Wednesday, 2 April 2014

[A Bloody Affair] The battle of Crescent fields - May 1862

To Mj General Mc Clellan

Sir,
Following your plan of advance towards Richmond, probing our right flank, I managed to advance to a place called Crescent Fields. There I encountered a delaying Confederate force under Brg Leigh Eswell, waiting for me. He had a small battery deployed on hill, covering his center, while the 6th Alabama was guarding his left flank.

It appeared he wanted to repeat the Austerlitz plan by attacking strongly on his right, with the veterans of the 6th Louisiana and the 5th Alabama, supported by the 5th SCarolina and the Jenifer's squadron.

His position was strong, covered by lots of cornfields which covered his approach. I mirrored his deployment, sending my superior artillery in a hill in my center. The veterans of the 14th Brooklyn would advance on my right, while the regulars would held the center. The 15th Wisconsin, 27th NY and the regular cavalry would screen his right, ready to take action should the need arise.

My superior artillery, including our new rifled guns, managed to silence the opposing artillery, meaning I could then support my infantry with deadly fire.

Even though we got some local trouble, especially because of false informations from the local, I will insist on the remarquable fighting capabilities of our troups, who managed to use to great efficiency the skirmishing tactics I taught them thanks to my experience during the Indian wars.

The Confederates under heavy pressure charged twice, but were repulsed, and we achieved a crushing victory with a devastating charge when the time was right. This brigade has now been spotted routing towards the west, and we are in pursuit.

Your devoted

Col J. M.C. Lane

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Indeed it was a great victory for the Union. So far, 1862 is a good year for us, with three victories in a row. But remember, all that matters is honour! My scout skill was very useful, because each turn, one of my units could skirmish further than Leigh's units, so even if it's less effective, it can be deadly if sustained for too long. And my Rifled guns managed to destroy one gun section, forcing Leigh to move his battery behind his hill's ridge. I could then move my artillery to canister range, to great effect. I lost 5 bases, but the after battle gave me back three of them.

Now for the pics

Initial deployment. Confederates on the left

THey seem ready to attack

Oh yes, they're eager all right

their artillery is on the hill

Yup, black troups. They need some colour

My units, ready to move: 27th NY, then 15th Missouri and the regulars

The regulars, supported by my artillery, ready to move forward

And we advanced, confident

The cavalry attempt a flanking manoeuver

THey're in the cornfields


I am now fully deployed in line, using cover and skirmish fire to great efficiency

The Confederates are forced to attack



Fire at will men!

Ouch, this is going to hurt a bit


The blurry charge



Confederates' only success: the 15th Wisconsin has been repulsed

But everywhere else, it's an other matter ;)




My shooting has proven decisive


Hey! where has the 5th SCarolina gone?

Where is the cavalry?


10 comments:

  1. Hola buen campo de batallas,
    Se nota que os gusta pasar un buen rato
    Un saludo

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  2. A good game for you and a great Bat Rep

    Ian

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  3. Très chouette affrontement Seb!

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  4. Great battle report Seb - sounds like you are really enjoying the Longstreet rules!
    Gotta get those cavalry painted! :)

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    1. Oh yeah, I love them. But I sure need to paint them indeed.

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