Ivor Janci is busy digitally printing Brothers Divided, our new book with a dozen new original scenarios for Brother Against Brother and similar skirmish-level wargaming rules. The next step will be to print the covers on a commercial offset printing press and send the text pages and the cover to the bindery. This should all be done in a couple of months! Included in the scenario book is a scenario for the June 27, 1863, Skirmish at Hanover Junction.
I took the above photograph at Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania, on December 13 at 10:15 a.m., looking south at what in 1863 was the John Scott Hotel, which served as an de facto HQ for the 20th Pennsylvania Militia (well, it was the local tavern / bar, and the Federal officers liked to hang out there in the days before the skirmish). This is one of the buildings needed to play this fun and interesting scenario, in which the Virginia cavalry must chase off Pennsylvania militia and then sack and burn various buildings in the junction area.
President Abraham Lincoln stopped at Hanover Junction on November 18, 1863, a little more than four months after the Confederate cavalry raided the place and burned nearly everything except the depot and hotel. Lincoln changed trains here as he headed westward to Gettysburg to deliver the Gettysburg Address. This photo faces east, with the 3-story Hanover Junction depot shown in the background. It housed one of the key telegraph relay stations the army used during the Battle of Gettysburg to get messages to Washington, D.C.
An old photo of an official delegation of dignitaries pausing at Hanover Junction on November 18, 1863, while waiting to head west to Gettysburg. Some scholars have claimed Abe Lincoln is the man in the top hat just right of the train, but most now think this is not him, but perhaps a member of Governor Andrew G. Curtin’s traveling party. My understanding is Lincoln’s train from Baltimore arrived later in the day. A giant blow-up of this photograph is inside the restored depot building, which is now a museum that is open seasonally. The tracks on the right go from Baltimore to York and on to Harrisburg and Philly; the ones to the left head to Gettysburg and in 1863 terminated at the downtown train station on Carlisle Street.
The battlefield at Hanover Junction is in great condition and unspoiled, unlike other Civil War sites here in York County, Pennsylvania (for example, the nearby much more significant battlefield at Hanover is totally gone). This view is taken looking west at the depot and hotel from the right flank of the Union skirmish line. Two companies of the 20th PVM were routed by the “whooping, hollering” Rebel horsemen, White’s Comanches, who then had fun burning the railroad bridge, turntable, storage buildings, and some rolling stock before heading to their campsite.
A future Johnny Reb III wargamer and current big-time Lincoln fan poses by his favorite Civil War personality.
Watch for Brothers Divided and try out this scenario for yourself!