
Rebel cavalry comes on just in time but the volleys don't do enough damage
Union cavalry charge home against the rebel skirmish line and destroy it. Threatening the guns and Early himself
2nd Rebel cavalry regiment take them in the rear and rout the Union cavalry but it has messed up the rebel deployment
Which is bad as here comes the Union. There 3rd brigade has also arrive and is in and around the woods
John, remember him has decided to advance and take the Union in the flank. Some verve and vigour and the Union could be wrecked. Oh wait, it's John. if ever a general was born to defend a wall it was him.
Down the line, some rebels still in column
The brigade round the church is battered and running
They can try and repel the Union but out gunned and out manned
It's a thin grey line
Both small rebel brigades are in a mess
The Rebels have no right flank, and not much centre. The Union juggernaut moves on
The make the church
Their only hope now is John's intact large brigade smashing into the flank
And here he is retreating back over the wall.
Crushing victory for the Union, the rebels didn't get organised in time and ended up being outnumbers 3:1 on their right.
Really enjoyed the day, even if James did throw the box of Union artillery to the floor, jump up and down on them and grind them to dust. OK so he dropped them and reglued them back, so he is forgiven.
I've posted the rules on the blog, generally they work well and needed some tweaking