Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Battle of New Market - Our 3rd Battle of the Valley Campaign

Only two days after the battle of Strasburg the Union Army retreated south towards New Market where Shields defeated troops met up with General Schenck and his two brigades of fresh troops. It was at this meeting that General Shields was informed that after to major defeats, at the hands of Jackson (Brian), he was to be replaced as commanding General by General Schenck. But Jackson was pushing his troops hard and was right on the heals of Shields defeated and demoralised troops and soon caught up with them at the small town of New Market.

My good friend Victor took up the command of the majority of troops again and I commanded one of his brigades, Brian played the Great Stonewall Jackson who was soon to achieve another great victory for the Confederacy. Both sides deployed with bridges up to 12inches in with Victors depleted and demoralised troops in and around the town of New Market. Brian on the other hand deployed his now veteran troops just north of the town.

Jackson made the first move, as normal, attacking fast and hard onto Victors left flank with two brigades and three batteries of artillery. Brian's two remaining brigades demonstrated on on the Union right, where Victor had placed remaining three units of cavalry now dismounted).

Victors battle plan was sound..hold at all costs with his demoralised units hopefully long enough for Schenck's nine fresh battalions, three batteries and supporting cavalry to come up from the rear. These new units were to repulse Jackson and give the Union troops a little breathing space to re-organise and re-supply. Brian's plan on the other hand was to crush the Union Army at all cost and free the Valley from Union suppression.

This image portrays the initial set up of both Victor and Brian's troops - Union to the south and centre of New Market and Confederates to the north (almost opposite deployments for the 1864 battle)

Brian's (Jackson) first attack on the Union left flank. This attack was to draw the majority of the Union re-enforcements and would see-saw for most of the night until Victors troops gave way on the seventh turn.

Union batteries deploy on Shirley's Hill providing support for the Union troops below.

A view from Jackson's old Stonewall Brigade. This brigade was to spend most of the game fighting through the two of New Market and in doing so finally break the Union centre.

Victor's latest painting (sorry about the image bad camera) a Union sharpshooter battalion.

Dismounted cavalry holding the Union right. These guys, even though demoralised, preformed well with their repeater carbines and slowed the Confederate advance long enough for additional Union troops to advance..but only at great cost.

The fighting around St Matthew's church was intense for a number of turns but finally Jackson's old brigade won through.

Fresh Union troops come up from reserve..three battalions on the Union right and six on the left, plus three batteries of artillery. However they were too late to change the outcome of the battle, but were to hold steady for the expected Union retreat.

Confederate troops pour through the town, scooping up Union prisoners by the score as they go.

Even though Victor had 2/1 superiority on his left flank he was unable to break the Confederate advance. Brian had deployed three strong batteries of artillery across his front, which deterred any aggressive moves in that sector by the Union.

With the battle almost over Brian's troops break Victor's centre in the town.
Brian still had one card up his sleeve...six fresh battalions from the Richmond front finally arrived after marching hard and fast to the sound of the guns. They soon appeared on the Union right flank, overwhelming the dismounted cavalry and supporting the assault on New Market town.

The final image of the game shows Brian's victorious troops taking the last house in New Market, thus breaking the Union centre. It was a hard fought battle with serve causalities on both sides. Of Victors troops, his original division was completely destroyed and would never fight again in this campaign. However his remaining nine battalions would put up a stout resistance and allow for the broken units to withdraw.....would they fight another day??? Would Jackson's foot saw, hungary and tried troops pursue or would turn north to fight another Union Army heading south from Harper's Ferry??


Steve-the-Wargamer said...

More please!! Lovely...

Rodger said...

Wonderful photos Vinnie.

Steve's Wargame Stuff said...

Lovely stuff. Great figures and terrain.

Iowa Grognard said...

Very nice!

JM said...

Another excellent looking game?

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

Simply fantastic!


shintokamikaze said...

wow,great figs and terrain

Vinnie said...

Thanks for the comments guys..we try to put on a good display when we can, not only for ourselves but also to hopefully inspire others...I am sorry about the quality of the images though.



Mojo said...

Wow, what a great setup!
Nice terrain, figures and AAR!

It was a pleasure to read your post!
Hope you had fun :)

Cheers, Mojo

Bluewillow said...

excellent Vinnie!

Tell victor to finish those Fenlon dismounted cav and they may of stood up to some more punishment!