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.