I had a full table of six players. On the Union side were Jordan Newport (Yankee commander) and Rick Stockton and John Mumby. On the Confederate side were Dave Minor (Rebel commander) and Matt Vigil and Jeff Caruso.
I deployed the two sides during set up to save time and then gave the two commanders various options they could use to change their deployments. The Rebs redeployed one brigade and the Yanks advanced one brigade forward. After these changes, it looked to me like the Rebs were gonna strike up the middle of the field while the Yanks do a right hook. And that is sorta what happened...sorta. No plan survives contact with the enemy!
Indeed, the Rebs made some headway up the middle, but the expense of advancing into the teeth of the Union army was large. The Union right hook never really got completely off the ground. One of the two brigades was detoured to help deal with the Rebs in the middle and the other - without the strength to overwhelm the Rebel left flank - settled into an artillery duel.
The battle ended when both armies had severely damaged their enemies - it was like watching a brutal boxing match! Really, there seemed to be a real intensity in the middle of the field! With neither side possessing any Morale Points - it came down to who would draw the Army Morale Card first. Well, it wasn't until the third Army Morale Card was drawn that the fight was decided. The Rebs won by a nose.
The historical record will show that the South held the field but with so bloody a day did not possess the strength to pursue. Both armies would need some time to succor their losses!
Here are some pics. If you played in my game, thank you! If you didn't, well, then, you missed a good time! I also have a couple of other pics from the weekend tossed in...
|The Field of Battle|
|Mumby vs. Vigil - North vs. South|
|Dan's LBSDS Game|
|Dave's Rorke's Drift Game|
|General Brown's DBA Campaign|
|John's Knight's Cross Game|
|Large Battle Song of Drums and Shakos|