|A glimpse of Scott's beautiful 28mm Federal troops|
- First time my 28mm ACW Sash & Saber Federal brigade saw action on the table
- First time Scott's extensive 28mm ACW collection saw action on the table
- First time the rules, Pickett's Charge, saw action on the gaming table
|At start deployments|
|The line of battle from behind the Federal lines|
Having a brigade of Federals to put into the game, Scott placed me in the shoes of the poor commander, Milroy. With three full infantry brigades, one small reserve brigade, and three, six gun batteries, the Federal task was to either exit the opposite end of the table or die trying. Stopping the Federal troops from their breakout was Rhodes' Confederate division. The Rebel regiments were smaller than their Federal counterparts but many of their regiments were classified as "Elite" while almost all Federal regiments were classed as "Green."
|Federal right advances upon the enemy|
|Federal right on the approach|
|Reb cavalry try to outflank the Federal troops|
|Federal troops advance calmly towards their destruction|
|Two Federal regiments redeploy to the right of the battle line|
|Federals prepare to close|
Just as the Federal right advanced into effective musketry range, initiative shifted over to the Confederates. Oh my! Caught in the open within effective range of the elite Confederate infantry. Rather than take the expected devastating Rebel fire, Milroy ordered a charge and closed with the Confederate line.
Despite having the advantage in numbers, the smaller elite Rebels regiments poured withering fire into the green Union troops. Disaster among the Federal ranks! All four regiments on the right were repulsed with heavy casualties. Lead Federal regiments taking the most fire recoiled into their supports driving all before them.
|With the Federal right repulsed, Milroy surrenders.|
What of the rules, Pickett's Charge? I will save my first impressions for another post.