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 LowCasualties
7th Michigan Crack10-7-4 Beach loading Carbine 400 8,7,6 Stands
6th Battery N.Y. Lt. Veteran 3 sections 6-3” RodmanRifles
9thNew York Veteran 10-7-4 Beachloading Carbine 400 8,7,6 Stands
17thPenn Veteran 10-7-4 Beach loading Carbine 400 8,7,6Stands
2ndU.S. Battery B Veteran 3sections 6-3” Rodman Rifles
Reserve Brigade Col.A. Gibbs Able 1,600 Troopers 6 Guns
1stU.S. Cavalry Veteran 10-7-4 Beachloading Carbine 400 8,7,6 Stands
2ndU.S. Cavalry Veteran 10-7-4 Beach loading Carbine 400 8,7,6 Stands
5thU.S. Cavalry Veteran 10-7-4 Beach loading Carbine 400 8,7,6Stands
6thPennsylvaniaVeteran 10-7-4 Beach loading Carbine 400 8,7,6Stands
2ndU.S. Battery D Veteran 3sections 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 8,7,6Stands
22nd Penn Veteran 10-7-4 Beach loading Carbine 400 8,7,6Stands
1st New York Veteran 10-7-4 Beach loading Carbine 400 8,7,6Stands
5th U.S. Battery H Veteran 3 sections 6-3” RodmanRifles
1stNew Jersey Veteran12-8-5 Rifled Musket 480 9,8,7 Stands
2ndNew Jersey Veteran 12-8-5Rifled Musket 480 9,8,7 Stands
3rdNewJersey Veteran 12-8-5 RifledMusket 480 9,8,7 Stands
4thNew Jersey Veteran 12-8-5Rifled Musket 480 9,8,7 Stands
5thU.S. Battery Veteran 3 sections 6-12pdr Napoleon’s
Assigned to you for this mission is your 1stCavalry Division and 1st Brigade 2nd Division under BGAverell. 1st Brigade 2nd Division from VI Corps is alsomarching to assist you but we are not sure of when they may arrive.
We have managed to out flank and penetrate the Valley with 3of your 4 Cavalry Brigades. The enemy has brought up an Infantry Brigade toform a rear guard protecting the convoy at Dalton. Another Infantry Brigade mayhave been spotted protecting the bridge over the Shenandoah River nearWinchester. Local guides tell us there may be a ford over the Shenandoah, thiscould be helpful. We believe Winchester to being held by Confederate cavalryand possibly the HQ for Wade Hampton’s Cavalry Division.
We anticipate a tough fight, your forces are not strongenough to win this fight with frontal assaults only, stay mobile, maneuverwhere possible to gain an advantage. Remember your cavalry will have a hardtime against his infantry. Destroy as much as you can and withdrawn your troopto our lines in Clarke County.
Confederate Order of Battle
Wickham’s Brigade BGW.C. Wickham, Able 1,280 Troopers, 4 Guns
Chambliss’ Brigade BGJ.R. Chambliss, Gallant 1,200Troopers, 4 Guns
Gordon’s Brigade BGJ.B. Gordon Able 1,200 Troopers, 4 Guns
Contested Artillery Fire 1-5Hits 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.