Advance skirmishers from the 6th U.S. Cavalry await the expected approach of enemy troopers off to the east. “Grumble” Jones’ Rebel horsemen have dismounted and are slowly working their way toward the Federal position. They will need to cross a muddy plowed field while under the carbine fire from the blue-bellies, whose mission is to slow the Laurel Brigade as long as possible to allow time for the rest of Wesley Merritt’s Regular Brigade to arrive on the scene and deploy.
The Yankees are behind a fenceline encasing a hillside wheatfield somewhere in Northern Virginia. It has been a long, miserable day with intermittent drizzle and mist. However, the veterans are on the alert, for they know trouble looms as the morning wears on.
Middle-aged Virginia farmer Daniel Q. Llewellyn will have plenty to gripe about in the days to come, as his wheat will surely be trampled by the advancing Rebels after the Yankee advance contingent withdraws to the main Union battle line. It has not been a good year for Llewellyn; his oldest son was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg and his youngest just signed up for Mosby’s Rangers and has gone off to be a partisan.
The Rebels are in sight! Nervously the men finger the triggers and sight their carbines, resting the barrels on the old hickory fence rails. Daniel Llewellyn tonight will have another task – burying dead soldiers and horses in his once lush wheatfield.
Model 15mm fences by Musket Miniatures. Figures painted by Scott Mingus and are a mixture of various makes and poses. Muddy plowed field by Miniature World Maker. Deciduous trees are clump foliage glued to roofing nails inserted through plastic base stocks. Wheatfield is fake teddy bear fur from JoAnne Fabrics in York PA.