Thursday 29 September 2022
Thursday 22 September 2022
Feel like I have been painting lots of bits recently rather than any full units, that trend will change soon I suspect.
Saturday 17 September 2022
Another dollop of juicy ACW goodness as Stew would say. Not sure why we played two ACW in a row but I’m glad we did. Here we played a large Shiloh scenario from This Bloody Field again by Brad Butkovich. This is a fairly big scenario so we were playing on my larger outdoor gaming table which was stretched to 12x6 feet and combining mine and Martin’s ACW collections. Breaking with tradition we chose to test out Honours of War as a ruleset for ACW. More of that a bit later perhaps.
In terms of scenario the battle for the Peach Orchard took place around 10:30 on day one of Shiloh. General Albert Johnston had thought he had turned the Union line only to find that part of Sherman’s Division Colonel Stuart’s Brigade had been detached to the far left of the Union line. This left a significant gap in the Union line which the Confederates attempted to exploit. The confederates made a frontal assault, but on their left they discovered difficult ground in the ravines bordering the Tennessee River. In the centre the Union forces pulled back to the edge of the Peach Orchard forcing the rebels to attempt to cross the large open ground of the Sarah Bell cotton field. The right wing of the Union line is bounded by the Thick trees and undergrowth of the ‘Hornet’s Nest’ which saw fighting later in the day.
The objective for the Confederates is to smash through the gap and turn the Union line, the Union army needs to get its reserves into play to fill the gap as quick as possible before Col Stuart’s brigade is wiped out.