|"Berdan's" Sharpshooters covering the retreat of the Corn Exchange Regiment by Tim Kurtz|
|Map borrowed from the Civil War Trust site that is worth a thousand words in |
understanding the relative positions of the forces involved - see link below
As the commander of the Confederates in this game and knowing nothing of the history or the battle before playing it, I was pleased to see my overall battle plan broadly follow the original devised by General Hill. I decided to put the weight of my attack on the Union right and centre around the Cement Mill which was the objective, detaching a single brigade to pin, for as long as possible, the Union left flank, thus hopefully crushing the Union right and centre before their other forces could come to their support.
|Union positions lining the Potomac River with their massed artillery on the heights on the far side of the river|
In the end this proved relatively straight forward, with both flank forces covering the open ground in two moves to close with the Union line. However the centre proved to be more of a challenge and the corn and wheat fields interspersed with rail fences degraded my troops movements and caused them to linger under the fire of the Union guns longer than I would have chosen.
|The two lines close as the Confederates brave the Union artillery fire|
With my forward line of infantry arriving pretty much together, the US 17th decided discretion was the better part of valour and retired behind the poor old 118th Pennsylvania boys, and boy did these chaps live up to their billing, all though the size of the regiment demanded the respect of giving them the attention of several of my crack rated Confederate regiments.
|Pender's troops deal with the 25th and 13th New York Regiments and move into the gully on the Union right|
|As Pender's men consolidate, the Confederate first line charges into the Union line|
|A bitter fight developed in front of the Cement Mill|
|As the first line was engaged General Archer was busy getting the second line up in the face of difficult terrain and heavy Union artillery fire|
With a blood curdling yell, the grey line swept over the summit and smashed into the blue line driving it back but not breaking it.
Looking like the two forces would hold each others attention for a while yet, Lovell's brigade detached itself in a determined attempt to come to the aide of the hard pressed defenders around the Cement Mill.
|General Brockenbrough's brigade was detailed to pin Lovell's and Warren's brigades on the Union left|
|The Confederate second line starts to arrive as the Union troops are forced back to the Cement Mill|
|The tide of Confederate troops mass towards the Union forces desperately trying to hold the Cement Mill and protect the ford|
|General Sykes pulls Lovell's brigade off the bluff to attack the Confederate right flank|
Step forward General Lane, who giving a rip roaring plea to avenge all the wrongs committed by the blue bellies too date, pointed his sabre at the flank of the union brigade and personally led the first three of his five crack regiments in with the bayonet.
|To counter the attack from Lovell, General Lane leads his Confederate brigade and attacks Lovell's flank|