The Rebel battery completed their engineering efforts and were emplaced in the battery on turn two. Two additional Rebel brigades deployed onto the table. The Rebels deployed one unit in open order to screen their advancing columns.
During the previous turn the Union Cavalry had changed formation into assault column and been able to move to shelter on the side of the Stone Building used by the Union as their headquarters. The unit launched a charge on the open order rebel regiment. Our hope was that this would slow down the Rebel assault which we could see developing along the orchard side of the table(our left flank). The rebel brigade of three regiments moving behind the unit in open order were unable to get around the attack. One unit penetrated the orchard to join the dismounted cavalry regiment. The open order unit was able to form hasty square in an attempt to repell the Union horse soldiers.
In this shot the Rebels have formed hasty square. Note the large brigade on the right advancing toward the battery.
The Zouave Brigade advances to the headquarters building and the second cavalry unit has followed the direction of their counterparts and formed up into assault column.
What works for one flank can work for the other. The second union cavalry unit charges, hitting an open order unit and following through into a second rebel infantry regiment.
Note the two units with red markers. The Louisiana Tiger Zouaves can only look on while their colleagues are smacked by the horse.
The rebels assault the New Hampshire Volunteers, unfortunately for them they attached their commander in chief, Kirby Smith, to this engagement. Another rebel unit charges the retreating union cavalry. My union brigade moves up in support.
The union zouaves move up and begin to exchange fire with the rebels on our right. The cavalry continues to attack sending yet another rebel command scurrying away.
Kirby Smith is killed and the rebel assault falters 50 paces from the New Hampshire Volunteers. The Rebs charge on the exhausted cavalry unit is more successful, sending them packing through the gap we created to assist them to our rear.
End of Game. My brigade has yet to fire a shot. The Union Commanders forces (the battery, two cavalry units and New Hampshire Volunteers) have shown off the enemy with our other two brigades barely firing a shot. In the playtest I played a confederate and it was a slug fest in the wooded area shown in the foreground and around the headquarters house. This game was totally different.
Rich Wallace deservedly won the best game of the morning. Congrats Rich! Another awesome teddy bear fur game terrain that was a great piece of eye candy. A fun time was had by all!