I tweaked the OOB slightly from that in the TCHAE book adding an extra bases (or two in some cases) to some of the very weak confederate units with only 2 bases. I also opted to start with all units on blinds and none deployed on the table. (My figures incidentally are mounted 2 to a base rather than 4 to a base.)
|The table from the Confederate right|
|Close-up of the centre and Kernstown; Pritchard's Hill |
is in the background. The central wall was my own
addition but in fact it did not prove significant .
A critical moment came when the Union CinC, Kimball did manage to get some troops onto Pritchard's Hill. These were then spotted and Kimball deployed his (still-limbered) artillery at the front of the brigade hoping to get them deployed in a commanding position - big mistake.
Unfortunately, this underestimated the speed at which Fulkerson, who was still on a blind could close and when Fulkerson's 'card' came up first his troops charged up the hill, capturing the guns and causing the rest of Kimball's command to fall back and one of his raw units to rout. [Sadly, this was so exciting, I failed to get a picture!!]
Meanwhile Kimball's command was also pressed
|The wheels come off Kimball's command|
On the confederate right things moved at a somewhat slower pace but Burk duly marched into Kernstown unopposed while Sullivan continued to await orders from the increasingly desperate Kimball.
|Conf Right: Sullivan keeps a wary eye on Ashby.|
Burk's command can be seen in the background
As Burk managed to get around the flank of Sullivan the threat did become more apparent and Sullivan finally received some orders. However, the confederates were able to deal with Sullivan's units one at a time. Before long two of Sullivan's units had been put to flight leaving just two more units on the far side of the hill.
|From Jackson's position on Pritchard's Hill |
all seem to be going well
|The final (successful) attack on Sullivan|
|Tyler's brigade withdraws|
All in all this was an excellent game. I would highly recommend TCHAE to anyone with an interest in the ACW. The crucial point here was the abject failure in the Union command and in particular the CinC Kimball being pulled in too many directions as he tried to act as CinC and control his own brigade. In contrast Jackson was able to keep things going according to plan and his presence near Garnett (rated as 'Cautious') prevented the cautious 'card' causing the rebels any real problems.
I am very tempted to play it again to see what might happen if the Union is given a separate CinC (Shields who was injured). In that case I suspect the outcome would be very different.