February 20 wargame – Battle of Pipe Creek

(Click on each photo to enlarge them to better view the details)

Eight gamers from south-central Pennsylvania met in Harrisburg on Saturday afternoon, February 20, 2010, at the gaming room of the Department of the Susquehanna wargaming club. I hosted at 15mm miniature wargame based upon a scenario I wrote for CHARGE! Issue #26. It is a hypothetical games based upon General George G. Meade’s planned Pipe Creek Line in the Gettysburg Campaign. I used period maps from Carroll County, Maryland as well as the Army of the Potomac’s known movements in the region and Meade’s circular that directed his troops to form along Pipe Creek.

Here are some more photos from the game, which was won by Abner Doubleday’s I Corps.

Looking east toward the Taneytown Road and Pipe Creek.

Pettigrew’s North Carolina brigade marches toward the distant line of Cutler’s Brigade at Copperville, Maryland. They are screened by a regimental skirmish line. Unusually accurate Union artillery fire and small arms fire would break up much of the attack, and a couple of charges failed to dislodge the 14th Brooklyn from the stone wall (foreground).

The Iron Brigade defends the Union center against Joseph R. Davis’s huge, but green Mississippi brigade. Extremely good die-rolling by the Yankees, coupled with some disastrous morale checks (can you say “snake eyes”?) by the Rebel player doomed the nephew of President Jefferson Davis and his men. Their attack went nowhere.

Davis’s Mississippians in the moments before their attack went haywire thanks to poor die-rolling and a wonderful bit of artillery fire from Hall’s Battery.

Some of the gamers contemplate their opening moves as water rations become the main objective. Host Michael Bell also had soda pop and chips and snacks (seen in the rear) so a good time was had by all.

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2 thoughts on “February 20 wargame – Battle of Pipe Creek

  1. Joe LePard

    Scott,

    How long does it take you to setup a table as this?

  2. Hello Joe! That particular table takes a little more than an hour to set up.

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