With only 4 more turns left in the game we started the game with the initiative rolls. I won the initiative and moved to block the cavalry in my rear with one fresh infantry unit and moved the Confederate infantry on the right flank to hold the hill against approaching Union infantry.
I forgot my camara so did not shoot new pictures for the battle. Del playing for Ben as Ben is sick started to move towards the hill on the right with several regiments as I moved my cavalry around back towards the rear and the town of Corinth. I did this with a voluntary route which I then rallied from.
Rick down a commander having been killed in the last turn was not able to move all his regiments against the Confederate left flank. We traded shots doing damage to each other but my troops made the moral rolls as did Rick’s. I then faced off against Rick’s charges in the next turn as he was able to make the command rolls and got a general back. This led to a prolonged melee as Rick sent several infantry units against what was left of the Confederate left flanks. We were grinding each other down with fire and melee but making the moral rolls so no one broke for another turn.
Del attacked up the hill on the right flank and faced off against my two infantry units. This led to a massive battle as I fired on his troops on the way in. One of his units making the morale rolls the other I had stepped back from out of melee range and fired on causing the unit to take a morale roll which it failed. The other one locked in melee but lost on the next turn.
I retook the space I had vacated on the right and fired again on the advancing Union infantry again causing a morale check. My cavalry meanwhile was coming around the table towards Corinth as a fresh unit of infantry six stands strong blocked the Union Cavalry in my rear.
I lost another infantry unit on the left flank against Rick’s charges. Still other units held and I repositioned the guns on the hill. I also killed two more Union generals. The battle was a real meat grinder. As I rallied some troops and got them ready for another assault by the Union one of Rick’s regiments was destroyed and another broke.
As the game was near ending I was able to hang onto the hill on the right flank as Del’s troops were again hurt with some good rolls and failed morale. Rick was continuing his attacks but his units were really ground down by now. I retained the hill and kept Corinth as Rick’s cavalry retreated from the Confederate Infantry and Cavalry. I ended up with around 58 troops left versus 20 something for the Union. So we called it a Confederate victory. I retained two of the three objectives and had really ground down the Union commands. They had really taken a beating but had kept on coming. It was bloody battle as far as loses go with both sides taking lots of damage and the Union having multiple generals killed every night we played.
The game was good and the Union tactics were very good. The fact Kon had been able to hold up the mass of troops had been really important. As I was able to use the roads to move troops up to the hill faster than the Union is most likely was saved us in the end. Though I miss used the cavalry and one unit of infantry. The rolls on the last two nights were better for me and made the difference. I did have another infantry unit destroyed but they had made morale rolls during the melee several turns to fight to the last man and made a real difference.
Rick’s moves of attacking in column with more than one unit on a single Confederate unit was really good. For the most part I fought those in line for the fire bonus on the way in and that for some large units was helpful but still they were getting hammered. I think the fact that both sides made most of their morale rolls is one reason the game lasted so long. If either side had broken more often it may have been an easier victory one way or another. Command was important and most of the time the Union was able to make the command rolls even when they had dead generals.
We spent the rest of the night doing campaign moves but more on that another time.