Free scenario – Battle of Roanoke

The Battle of Roanoke (or Fort Huger) was fought in Dare County, North Carolina, on February 7 and 8, 1862 as part of Ambrose Burnside’s North Carolina Expedition. Burnside led some 7,500 Federals against Brig. Gen. Henry A. Wise’s 3,000 Rebels. By sundown on the 8th, 50 men were dead, 276 wounded, and 75 missing between the two forces. Nearly 2,500 Confederates were now prisoners-of-war, and the island was in Union hands.

National Park Service Battle Description: On February 7, Brig. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside landed 7,500 men on the southwestern side of Roanoke Island in an amphibious operation launched from Fort Monroe. The next morning, supported by gunboats, the Federals assaulted the Confederate forts on the narrow waist of the island, driving back and out-maneuvering Brig. Gen. Henry Wise’s outnumbered command. After losing less than 100 men, the Confederate commander on the field, Col. H.M. Shaw, surrendered about 2,500 soldiers and 32 guns. Burnside had secured an important outpost on the Atlantic Coast, tightening the blockade.

Here is a little scenario I wrote some time ago, but never had the chance to playtest. Feel free to give it a go, and post comments. I will tweak and refine the scenario based upon Charge readers’ inputs. Thanks!



Categories: Civil War wargaming, Johnny Reb 3 | 1 Comment

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One thought on “Free scenario – Battle of Roanoke

  1. Dave Thomas

    I like the scenario but I’m having trouble with the map.
    I was wondering if there was a version of it on PDF or some other Image file
    if this is possible could someone let me know the link or if someone has it email it to me at

    thank you for any and all help in this matter

    Dave Thomas

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