Roll up McPherson’s Ridge, I have taken the scenario map directly from the magazine rather than seek permission I simply recommend the magazine to you 🙂
The scenario map which is pretty clear, the objective for the Rebels is to push the Union Forces off the high ground, to do this they need to dislodge the Iron Brigade from Herbst Woods before Col Chapman Biddle can bring his New York and Pennsylvania troops into play. As per the scenario the troops vary in quality from the veterans of the Iron Brigade and Pettigrew’s North Carolina
Troops through to the poor Virginians under Brockenbridge.
With some fiddling about I was able to create a half decent representation of the Battlefield, it doesn’t show so much in this shot but there is a reasonable gradient up onto McPherson Ridge
The Iron Brigade have already fought I think during the day but have fallen back to this defensive position in the woods, they are slightly isolated
The Virginian troops advance towards Willoughby Run
The Veteran North Carolina Troops are already deployed in line as they reach the stream
Time is limited so the Rebels push ahead hard and they have the opportunity to outflank the woods at the McPherson Farm if they move quickly.
Close quarter firing in the centre of the line as the 26th NC cross the stream and open up on the 2nd WI
To the right of the rebel line the 47 NC are also trying to outflank the Iron Brigade but in the distance Union reserves are being pushed forward
The initial surge appears to be going well
.....but you can see both the 26NC and the 40 VA have been pushed back hopefully they will rally ?
Having come under heavy fire from Reynolds Artillery on the ridge the 47th NC veterans are also forced back (this was particularly unlucky in my view as I rolled a disastrous double 6! Causing them to flee and they didn’t rally for some time)
Suddenly the ridge is looking very strong indeed with Biddle’s Brigade now fully deployed
Things are slightly better around the farm where rebels are pouring fire in on the flank of the 7th WI who must be close to breaking
At this stage it is not going well for the confederates but all is not lost......
Rebels including the much reduced 26 NC are reforming for a second attack
Just what we needed a glimmer of hope the 24th MI wobble and are forced back
On the right the 52nd NC have made it all the way to the fence line forcing the 121nd PA back, possibly a decisive break through on the ridge, only for the 19th IN and 80th NY to turn their flank sending them back down the hill
Not giving up quite yet the rebels at the farm are still trying to muscle their way into the woods
Reynold’s Battery which has been firing down the ridge throughout the battle
Things really are starting to look bad and whilst some of the Rebels are reforming others are being forced back across the stream
There are now really only two Rebel Regiments still in the battle
....the North Carolina Troops are spent
And from their high point the 52nd NC are falling back past an angry General Pettigrew
Ultimately the task was too much and despite taking a hammering the Iron Brigade are able to hold onto the woods
Hooorah Boys !
So another very enjoyable evening gaming, the scenario played well although it was always going to be tough for the Rebels who needed some luck early on, they didn’t get it with a couple of very poor morale rolls which collapsed the centre of their line. There are some more scenarios so I am sure we we back on day one some time soonish..😀