We picked up where we left off last week.Having driven most of the Reb artillery out of the line the Union have limbered up their artillery in the centre & are moving forward into closer range as the Union infantry advance with them.
Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Bull Run Day 3: Part 2
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Bull Run Day 3
As night approached on day 2 the Confederates fell back towards Manassas & the Union consolidated their positions on the south side of Bull Run.
In the morning the Confederates were deployed defending Manassas Junction while the Union advanced to a new line just outside artillery range.
In the centre the superior numbers of Union rifled guns have forced most of the Reb artillery to withdraw.
We were never going to finish this in one night, so we decided this seemed to be a good time to call a halt tonight. The deployment phase is over & we can start into the serious fighting fresh next week.
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Bull Run: Day 2
We are fighting a Bull Run as a mini campaign over 4 campaign days.
CSA: Mark, Mitch, Chris.
USA: SteveD*, Renfrey, Jim, SteveJ.
* in Canberra by email & Zoom.
The map covers an area 20x16km.
Figs are 15mm, CSA old metals of various makes, Union 3-D printed.
Ground scale 400mm per km.
On day 1 the forces assembled, the Union north of Bull Run, the Rebs to the south.
On day 2 in the real thing, the Union spent the day resupplying & resting up, then on day 3 made a flank march to the west to cross the Run at Sudley Springs.
In this campaign, the Union advanced on a broad front directly towards Manassas Junction on day 2. All the fords were defended by Reb detachments.
At Blackburn the Reb have broken under musket fire from the front & artillery from the flank. More Union troops have appeared & are advancing down the ridge.
At Mitchels the Union have been driven back across the ford.
The butchers bill is not high for either, but favours the Union. Most of the losses were from artillery fire. The 2 sides had the same number of guns, but the Union's were better concentrated & more effective.
Tuesday, December 07, 2021
With a Bull Run campaign running by email but not yet resulting in battle we took a break from ACW & dusted off the WWI 1/72nd scale airplanes using our old Modder Fokker house rules.
British: Lt Oakford (Camel). Lt Nash (SPAD). Lt Arthur minor (Camel).
Germans: Oberleutant Gandy (Pfalz). Lt Jendrich (Fokker DVII). Lt Pearson (Albatros).
Lt Pearson took the honours with 3 shared kills, Lt Jendrich shared 2 kills & Ob Gandy shared 1 kill in a 3 nill German victory.