Today our little gaming group met at Jon's house for a refight of Gettysburg. Jon provided the table and the armies, and he acted as referee for the game. The figures are all Old Glory 10mm on 2.5" by 1.5" bases. The rules are Jon's homebrew Civil War rules, based on Republique. I commanded the Army of Northern Viriginia and Austin commanded the Army of the Potomac.
Sickles' position at the Peach Orchard
We began the action at 4:00PM on July 2nd. Sickles' III Corps was in an exposed position, and I prepared to attack him.
I swung Hood's division to the right, moving straight toward Little Round Top. McLaws began to attack Sickles' line. At the top of this photo you can see Ewell's II Corps moving to attack Cemetery Hill and Culp's Hill.
Right from the start, my attack ran into trouble. Cotton balls indicate morale hits, and McLaws' division was hurting.
Austin got the V Corps moving very quickly, and they won the race for Little Round Top. Hood's division took heavy losses without gaining any ground.
While Hood ground to a halt, McLaws' men began to run from the fight. They inflicted only two hits on Sickles' corps and failed to take any of Sickles' positions.
Meanwhile Ewell's corps failed to move the federals from the two hills on the Union right. Rhodes' division (top) took heavy losses from US artillery. Early's division (bottom) suffered more casualties than any other division in the army. Two whole brigades were destroyed, and the other brigades mostly ran for Gettysburg town in a rout.
Here's Early's division, torn to pieces by federal guns. Johnson's division of Ewell's corps did manage to carry Culp's Hill with no losses at all, but the rest of the Army of Northern Virigina was a mess. In desperation, I threw A.P. Hill's corps right at Cemetery ridge, but they too were repulsed.
Austin looks happy because this battle was never really in doubt.
And here I am, contemplating the folly of secession.
It was a rough day for the Confederates. Maybe I'll have more luck next time. Jon did make us a tasty Massaman curry, which softened the sting of defeat.