Lo0ng time, no post! Last Friday we met to play the Civil War battle of Wilson’s Creek.

Background:

After almost being driven from Missouri, the Missouri Guard Division under Sterling Price joined with a Texas Brigade under Ben McCullough and an Arkansas Brigade under Bartholomew Pearce. Union General Nathaniel Lyon confronted them in a spoiling attack at Wilson’s Creek on August 10th, 1861. The Union attack surprised the Confederates, and even though the smaller Union force abandoned the field, the intensity of the fighting caused Ben McCullough to withdraw his two brigades from the army and thus ensured the ultimate failure of Sterling Price’s attempt to gain control of Missouri.

The game begins with a surprise attack by the Union troops on the bivouacked Rebs. We used “Mr. Lincoln’s War” rules for the game and 20mm figures. Eric commanded the left flank (Lyon) and I took the right (Sigel).

Eric (Gen. Lyon) surveys the Yankee deployment

Eric (Gen. Lyon) surveys the Yankee deployment

 

The area is lightly wooded on the whole and we used scenario rules to handle that. Our opening attack went well on the whole. Most of the troops here were newly-raised, so a variable roll was made to determine troop quality. The Union rolled much better than the Rebs (so far!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Union troops attack the sleeping Rebs

Union troops attack the sleeping Rebs

A few turn later, the Rebs take a "likkin"!

A few turn later, the Rebs take a "likkin"!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We adjourned the game to continue on the next game day with the Union sweeping away several Reb units with the loss of a Cavalry Brigade who stupidly remained mounted when the Reb skirmishers open up on them (new rules…I screwed up!) The Rebs are all alerted now and are moving ominously toward the Union troops , who are still outnumbered. Did we kill enough to make the game even?

We’ll find that out on Friday!

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