The Battle of Winchester was our last game for the Valley Campaign. After three battles this was the Union's last chance to hopefully defeat Jackson (Brian Buskell) and claim the Valley for the Union. In doing so Victor (as the Union commander) call in all his available troops directed them to converge on Winchester. The Union mobilisation included two divisions of infantry(22 infantry battalions), nine regiments of cavalry and six batteries of artillery. With these massive re-enforcements Victor hoped to overwhelm Brian with shear numbers. Brian on the other hand had only 17 battalions of veteran troops, three regiments of cavalry and six batteries of artillery......the odds were not on his side.
With both side seeking a decisive outcome both Victor and Brian played to win and did not hold back of feeding more troops in battle. Initially Brian deployed his cavalry in and around the outskirts of Winchester, hoping to slow down the Union tide and to buy time for the remainder of Jacksons' troops to deploy. Victor also first deployed with his cavalry and in doing so deployed four regiments and a battery of artillery. But Jackson cavalry under the command of Col Ashby held the Union troops in check just long enough to allow the infantry to deploy.
Jackson was everywhere, with a command radius of eight inches and movement of 24 inches he was inspirational and if he could win this battle he would become one of the greatest captains of history.
The battle for the surrounding countryside waged back and forth for much of the game and there was bloody fighting in the streets of Winchester. At one point the Union troops took 3/4 of the town but were soon stopped by the Jackson's old brigade (commanded by Garnett) who push the remaining Union troops back through the streets, leaving many regimental colours behind.
In the end Victor did not achieve the victory he so desperately needed and was forced to withdraw leaving Jackson in command of the field. Jackson who would now have ever lasting fame and would soon head south with his army for the Peninsular and further fame. Our attempt to change history failed but boy did we have fun trying......till the next campaign.
The great Victory Perry and our resident wargaming genius Andrew Parr plan the next Union assault.
Jackson rallies Ashby's dismounted cavalry encouraging them to hold at all cost until his own foot cavalry arrive.
Jackson's foot cavalry arrive just in the nick of time
Confederate Brigades arrive south of Winchester
Union troops assault the town
With Union assaults coming in hard and fast the Confederate cavalry hold on with the skin of their teeth
Not with a moment to spare Jackson old brigade push on through Winchester, pushing Union troops back, taking prisoners and colours along the way.