“Give me a brigade, and I will take that hill. Give me a regiment, and I will take that hill!” Fantasy words from fiction, attributed to Ike Trimble as he vents his frustration to Dick Ewell about not being allowed to launch an early evening assault on Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. Shaara’s words are dramatic, and the acting in the movie Gettysburg crisp and compelling in this segment, but it’s all make-believe. True, there were a number of leading generals who openly (and privately) disagreed with Ewell’s assessment of the tactical situation and clamored for an attack. However, the outcome was far from certain, as there were a lot of Yankees in the area and in reserve.
Now, you can try your hand at this mythical attack! Come to Gettysburg from November 9 through the 11th for the annual FALL-IN! miniature wargaming convention, one of the largest gatherings of wargamers in the country. Held at the Eisenhower Resort and the adjacent All-Star Sports Complex just south of Gettysburg on the Emmitsburg Road, this convention has a faithful following of some of the country’s best gamemasters, with excellent miniature terrain and soldiers.
I am hosting the game of Trimble’s Assault at 9 a.m. on Friday, November 9 using the popular Johnny Reb 3 rules set. Stop by and watch for a while! Free admission to the nongaming community, so take some time to come out and get a first-hand look at the visually appealling hobby of miniature wargaming.