Les Mills organised this one down at Essex Warriors today. And popular it was with 10 members trying to take part !
The scenery belongs to Les and most of the figures used, mine (Perry 28mm plastics in the main)
A force of Confederates are trying to stem a Union advance and have taken up defensive positions by a farm with advanced pickets by the church and woods to provide a warning
Here's two of the advance skirmishers by the church
This one is at the junction in front of the farmstead
Steve Clarke, Allan & Ian organise the Union attack (they would be joined later by some who couldn't get out of bed early enough on a Sunday !) Or a major hangover in the case of Steve Nutt !
View from the Union end
The rebels snug in their farmstead
Did you hear anything ?
Oh! Oh! Blue bellies on the church road !
Shots are fired to warn the farm garrison as the first of the Union infantry appear through the early morning haze
and cavalry too
In no time they are forming up across the rebel front
Alerted, the first Rebel troops emerge from the farm buildings
and the gunners from the barn to limber up
Ian is seen moving his troops up by the woods
The Rebel skirmishers delay their advance as best they can
Complicated formation this, Ian !
The Rebs get organised along the fence line
as more infantry are roused from their slumbers
Union infantry and cavalry are sent towards rocky ground on their right
Union officers try and organise their troops into easier controlled formations
The Union cavalry get a spurt on past the rocky ground
The Rebel skirmishers find their mark and cause problems for the foremost Union infantry unit
Here's the Union commander assessing his options
Ian's men enter the woods to try and outflank the enemy skirmishers
All the farm garrison can do is await developments
The skirmishers play cat and mouse with the enemy
but weight of numbers will tell soon
Here we see the Union troops have consolidated a line level with the church and supports coming up
The rebel gun is wheeled into position in front of the farm house
These Union troops are just out of sight behind the slope so the gun can't get them yet
Are these Rob's glasses getting in the way of the cavalry fight which has erupted over on the Rebel left - yes Reb cavalry dashed on to prevent Union cavalry enveloping the Confederate flank
The cavalry "bounce" off each other and gather their breath for another go
which comes all too soon
The first Union brigade advance over the crest facing the farm
The Rebs are ready for this but are outgunned in the first fusillade
This Reb cavalry commander seems a bit too far ahead of his men if you ask me !
Ian's men have seen off the Zoave skirmishers by this stage
The cavalry are at it again !
My problem is at this stage I have to leave as I have a flight to catch - so what happens next ?
I hope one of the players can tell me (and you) when I return as so far its all in the balance !
What a tease - bye, bye ...