The Union commanded by Justin and dad and later joined by Austyn fought to stave off the Confederate juggernaut commanded by Jared and I. We used the 2nd edition Brigade Fire and Fury rules along with the scenario from the book.
|Army of the Potomac|
|Army of Northern Virginia|
|Archer's Brigade on the move|
|Iron Brigade in a precarious position after charging through Herbst woods|
|Union Artillery posted near the Lutheran Seminary|
|Fight for McPherson's Ridge|
|Cutler's Brigade stands fast|
|Gamble's cavalry Brigade defending the flank|
|Iron Brigade moves to support Cutler after sweeping the woods|
|Charge the cavalry|
|Union reinforcements rush to the sound of the guns|
|Cavalry check a charge a temporarily hold|
|Support comes up and Pender drives off Bufford|
|Doubleday in retreat hotly pursued by fresh Rebels|
|Iron Brigade caught in the open|
|Meredith skillfully maneuvers his brigade to form a line|
|Union 1st Corps hotly engaged by two divisions|
|Union attempts to hold the valley|
|Confederates quickly swarm in to attack|
|Battered survivors of Wadsworth's division hold on|
|Howard's XI Corps clings to the stone wall|
|Rhodes is now on the field pushing the XI Corps|
|Confederates quickly move past the Union defenders on the left|
|AP Hill presses on toward the objective Seminary ridge|
|Howard hold tough stalling Ewells' advance|
|Hill will not be stopped despite heavy losses the Rebels drive on|
|All but one Union Battery is silenced and the Confederates push forward|
|Last of the 1st Corps survivors take up position|
|Howard's Artillery pours it on to hold of Rhodes|
|XI Corps finally starts to fall back|
|Union 1st Corps and Cavalry is wrecked and XI Corps casualties are mounting|
|Hill's command just hit heavy casualties Ewell is still in good shape|
Overall the scenario played out fairly historically with a few tactical differences. The Union generals knew up front the were outnumbered and needed to fight a strategic withdraw.
Best laid plans rarely survive first contact though. In the heat of the moment they could not resist the temptation to go on the offensive early which resulted in leaving three Union brigades exposed as the bulk of Pender's division arrived on the field looking for a fight.
All in all a great day of gaming and excellent way to remember the sacrifices made by both blue and gray 155 years ago that set the stage for the culmination of the battle of Gettysburg July 2nd and 3rd 1863.
Always look forward to getting this scenario on the table again.
Hope you enjoyed