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yarkshire gamer26 Sep 2015 3:57 a.m. PST



Morning people,

Its been over a year since I ACW'ed so we are having another go. I'm not a ACW buff so I asked our resident guru Ian to suggest a battle. "Gaines Mill, thats a nice small one" he said.

When I ran out of regiments (I have about 150) I have requested a reclassification from "small".

Its a long post as I have included our regimental orbat and our battlefield map. We use Johnny Reb II rules which for me are still the best, old school kool. ACW purists be gentle with your comments, I am but a man and an Englishman (nay Yarkshire !) at that.

Regards, Ken
The Yarkshire Gamer

uglyfatbloke26 Sep 2015 5:51 a.m. PST

Surely everybody knows that Yorkshire folk are superior to mere Englishmen?

KTravlos26 Sep 2015 6:28 a.m. PST

Good stuff. My own preference is Grand Taxtical (running it for Altar of Freedom) so its nice to see how people go at it at other levels of command.

And yes its not a small battle( close to 80000 total troops committed) , and the largest infantry charge in the 19th in the 1816-1914 era I believe.

vtsaogames26 Sep 2015 10:57 a.m. PST

Looks excellent, thanks for the OB and scenario. The Rebs seem short of troops. Where is Hood? His brigade is the one that broke the Union line, I recall.

yarkshire gamer26 Sep 2015 11:46 a.m. PST


That's because its part 1 ! We are only upto 3pm, don't worry Hood will turn up, due at 4.30.

Full orbats as they arrive

Regards, Ken

vtsaogames26 Sep 2015 12:23 p.m. PST

Ah, thank you. Please do post the next installment here. I'm looking forward to it.

The Wargames Room26 Sep 2015 6:47 p.m. PST

I've just returned from a visit to several Civil War battlefields, including Gaines' Mill. You may find a few of my photos of interest.


vtsaogames26 Sep 2015 8:07 p.m. PST

Great photos!

yarkshire gamer27 Sep 2015 4:07 a.m. PST

Cheers to The Wargames Room for the photos, it shows how dense the woods are in places. My Wyatt house is pretty close, by pure coincidence too.

Regards, Ken

The Wargames Room27 Sep 2015 12:08 p.m. PST

Hi Ken,

I'm pleased you found the photos of interest.

I would suggest that today the woods are more dense than they were in 1862, based on my interpretations of the National Park Centre signs. The Confederate artillery was able to fire through in places. That said the area was apparently about the same size, which was reasonable, but not significant. I couldn't get to the Union side of the creek the morning I visited.

The slope down to the creek was steep, a little less so where the Texan came across.

A very enjoyable battlefield to visit, if only a part is preserved.

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