Robbie and John were here yesterday to play this game, the second in my fictional mini-campaign set in the Durham Valley in 1862.
Due to a complete technological cock up on my part I had accidentally sent Paul a cancellation email on Outlook, so Major General Thompson van Paulus did not take command, as a 'staff error' had led to him being called away before the battle. That left Robbie to re-assume his seriously wounded character from last week so the Confederates were led from his stretcher by Lieutenant-General Roddis "Peeler" Robbie, late of Her Majesty's Metropolitan Police and the South African Constabulary.
So, the Confederates deployed the bulk of their forces, 3 strong brigades of infantry, along their old positions on the Stanhope Turnpike, anchored to the south by Stanhope Tavern and the north by the thickly-wooded Scutterhill Mountains. Their cavalry and their reserve, a militia brigade, were en route and would arrive during the game.
The Union forces, now commanded by Major General "Bloody John" O'Reidy after my persona was removed from command following last week's debacle, would begin their attack off table, entering along a randomly determined location on a dice roll of 1-4. On a 5 or 6 John could chose where they entered.
As (bad) luck would have it, two of my brigades, including the tough Iron Brigade, were to enter through the wooded slopes of the Scutterhill Mountains. The former found themselves trying to force their way through thick woods and were delayed significantly before they were able to get into action. (Actually, I got their deployment mixed up with the other brigade, which didn't help!).
John's plan was to attack on the left (me) and the right (The Irish brigade supported by the cavalry and reserve artillery battalion) while we demonstrated in the centre with two further brigades including one of unreliable troops. Well, yet again we were to see another plan that didn't survive contact with the enemy.........or of me attempting to follow it!)
Robbie launched his Texas brigade in all all out attack on our left, and also raced across the open ground in the centre assaulted my brigade while we were deploying. The Confederates also pushed forward to occupy the Apple Orchard and even left the security of the sunken road to take the battle to the Union army in the centre and catch us somewhat on the back foot!