Tuesday 9 July 2024

Shenandoah Campaign : Battle of Winchester May 1862

Finally getting back into the swing of things with a battle on Saturday, what better way than the next in our Shenandoah Camapaign. We are upto the First Battle of Winchester which took place on 25th May two days after the battle of Front Royal. Stonewall Jackson had been attempting to cut the Union army off as they moved north. After a skirmish around Middletown the day before. Although outnumbered the Union forces under Banks took up s defensive position just south of Winchester to make a stand.

A map of the historical battle, the Confederates heavily outnumber the Federals so I made a few tweaks to balance the scenario. The key element of which is the timing and arrival of Taylor’s Brigade on the flank of the Union position. 
Our setup at the start
The combined brigades of Winder, Taliaferro and Campbell with artillery opening up to support the advance
Trimble’s Brigade starts to advance from the SE supported by Stuart’s Cavalry who have pushed to the front
Donellys brigade forms up on Camp Hill south of the town of Winchester supported by artillery
Jackson’s forces begin the advance
Gordon’s brigade on Bower’s Hill taking up defensive position behind a stonewall which was a feature of the battlefield historically
We had set the time limit for the battle at 10 turns, the Confederate reserves could arrive on turn 6 but might be delayed ? The Union forces must try and hold the town
The Confederates quickly move to attack looking to use their advantage in numbers charging the forces behind the stonewall
Trimbles forces are forced to cross the bridge and the lead unit fails a morale check reluctant to push forward
The rest of Trimbles units start to spread out, their cavalry have dismounted to add support
Fighting now all along the front
A second Union unit has taken up a position at the wall and another hand to hand combat takes place to try and push them back, the confederates are now eagerly waiting for their reserves to arrive on the Union right flank, but the dice gods intervene 😒
On the right rebels have now taken Camp Hill but they face a hard fight to get into the town
But the Fenederals are a very thin line of blue !
On the left, the Rebels are making progress
And a leading unit charges into the town hoorah ! Unfortunately they become isolated and get swamped by the defenders
Finally Taylor’s Louisiana brigade arrives on the flank , but they are too late to turn the battle arriving on turn 9, why oh why did they get lost !
The Union forces are seriously depleted but have just managed to hold on to the town and the Rebels have run out of time.

A great battle the Rebels were close but were plagued by some poor dice rolling especially failing a number of morale checks. Glad to be back to gaming πŸ™‚ as far as the campaign is going the Federals have a clear advantage, but it really isn’t about the score is it ????


Thanks as always for checking by , some more games planned in over the next weeks and I have some more Naples photos to share when I get a chance.

Matt πŸ‘


30 comments:

  1. As usual a visual feast Matt, glad to see you back at the front, see you tomorrow.

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    1. Thanks George….i think I have a plan for the Germans πŸ‘

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  2. Terrific looking game, Matt, and as George says, good to see you back in action. The situation does not look good for Jackson. This campaign may need to be renamed, “Banks’ Valley Campaign.”

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    1. Thanks Jon , indeed history isn’t quite repeating itself in this campaign πŸ€”

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  3. Superb looking game Matt and good to see you back in action

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    1. Thanks Neil gradually getting back into gaming πŸ‘

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  4. A splendid retelling of the battle, an excellent outcome too. I love the blue houseπŸ˜‰

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    1. Thanks David I would have preferred the rebels to sneak a win but heyho

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  5. Great battle, we should play an ACW battle in the future

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  6. Fantastic looking game and sounds like a great battle.

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  7. Glad you are getting back to health and a great game to get your teeth into, very nice looking and a good report too!

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  8. Great ACW action. Nice to see. πŸ˜€

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  9. Awesome battle report as always Matt!
    Best regards

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  10. A lovely looking game as usual Matt. The Union forces do seem to have quite a lead in this campaign.

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    1. Thanks Lawrence, we are having a lot of fun playing these games…the score is slightly disappointing but that isn’t the point really πŸ˜€

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  11. A splendid report and accompanying pictures.

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  12. I enjoyed your report and photos. It's a period when it never seems good [either historically or in a wargame] to be the attacker. I committed to supporting the Confederacy before I was ten with my first wargame army [only the standard bearer still exists] and so all defeats are hard to take.
    Stephen

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    1. Thanks Stephen, obviously I have both armies so I’m less worried about who wins, attacking as you say is often hard in these horse and musket periods

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  13. Great looking game. You certainly are in your groove with the AAR. It is interesting to see the campaign unfold as it's played.

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  14. Great to see the battles raging again Matt.

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    1. Thanks Michael more to come soonish πŸ‘

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  15. A great game Matt and good to see you throwing dice again:).

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    1. Thanks Steve more games very soon πŸ‘

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