15mm East Cemetery Hill Johnny Reb 3 game

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Here is a scene from one of my Johnny Reb 3 wargames of the Battle of Gettysburg. The photograph shows some of the Union artillery batteries on the crest of Cemetery Hill on July 2, 1863. The actual military action is described in detail in my manuscript on the Louisiana Tigers’ attack on the Union XI Corps line just to the upper left of this vista. The cemetery headstones were carved from balsa wood. The gatehouse model was painted by Doug Kline of Battlefield Terrain Concepts and is typical of his excellent work.

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Another view of the strong artillery positions that crowned Cemetery Hill in the miniature wargame, and represent batteries that were present during the Confederate late afternoon artillery bombardment from Benner’s Hill that preceded the evening attack by two of Jubal Early’s veteran brigades.

Research in the past few years by Brian Kennell, the current superintendent of the Evergreen Cemetery suggests that the bricks of the gatehouse were painted maroon at the time of the battle. Flecks of this paint have been uncovered by Brian and are still extant on some bricks despite years of sand blasting and other cleaning efforts. What is interesting to me is his interpretation of the color of the friezes and decorative woodwork. He believes they were chocolate brown, and period photographs appear lighter due to lighting conditions. This has misled artists and illustrators to paint the woodwork brown. See Brian’s depiction here.

Brian has an interesting book on the gatehouse and cemetery that is a fascinating read.

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