Mark is a veteran gamer of probably close to 50 years with a very sizable miniature collection. He owns the largest gaming miniature collection I have seen in person and it is probably not an exaggeration to say it numbers 40,000 or more figures in various scales from ancients through WWII.
|Captured wagons being escorted|
The gaming table was 6x15' and had more 15mm ACW cavalry then I had seen in any event. We had play tested the scenario a couple times in the months prior to make sure it was somewhat balanced. The Confederates start on the North end of the table escorting a large wagon train with a goal to get them off the southern end of the table past Winchester, while preventing the union cavalry in pursuit from destroying the wagons and capturing buildings.
|Guarding the population center|
Once all the players arrived they were divided into teams. I did a quick explanation of the rules following the turn sequence and how to use the QRS. Mark did an overview of the scenario and issued OoB as well as orders to the commanders. The teams briefly divided to form their strategy and then the battle was on.
The OoB and orders were as follows:
Federal Order of Battle Low Casualties
7th Michigan Crack 10-7-4 Beach loading Carbine 400 8,7,6 Stands
6th Battery N.Y. Lt. Veteran 3 sections 6-3” Rodman Rifles
9th New York Veteran 10-7-4 Beach loading Carbine 400 8,7,6 Stands
17th Penn Veteran 10-7-4 Beach loading Carbine 400 8,7,6 Stands
2nd U.S. Battery B Veteran 3 sections 6-3” Rodman Rifles
Reserve Brigade Col. A. Gibbs Able 1,600 Troopers 6 Guns
1st U.S. Cavalry Veteran 10-7-4 Beach loading Carbine 400 8,7,6 Stands
2nd U.S. Cavalry Veteran 10-7-4 Beach loading Carbine 400 8,7,6 Stands
5th U.S. Cavalry Veteran 10-7-4 Beach loading Carbine 400 8,7,6 Stands
6th PennsylvaniaVeteran 10-7-4 Beach loading Carbine 400 8,7,6 Stands
2nd U.S. Battery D Veteran 3 sections 6-3” Rodman Rifles
1st Brigade Col. J.M. Schoonmaker Able 1,600 Troopers 6 Guns
14th Penn Veteran 10-7-4 Beach loading Carbine 400 8,7,6 Stands
22nd Penn Veteran 10-7-4 Beach loading Carbine 400 8,7,6 Stands
1st New York Veteran 10-7-4 Beach loading Carbine 400 8,7,6 Stands
5th U.S. Battery H Veteran 3 sections 6-3” Rodman Rifles
1st New Jersey Veteran 12-8-5 Rifled Musket 480 9,8,7 Stands
2nd New Jersey Veteran 12-8-5 Rifled Musket 480 9,8,7 Stands
3rdNew Jersey Veteran 12-8-5 Rifled Musket 480 9,8,7 Stands
4th New Jersey Veteran 12-8-5 Rifled Musket 480 9,8,7 Stands
5th U.S. Battery Veteran 3 sections 6-12pdr Napoleon’s
Assigned to you for this mission is your 1st Cavalry Division and 1st Brigade 2nd Division under BG Averell. 1st Brigade 2nd Division from VI Corps is also marching to assist you but we are not sure of when they may arrive.
We have managed to out flank and penetrate the Valley with 3 of your 4 Cavalry Brigades. The enemy has brought up an Infantry Brigade to form a rear guard protecting the convoy at Dalton. Another Infantry Brigade may have been spotted protecting the bridge over the Shenandoah River near Winchester. Local guides tell us there may be a ford over the Shenandoah, this could be helpful. We believe Winchester to being held by Confederate cavalry and possibly the HQ for Wade Hampton’s Cavalry Division.
We anticipate a tough fight, your forces are not strong enough to win this fight with frontal assaults only, stay mobile, maneuver where possible to gain an advantage. Remember your cavalry will have a hard time against his infantry. Destroy as much as you can and withdrawn your troop to our lines in Clarke County.
Confederate Order of Battle
Wickham’s Brigade BG W.C. Wickham, Able 1,280 Troopers, 4 Guns
Chambliss’ Brigade BG J.R. Chambliss, Gallant 1,200 Troopers, 4 Guns
Gordon’s Brigade BG J.B. Gordon Able 1,200 Troopers, 4 Guns
Contested Artillery Fire 1-5 Hits enemy, 6-10 Hits friendly
|On the move|
|Deploy to meet the invaders|
|Long lines of cavalry|
|Here come the Blue Bellies|
|Go Around if you cannot go through|
|Formed for the charge|
|Wagons hotly contested|
|Rear guard action|
It resulted in a great day of gaming in which both sides seemed to enjoy themselves in what proved to be a nail biter right to the end.
As always Mark pulled off another epic event and exposed several new players to wonders of American Civil War gaming using Regimental Fire and Fury.
Not wanting to rest on their laurels the group has already been working for several months to prepare for a refight of Austerlitz later this year in 15mm. In fact, much of the terrain bards used in this battle were newly constructed for the upcoming campaign and repurposed to represent the Shenandoah.