Having returned from a recent trip back East to walk several ACW battlefields, getting my 10mm ACW collection onto the table was Priority #1. With visits to Gettysburg, Antietam, First/Second Manassas, and Harper's Ferry, I had plenty of choices to make. The battle selected to kick off a string of ACW battles on the tabletop was First Manassas. While I tackle the entire battle, Young's Branch is focal to the table as it defines the major Confederate interior lines. Having seen an old map with the battle labeled as Young's Branch, I figured that a reasonable name for this scenario.
|Young's Branch battlefield|
|Looking north toward Stone House from Sudley-Manassas Road. |
Henry House in the right foreground.
Stew and I sat down on Saturday afternoon to give the scenario a run-through. For a change for me, both players resided in the same time zone. Stew chose to command the Federal Army under McDowell. I would command the twin armies of Johnston and Beauregard. This would be Stew's first remote game and the first with the rules. Being a longtime Fire & Fury aficionado, I wondered how he would take to my adaptation of Fields of Honor.
Without wasting anymore print, let's move on to the fighting of the actual battle.
The battle begins with the arrival of Burnside's Brigade moving south along the Sudley-Manassas Road following McDowell's grand flanking maneuver. Warned of the Federal arrival to his left, Evans quickly moves the bulk of brigade from guarding the Stone Bridge over to Matthews' Hill. With reports of large Federal formations arriving to the north, Beauregard sends Bee and Bartow north from Henry Hill to support Evans.
|Evans stands alone on Matthews' Hill.|
|Burnside shakes his brigade out into line.|
|Bartow and Bee race to Matthews' Hill.|
|Hunter's Division attacks!|
|Evans' losses are heavy but the Federals pay a price.|
|The Rebels retire off of Matthews' Hill.|
|Blue lines push the Rebels back.|
|As the Rebels fall back to The Stone House,|
Hunter's Division secures Matthews' Hill.
|Rebels fall back to Young's Branch.|
|Bee and Bartow continue to retire|
back over Young's Branch.
|Sherman crosses Bull Run and approaches Young's Branch.|
|Wasting no time, Sherman advances across Young's Branch.|
|Sherman's boys suffer at the hands of |
Beauregard's crippling volleys.
|Sherman prepares to attack Robinson House.|
|Hunter's Division forms up at The Stone House.|
|Federals press on toward Henry Hill.|
|Support arrives for Hunter.|
|Sherman takes Robinson house!|
|McDowell presents a wide front.|
|Federals close in on Henry Hill.|
|More Federal reinforcements come up.|
|Henry Hill is still in Rebel hands but not for long.|