|The Mississippians approach the 68th PA and trade shots. As what actually occurred, the 68th got the worst of it...|
During the actual battle, Barksdale's Mississippians charged with such fury, they cut through almost every Regiment they came into contact with. This game had some different twists. In order to give them the proper amount of "gusto," I gave them the "ferocious charge" special rule and any Regiment they charged had to pass a break test prior to even delivering closing fire.
|The middle regiment would get mauled by Union artillery fire.|
|Rebels reach the Emmittsburg road.|
|Barksdale with dark hair...(I actually have a 15mm figure of him - just haven't painted it yet)|
|The yellow die indicates a disordered unit.|
|The 68th PA on the left reaches its casualty breakpoint of 3 hits and Barksdale's men are starting to take casualties now. Time to charge!|
|Good rolling also ensures Kershaw's left-most Regiments show up in the nick of time.|
|Kershaw's men trading fierce fire with the yankees in the Peach Orchard.|
|Almost all Yankee units have some casualties by now, except for the Zuove unit in the center, who miraculously have not taken any hits.|
|The PA Regiment shown here would evaporate following their break test.|
|The Zuoves in the center hold firm and fight. The Rebel Regiment was pushed back - an a-historical result!|
|Meanwhile, in the Peach Orchard, the Rebels smash into the 68th PA, who evaporate from the assault.|
|Kershaw's Regiments in the lower left of the picture, currently "mopping up" will eventually be forced to make a supporting attack across the Wheatfield road into a hornets nest of yankee troopers.|
|Union flank refused. During the actual battle, Barksdale's men wheeled in the opposite direction. In this battle, they will wheel to their right in order to crush resistance here.|
|Kershaw's men move in for the kill. You can see behind them, the rebels have occupied the Peach Orchard and are preparing to wheel left themselves to engage the Union troops on the Wentz property.|
|Still a tough nut to crack! 3 Union Regiments, with 2 of them uncommitted.|
|Graham surveys the carnage.|
|The Peach Orchard is ours! Now we need to rally off some of those hits!|
|Kershaw's firing line. Time to charge in and brush those people aside.|
Well it's not the most historically accurate battle I've ever participated in, but it's not bad. It wouldn't have been much fun if all Barksdale's men did was brush the Yanks aside. Still though, the ultimate gauge of a rules set is delivering somewhat historically accurate results. Time, and a few more turns will tell how this battle will turn out.
Reading back on some of my past Black Powder battles, the lessons learned must always be re-learned. The Rebel artillery should have been brought up along with the infantry to blast away at the defenders. Close range delivers 3 vital dice and some nasty morale modifiers for artillery. Something to remember as Barksdale consolidates his position.
Speaking of Barksdale, the loss of his center Regiment tore a nasty hole in the line and now he will have an extremely difficult time coordinating orders. In fact, most regiments will now suffer -1 or -2 to their orders and no brigade orders allowed, probably for the rest of the game.
The Yankees have the benefit of a consolidated line and have no problem maneuvering troops into position. Their uncommitted battery, however, will have to commit itself and very soon if they're to have any hope of resisting.
Tune in later this week for Part II!