The resulting bulge in the Union lines stuck itself into one of the most powerful Corps formations in the Rebel army, as it was positioning itself for an echeloned attack against the Union positions on their left flank. The battles that were fought in and around that area of Gettysburg are some of the most heroic, terrifying, and costly battles in the annals of the American Army to this day.
|Brigades and Batteries posted along the Emmitsburg Road go stationary.|
|Sickles' III Corps after their initial advance. The Plum Run is visible on the left with the Rose Farm next to it. The Trostle Farm is visible in the lower right. THe Peach Orchard is along the road.|
|General Sickles' Headquarters at the Trostle Farm. Pretend that "1" is a "3" ...|
This battle had some unusual and unexpected conclusions. The result was not at all what I expected to happen. Although Volley and Bayonet usually delivers predictable results, last night's engagement was a complete reversal of fortune. I will get into why I think that happened.
|Barksdale's Brigade advances against the Peach Orchard|
|Union guns ready themselves for action.|
|INto the fray|
|After the initial assault, Barksdale's Brigade evaporated (???) Union Brigades hold firm with heavy casualties. A direct assault along the Peach Orchard would not occur the rest of the Battle in that kind of mult-Brigade strength.|
|Assaulting the Wheatfield.|
|Defending the Stone Wall against Hood's Texans|
|De Trobiand's Brigade in the Wheatfield|
Since Volley & Bayonet's movement for massed units is 16 inches, I changed movement and range to centimeters, however I kept the ground scale the same as if it was in inches. That's a problem with scenario design for a few reasons:
In the actual Battle, union brigades arrived, and were almost immediately attacked. In Volley & Bayonet terms, I do not believe they would have had time to "go stationary" however they met the Rebel Assaults with 7 melee and 5 fire dice. Not good prospects for the Rebs.
Also in the actual Battle, the Rebs achieved excellent local superiority and had supporting Brigades in their assaults. I was, at best, only ever able to achieve 2:1 on the assault for the rebs and 4 dice are still no match for 7 fire dice.
One last thing is terrain density. Since my ground scale was so convoluted, I believe I made the terrain more restrictive than it should have been. The Rose Woods was too close to the Rose Farm and the Wheatfield, and did not give the Rebs the maneuver room they needed to flank the positions around the Peach Orchard and Wheatfield. The Rebs never had a chance.
|Marker marks the position of the Battery that was captured by the rebs, mins 1 Strength Point.|
|Captured and re-crewed the guns! First time that has ever happened in a Volley and Bayonet game for me.|
|US Excelsior Brigade counterattacks in the Peach Orchard driving Semmes' Brigade out|
|Final Dispositions - All Union Brigades hold their ground with significant casualties|