Monday, 29 July 2013

Pickett's Feint - Gettysburg part 2

The Confederate I Corps HQ.  From L to R, a Tradition cavalry officer, General Pickett (another Tradition casting) and Col. J Robertson (a plastic multipart Britains figure).  More on these chaps in a forthcoming post.  They are accompanied by A British observer, Capt. Widdrington.

A degree of hidden setup was allowed and this permitted the wily Confederates to indicate that the main effort was to be against the southwest of the Federal position (Round Top etc), by planting a number of CSA flags in the woods west of the Emmitsburg Road.  There are loads of maps on the interwebnet - you may wish to refer to this one: map. The main effort, however, was to be made in the north, with Longstreet occupying the Yanks' attention from Seminary Ridge while Pickett was to advance on Culp's Hill and try to flank the position to the east.  So much for cunning plans!
Above: Longstreet's troops prepare to advance while his guns pound the US positions.
A CS brigade on the move.
Culp's Hill looked like a strong position to assault!
Longstreet's forces all ready to roll.
Pickett's chaps put on a good show...
...not least for the benefit of the world's press.  
Well for visiting Forbodian photographer Mat Bradic.
Reb troops were soon on the way up Culp's Hill.  Most of my photos were taken from this location
 - it was a sufficiently busy game that I had little opportunity to roam the battlefield!
Confederate limbers were kept well spaced in case of incoming fire!
As Reb infantry closed on the Culp's position.... of the defending Yankee regiments was driven off.
Once the Yanks had realised the 'attack' in the south was a bluff, the remaining 
Confederate forces soon appeared from the direction of Gettysburg.
As my own freshly painted Reb regiment approached the wood it was 
engaged by my only slightly older US regiment!
Just when it looked as if we'd carry the Culp's Hill position the 
Yankees poured in reinforcements.  What would happen next?


The Dancing Cake Tin said...

The Union forever! Hurrah, boys, hurrah!

Mosstrooper said...

Brilliant looking game !

Ross Mac said...

Yup, brilliant. Hurrah for both sides!

Archduke Piccolo said...

I'm rootin' for Johnny Reb on this one. Lawn games just seems to have something ... extra ... about them. Great looking game whatever the outcome...

Rodger said...

Fantastic looking game!

Tim Gow said...

Dancing Cake Tin
I see we'll have to agree to disagree on this point!

Tim Gow said...

It sure was. And hardly any rain!

Tim Gow said...

Ross Mac
Spoken like a Kentuckian!

Tim Gow said...

It was a pleasure to see and play it.

Tim Gow said...

Archduke Piccolo
It was a very special event - and your support is appreciated!