Confederate entrenched guns on hill and road in center.
After the Union invasion of Wilmington, North Carolina was defeated the next strategic move was made. Del seeing an opportunity after pulling General Grant from the Generals pile and the union getting a second move attacked the Confederate garrison at Springfield, Missouri. Del had seen George move troops and the opportunity presented itself for a 2 to 1 advantage at Springfield. So with roughly 10,000 confederate troops under my command versus General Grant with 20,000 the stage was set for a single night game in the campaign the 2nd Battle of Springfield.
The stage was set for a difficult battle with the goal of holding an entrenched hill and building in the center as the goals for the union troops. Del was partnered up with me on the Confederate side as George was unable to attend the game. Rick and Ben were the Union. On the left Del had the guns on the hill and supported it with infantry behind the hill. In the center a forward defense in front of the defenses was prepared with infantry and my other cannons. On the Confederate right hidden in the trees I had a veteran regiment and some cavalry.
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Confederates in front of white house objective and on the hill.
I had expected to duke it out for a while with fire and have to fall back on my supported positions due to the advantage in Union troops. I had hoped to catch the Union troops in a cross-fire with my hidden troops on the Confederate right. Well no plan survives contact with the enemy.
Union cavalry probe around flank.
Ben and Rick surged forward all across the field of battle. Rick using his cavalry to try to come around my right flank. The only way to protect against this was going to be to bring my infantry out of the woods earlier than I had planned.
Ben’s troops march on the center.
Union troops surging forward all across the board.
Second problem I expected Ben to stop in the middle and blaze away for a while and soften up my troops before going in. I had wanted to soften his troops up and retire behind the building and fence line. Ben charged on turn 2. I could either stand and deliver or voluntary break. I chose to stand and deliver as I took the risk at canister range I would inflict enough damage to stop the charge. I rolled no hits and was butchered the battery being taken.
Ben’s Union troops charge the center on turn 2.
Ben had moved on the hill and was taking fire from Del but he was rolling like me not a good start to the night.
Union attacking the Confederate Left on the hill.
Even on the right side of the Confederate line where I killed half of Rick’s cavalry unit in a single turn Rick made the morale roll and did not break. Nothing going right for the Confederates as I did not make my morale rolls in the center and was pushed back in melee.
Ben takes the first objective.
Not even half way through the game and Ben has taken one of the objectives with the Confederate forces routing in the center. One infantry regiment already destroyed and the battery taken.
Union forces moving on the second objective.
With the center broken the Union forces under Ben are able to start and surround the second objective seen in the above picture. I rallied some troops in the center behind a fence to draw them off but they were ignored by the Union troops seen in the picture below.
Feeble attempt at a second line.
The rolls were bad on the confederate side and the forces outnumbered which did not help. Ben and Rick never waited around to try to shoot it out for a while which might have helped the Confederate chances. The rolls in fire and melee were bad for the confederates and they did not make it through half the game turns.
Confederates charged from all sides.
This was a complete Union victory. Perhaps holding back with a deeper deployment would have been better but since Ben and Rick were so aggressive the only real hope for the Confederate forces were better dice. That did not happen so Ben and Rick were rewarded for their good tactics. Springfield, Missouri has fallen to General Grant and as commander of the Trans-Mississippi I am responsible. At least I know I won’t be sacked.