After our "Terrible Sharp Sword" game at the last club, we were determined to play again starting our narrative campaign. Here I shall present a quick battle report focussing more on the game, later in the week I shall present Coy I, 76th New York, it's officers and men.
Scenario Two in the rulebook "Marching" sees one force trying to move across the table whilst the other is patrolling the area and unaware of their opponents position. The Union troops entered the table on the road whilst the Confederates entered from the road on the right hand side as seen from the photo below.
The table seen from the other side.
The Union forces advanced down the road on blinds, we didn't use dummies, the first card represented the small cavalry force, the next the 76th and the third blind was the Zouaves bringing up the rear of the column. The forces became snarled up after some appalling dice rolls for movement.
Eventually the cavalry came off their blind and continued their advance down the road.
The Confederates moved down the road towards the junction, some of the rebels come off their blinds ready to engage the cavalry
The rebel skirmishers are spotted by the sergeant leading the cavalry.
The rebels rush forward to the fence to engage the cavalry. They then come under fire which encourages them to leave the road and take cover. Once off the road they line the trees, coming under continued fire, Sergeant Clark is lightly wounded by fire from the fowling pieces, whilst the Union cavalry return fire with the breach loading carbines driving the rebels from the road and in to the cover of the tree line.
Meanwhile, other blinds had crossed the top of the table, and revealed themselves blocking the road. The 76th hearing the musketry ahead pull of the road and on to the hill coming off their blind when spotted by the rebel skirmishers now in the tree line.
The Zouaves, still on their blind, move left off the road.
The 76th shall advance!
The cavalry were ordered back by Clark before they their accrued shock would force them back.
Fire from the 76th forced the rebels out of the tree line as the Union forces continued to advance.
The blue line continues their advance.
Once in the tree line they continue to fire on the retreating rebel forces routing one unit.
The cavalry rally behind the cover of the Zouaves, who continue to advance towards the rebels.
With time running out we decided to end the game with some volley fire from the 76th, which was returned by the rebel skirmishers lining the fences on the road. After rolling an enormous number of dice we decide that the Union forces would carry the day if we had more time, I duly claimed the two victory points.
The Union forces suffered eight casualties which in the post game checks resulted in four dead, four seriously wounded and missing the next game and finally four only lightly wounded which would be healed by the next game.
The 76th will take to the table with 72 of their original 80 figures on the next game.