Saturday, October 30, 2021
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Let's see how the battle unfolded.
|Doubleday wheels left off the turnpike as an artillery battery|
passes through his brigade.
|Federal troops scurry quickly up to the fence as a battery|
follows up on the Federal left.
Jackson and two Rebel regiments approach Brawner's Farm
from the railroad cut.
|Federals stake out their ground without wasting any time.|
Rebel batteries begin hurrying onto the field.
|Doubleday forms up below Brawner's Farm |
as Jackson garrisons the crucial real estate.
|Positioned behind the fence, the Federals await |
the expected attacks.
Baylor and elements of his brigade cross the rail cut
and come up to support Jackson.
Rebel batteries deploy upon the heights.
|Doubleday shifts to the right.|
|Federal guns bring Brawner's Farm under increasingly|
intense fire as Taliaferro and Lawton arrive
to bolster the Rebel attackers.
|View from the Federal left.|
|Lawton arrives through the copse of trees.|
|The Rebel's Brawner Farm garrison grows.|
|Federal artillery is beginning to take a toll|
on the farm defenders.
|Ewell arrives from Stony ridge in the north on the |
Federal right while Taliaferro makes progress against
Union artillery on the left.
|Pressure is too much for Federal artillery |
and they limber up and fall back.
|Rebels catch a Federal section before it can escape.|
|View from Stony ridge and behind Rebels lines.|
|Protecting the Federal left, Union batteries give their attackers|
a taste of canister as the Rebel assault approaches.
The left end of Doubleday's line is flanked.
|Rebels attack the Federal lines as Trimble attempts to turn |
the Federal right and threaten the guns at Dogan's House
(seen in the background).
|By 8:00pm with darkness falling, the Federal right is being |
pushed back toward the turnpike.
Brawner's Farm is firmly in Rebel hands.
|If Rebels take Dogan's House, they claim victory on this day.|
Only a single section of Federal guns stands in their way.
|On the last turn with one combat to resolve, Rebels attack! |
Unfortunately for the Confederates, Federal guns repulse the
attacking Rebels and Dogan's House remains in Federal hands.
Saturday, October 23, 2021
|Action at Brawner's Farm|
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
|The German squadron takes to the skies|
|Lt Manove' gives chase|
|Nice maneuvering, Manove'!|
|The Baron tailing the enemy|
|Hard to tell friend from foe|
|The two-seater spins out!|
Saturday, October 16, 2021
The Battle of Brawner's Farm saw action on the gaming table a second time. Again, like Game #1, the battle unfolded remotely. Rather than umpiring a two-player game pitched against two American players, in this contest I faced off against an Australian opponent. Peter (Grid based wargaming) accepted the challenge to participate in a remote game.
Peter and I managed a collaborative game years ago refighting the French & Indian War. We teamed up with a combination of strategic play using a board game and tactical resolution using miniatures. The campaign can be found at Montcalm & Wolfe. Who still recalls that series?
With the 18 hour time zone difference, we decided upon a two-player game with me commanding one of the combatants. Peter, from Melbourne, chose to command the Confederates under Stonewall Jackson. I took command of elements of King's Division including Gibbon's Iron Brigade. After guiding players from afar in the first Battle of Brawner's Farm game (see Battle for Brawner's Farm), I thought I saw opportunities for the Federals to gain a victory. Well, not so much for gaining a victory as fighting not to lose the battle.
|Federals are marching toward Groveton|
on Warrenton Turnpike.
|Gibbon's Iron Brigade wheels off the turnpike and begins|
to deploy on the eastern edge of Brawner's Wood.
|Jackson arrives with 26 and 60 GA as Rebel guns|
swing into position on Stony Ridge.
Federals build an artillery fire base on the turnpike.
|Baylor arrives to support Jackson |
at the copse of trees in the center.
|Gibbon draws deeper into the woods.|
|Confederate guns command the open field.|
|Rebels move up to support the guns as Gibbon sends|
a regiment and gun out to the east.
|Federal troops preparing for action.|
|In a costly mistake, Federal guns move toward Brawner's.|
They will be lost...
|Rebels charge off the hill destroying one gun section.|
Gibbon reinforces his right.
|Has Doubleday's position been turned?|
The center Federal regiment takes heat from guns
on the heights as a Rebel regiment attacks.
|Rebels attack Doubleday after preparatory fire |
from Brawner's Farm.
One Federal regiment heads for the rear!
|Flushed with success, has the Confederate regiment|
advanced into a Hornet's Nest?
|Yes! Rebels are ejected from the woods.|
|On the Rebel left, Confederate reinforcements|
arrive in strength from Stony Ridge.
|With Rebels lining the high ground,|
can the Iron Brigade hold?
|Situation about 7:30pm|
|With their left turned, Federals reel as casualties mount.|
|While the Iron Brigade holds on the Federal right preventing|
the Rebels from attacking Dogan's House, Doubleday's brigade
is destroyed in Brawner's Wood. Gibbon is forced to retire.