lundi 21 novembre 2016

ACW Battle Report

On 19 November 1863, two union brigades were ordered to take a little farm in rebel territory. Willing to put up a fight and defend their homeland, the confederates dispatched two brigades to defend the field. This little-known action has been forgotten by most historians but is still remembered as one of the most violent battles of the Civil War. Only a few brave men would live another day. 

Turn 1: The first union brigade deploys on the right flank to turn the farm.  The second brigade advances slowly to face the fam. The Rebels rush toward the building but don't manage to reach it in time.
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Turn Two: The Union continues to move on both flanks while the Confederates reach the farm and its flank.

Turn Three: Both sides are now ready for battle. On the Union's right, the rebel brigade takes the initiative by launching a general hand to hand assault on the 1st union brigade. The Confederate general wants to clear the flank of the farm before turning the second brigade. However, the North holds its ground with little casualties. The South is forced to stand back and wait for enemy fire. 

Turn Four: Despite the rain of fire, morale stays high on the Confederate side. Unionists seem to have lost their aim in the charge and miss almost all their shots. The South, made of sturdy men, shoots back sharply and inflicts several casualties to the enemy!

Turn Five: The union shoots again but fails to break the rebs, despite a much higher concentration of fire power.  The South puts two canons in battery, triggering the collapse of a whole union brigade!

Turn six, seven and eight: The remaning union brigade concentrates its fire on the farm. The South, weakened, resists bravely but is finally forced out the battlefield.  The Union takes the farm but lost many brave men in the process.

The oucome of the battle could have been very different if the melee had been won by the Confederacy. Reflecting back, this early assault was too daring and cost the life of too many valuable men. Nonetheless, their bravery under fire was a cause of worries for the Union General, who was confident in a swift victory.