The scenario requires that the Rebels start on the baseline and Union troops cannot start further forward than village A. Forces, modified from the scenario book, were as follows:
4 regiments 8 regiments
3 batteries 2 batteries
The Union forces (mine) appeared to be a bit outnumbered but on the other hand had the benefit of a strong defensive position (and 3 redoubts to hide behind).
We played the game on our usual 6x4 ft table and it gave us a chance to give our old plastic 20mm Airfix/Revell/Esci troops an airing. Also, all of our terrain is entirely home made and is the product of concerted effort over the last three and a half decades. We’ve been through a lot together so it’s always nice to see them on the battlefield again!
Starting dispositions, viewed from the Union right flank, are shown on the following photo.
I decided to spread the Union forces quite evenly with a battery in each redoubt and with one regiment placed midway between villages A and B, one regiment behind village A and two regiments placed to defend the gap between village A and redoubt C. This was where I thought the rebels would try to get behind village A and/or isolate redoubt C.
The Rebel forces were placed along the baseline, and as one might suspect, were concentrated on my centre-left opposite the gap between village A and redoubt C. In addition, the crafty Rebels had placed some troops ready to infiltrate the woods on my far left flank.
The battle report will follow in the next post.