Chicago-area businessman and talented graphic designer Ivor Janci is a long-time friend of mine who has collaborated with me on four popular (and sold out) scenario books for Gettysburg and Antietam. He recently ran a wargame using Larry Reber’s EZ-play Gettysburg Soldiers rules system. Gamer Tim O’Leary took a series of photographs of the game, which he and Ivor graciously gave me permission to reproduce on the Johnny Reb Gaming Society’s Charge! blog.
The above photograph shows an overall view of the 8′ x 6′ table with the Union initial positions denoted by the camps with tents. Three of the four Confederate brigades will be coming onto the table at the far end (the south end). Each of the 4 camps represents one brigade of Yankees going about their morning chores. Barely perceptible in the distance are emplacements with Union cannon facing east where the Union command thought that the Rebels would have attacked. The battle is on!
Photos by: Tim O’Leary
Regiments from the Confederate brigade commanded by Rocco Marchese are advancing from the south. To Marchese’s left and right (off-camera) are the brigades of Paul Koenig and Tim O’Leary respectively. Many of the regiments in this game were large, around 400–600 men (50 men = 1 stand of figurines), which made it slow to maneuver through the wood lots and over the fences. Here Rocco has placed a couple of his regiments in double-line. Off in the distance are some of the Union infantry and a 6-gun battery from the advance camp of General John Brust that have deployed to stop the Rebels.
Closeup of a couple of Rebel regiments, under Rebel General Koenig, deployed in a crop field. Casualties from General Brust’s brigade, dot the battlefield from earlier exchanges of musketry. In the lower right can be seen the LA Tigers in their colorful Zouave uniforms.
More of General Marchese’s Rebels advancing. General O’Leary’s gray-clad brigade is just below, off-camera. White smoke represents the firefights that some of the advance Yankees and Rebels are involved in.
News of the Rebel attack reaches Union General Michael Koenig (son of Confederate General Paul Koenig) who puts his brigade into motion. One can spy the green-coated sharpshooters between Hawkin’s 9NY Zouaves and a battery of Napoleons. All but abandoning their southward position, Koenig’s men move towards the Rebels. In the distant upper right can be seen the lead regiment (114 PA Zouaves) of the 4th brigade under the command of Union General Bernard Bajack (veteran of the Austro-Hungarian army).
To be continued in a future blog post…