Continuing on with the clubs American Civil War Campaign game Ben the commander of the Union Eastern theater chose to invade from the sea Wilmington, North Carolina. An interesting move that I at least did not expect. Having just fought a battle for Springfield Missouri this shifted the focus. I did not attend the first night of this battle which lasted around 20 of the 30 turns given for the scenario. This left 10 turns for the Union forces to take the objective of the cross roads.
George had done a great job on the first 20 turns of the game pushing back Union troops on the confederate left while the blue coats moved up on the center. Turn 21 George moves troops into the buildings at the cross-roads ready for the Union attack.
Ben meanwhile set up a grand battery with loads of troops lined up to attack the crossroads.
After several turns of play Del on the Union left attacked with his troops while Ben moved on the cross roads in the center.
The Union move to push the confederates back in the center and on the Union left with heavy loss.
On the Confederate left I moved my 12 pounders and parrot guns into position to shoot down across the Union troops charging the center but faced a surprise. Ben moved up troops and charged my guns facing the canister. With my rolls it was not a bad idea looking back at it.
This ended well for my confederates as the Union troops were stopped by good rolls and led to the first of several rolls killing generals. This led to 2 of 3 rolls going against Ben and the killing of two generals including the Division commander. Del also lost a general as well from fire from George. So the Union will need to promote some more generals.
The Union forces were starting to tell in the center though and forcing back the original Confederate forces holding the town. George was prepared for this though.
On the Confederate left Ben moves up troops towards my forces in the woods. Even with his extended line and my have one regiment break I am able to hold the line. I charged with the hidden Confederate Cavalry and did well in the melee. George though deserves credit for the idea as he used it in the first week.
Rapidly thought the night was approaching the last turn and the Union still needed to take the cross roads.
After looking at the loss of troops including all the dead generals the Union retreats to Baltimore as the Confederate state militia are able to hold onto Wilmington. The layout was really great. Del did a great job as always with the table. George did a supper job holding off the Union attacks. Ben deserves credit for not killing any of his own troops with the grand battery. I came through with the rolls at the right time to hold the hill and not lose the guns.
This week General Grant moves down and attacks Springfield, Missouri again. As the commander of the Trans-Mississippi I must stop him. This is suppose to be a one week battle though out numbered we will see if I can hold onto Springfield.