I also indulged this week at the club and asked Simon to take part in an ACW game although he has never played the game before, I just felt it was time to get the boys back on the table. I kept it simple as with any new game there is a lot of explaining to do and also not having played myself in over a year now, yes, my own memory may be hazy as well, heaven forbid.
Anyway, two brigades each and as Simon had the First Division of the First Corps I also gave him an extra officer, this division only contained two brigades at Gettysburg so he was entitled. I took two brigades from Hood's Division, Army of Northern Virginia so did not take John Bell Hood along, this gave me command problems as my regiments fragmented and my brigadiers ran around trying to get things done.
|The Iron Brigade.|
I had a couple of regiments in the centre which I would have liked elsewhere but could not find enough spare orders to move them with everyone else in action. My artillery on the right was charged by a brave bunch of New Yorkers and I really did expect to knock them back, however the dreadful morale throw by the gunners ensured their destruction. This charge would have forced me to disengage my right and form a new line had we continued, but we ran out of time. You can never take anything for granted in Johnny Reb and the battle ebbs and flows and a lot of effort is normally required to win outright, very much like the real thing during this period, which of course is why I like the rules.