Sunday, October 11, 2015

Battle of Gaines's Mill - 27th June 1862

Yesterday afternoon myself and three strapping lads from the club got together and played a great ACW game based on the Battle of Graines's Mill on 27th June 1862. When I mean based I mean that after some extensive research I could not quite get the lay of the land, so in order to make the battlefield a little more scenic I place in the fence line and a building. However I hope I have replicated the remainder the of the battlefield. On one side, playing the Confederates was myself and Terry Moran, with seven brigades. Then on the Federal side was Dave Lowe and Graham Semple, with only four brigades, but only three were allowed to be activated. 

Warren's Elite Brigade of the 5th & 10th New York

The placement of brigades was kept as it was during the actual battle however minor adjustments were allowed to be made on the initial set up, but once the dice was rolling then it was up to the generals. Our battle went for about four hours all told and even though the Federals were out numbered almost two to one they were very hard to defeat. The heavily wooded terrain and the Boatswain's Swamp proved to be a major obstacle for the assaulting Confederates. This terrain slowed the attack so much that it was not until the third last turn that the 'Reds' were able to partially turn the first Union line and reach the open ground beyond.  

The 5th New York was never defeated and held their ground the whole afternoon. 

In the opening moves myself and Terry deployed four brigades of Gregg. Lawton, Winder & Ripley, twenty battalions all told against two brigades of Union (six battalions). The Federals held for four turns breaking one Confederate Brigade (Lawton) and holding the others in check, until we finally brought on the remaining three Confederate Brigades of Branch, Seymour and Trimble another fifteen battalions.

With the full force Confederates and overwhelming numbers we were able to break the Union right flank and forced back two battalions from Lovell's US Regular Brigade and finally on battalion for Buchanan US Regular Brigade. This allowed the Confederate forces a foothold at the base of the high ground. But alas this was only achieved on the last only a minor victory was granted to the victorious 'Reds'.

Union troops from Griffin's Brigade guard the Federal left flank. These lads were not allowed to make any tactical moves throughout the game.

A Union six gun battery supports the Union battle line 

The two Regular US Infantry Brigades, Buchanan and Chapman, deployed in support of each other

Gregg's Brigade advances towards the Elite Zouaves of General Warren

The 10th New York hold delivers a steady rain of musket balls towards the Rebel lines.

The Confederate Brigades of Winder & Ripley advance towards the overstretch Union line.

Gregg charges the Union line

There is fierce hand to hand fighting

But the thin Union line holds and General Warrens' elite troops repel the Rebels back across the Boatswain's Swamp.

Winders large brigade of six regiments crosses Boatswain's Swamp

Another Rebel charge on Warren's Boys...and they hold

The whole Federal first line is under constant attack from overwhelming numbers...will they hold...they must hold

Gregg's Brigade is defeated loosing 40% casualties and flees from the battlefield. However Confederate reinforcements arrive, Branch and Seymour's Brigades, and keep the pressure on the the Union line.

Winders' Boys charge the line Union line

With Rebels streaming through the woods all around the Union lines start to buckle 

A thin skirmish line fires on advancing Confederate troops from Branchs' Brigade

US Regulars from the 2nd line fire in support of their fellow Regulars in Lovell's Brigade

The Rebel break through the first Union line and advance towards Buchanan's Regulars on the 2nd line

Too many Rebels to hold 

Union troops manoeuvre to stop another Rebel charge

The rebels from Ripleys' Brigade fire a volley, staggering the US Regulars and then charge home with the bayonet.

Warren's Brigade defeats yet another Rebel assault...the sixth for the afternoon....these boys have balls of steal.

Again fierce hand to hand fighting erupts on the Union right flank as the Rebels try to break through

Finally after four hours of battle and hand to hand combat the Rebels break through the Union right flank..but they have suffered too many casualties to follow up on this hard won victory.


Thomas TETARD said...

Very impressive battle !
Miniatures are very well painted.

Which rules was used ?

Michael Peterson said...

I look forward to the report but the pictures are fantastic. Mostly Redbout figures by the look of them, lovely figures to see en masse and well painted. A wonderful looking table - bravo!

Phil said...

What a great looking game! Most impresssive pictures!

Juan MancheƱo said...

Wonderful game, really impressive. What rules have you used?

AJ (Allan) Wright said...

Impressive terrain and figures - very eye catching!

Vinnie said...

Thanks for the comments everyone. It was a challenging game for both the Federals and Confereates.



Silver Whistle said...

No one does ACW quite like you, magnificent!

Vinnie said...

Thanks Pat however I think with my ACW and your terrain we could put on a great looking game.

Moiterei_1984 said...

Some stunning pictures there! Must have been a great game.

William Stewart said...

Doesn't get any better than this!

Stu Rat said...

I realize this is a bit late, but very beautiful figures and layout.

One thing, in some of the pictures of Union troops, you seem to have the regimental colours to the right of the National Colours (from the unit's perspective). This is incorrect, The US flag is always to the right of the regimental flag. Just thought you might want to know.

Hayes Wauford said...

Gorgeous! I am putting together a Gaines Mill battle. Any info you can provide on OOB?