Posts Tagged With: Antietam

Combining Undying Courage scenarios into one large ADF table!

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Years ago I wrote the text for a very popular wargaming scenario book, Undying Courage: Antietam in Miniature, which has unfortunately been long out of print. Long-time Johnny Reb wargamer Jerry Merrell has taken several of my scenario maps (drawn by graphic artist/publisher Ivor Janci of Wheaton, Illinois) and combined them into one large tabletop layout of Antietam for a heavily modified version of the late John Hill’s Across a Deadly Field rules. Check out his layout above! Impressive!

Jerry writes, “I photocopied the maps from each Antietam scenario & pieced them together (resizing where necessary) to create the mosaic shown. A few compromises were made, but not many & none where significant fighting was anticipated. We’ll be using traditional 4 stand JRIII regiments with simplified ADF rules. 15 players
with a total of about 600 stands. Hope you enjoy seeing that you work endures.”

Here are a few photographs Jerry sent to me…

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Massive Johnny Reb III game to be held in Belgium

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For those of you readers in Europe (or with enough funds and time to fly over from the states), the Tin Soldiers of Antwerp invites the public to its 2nd American Civil War weekend to be held May 30 through June 1, 2009. The club will host a massive Johnny Reb III event based upon the September 1862 Battle of Antietam (a.k.a. Sharpsburg – the subject of my Undying Courage: Antietam in Miniature wargaming scenario book). The gaming will last for almost three full days (details will be provided upon registration). The gaming layout will be a whopping 18 feet by 12 feet, using 28mm figures and accessories.

The best news??? The price of admission and playing in what promises to be Europe’s largest JR3 event is nothing. That’s right – free! Simply get to the Tin Soldiers of Antwerp’s clubhouse in Belgium, knock on the door, smile, and warm up your dice.

For information or directions, contact Andre van Gils of the club at andre.van.gils@telenet.be

I’m jealous! I’d love to see this layout in person, but I will settle for photos I am asking Patrick Roovers to share with us after the game.

For pix of last year’s mega Gettysburg game, please CLICK HERE.

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Shepherdstown: Last Clash of the Antietam Campaign

I had a book signing earlier today at the Gettysburg Gift Center / American Civil War Museum in Gettysburg as part of the 145th Anniversary commemorations. I shared a table with author Thomas A. McGrath, a college professor who has written a book on the Battle of Shepherdstown.  Civil War miniature wargamers will recognize this battle as one that appeared as a Johnny Reb 3 scenario in my book, Undying Courage: The Antietam Campaign in Miniature. Shepherdstown is among the most threatened ACW battlefields, and preservationists were recently dealt a severe blow by the West Virginia Supreme Court.

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Civil War gaming in Ireland!!

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On the third day, the Union takes the offensive – Slocum’s Corps advances past the Wheatfield.

As we approach the 145th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg this upcoming week, there are a myriad of activities planned for the Gettysburg area, including two (not one as usual) different organized reenactments, book signings, concerts, talks, ceremonies, battle walks, period balls, etc. Unfortunately, there are no scheduled public wargames in Gettysburg to my knowledge. So, we have to be content with looking at wargames done by other folks, including these shots of a Gettysburg game from Donogh McCarthy from Dublin, Ireland – very appropriate because of the Irish Brigade’s heritage in the actual battle!

 
Something the real general didn’t try at Gettysburg – a miniature Alfred Pleasonton leads a saber charge at oncoming Rebels by the Gettysburg Railroad.
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A marvelous day at Antietam

The Dunker or Dunkard Church (photo by SLM)

Today, I took my two-year-old grandson and his uncle (my younger son) to the Antietam National Battlefield for the day. The weather was delightful – sunny and warm, and the comraderie outstanding. We were disappointed that our favorite fast food restaurant in the area was out of business (Fazoli’s in Hagerstown) and replaced by a Roy Rogers (which we hate). We ended up at Mickey D’s… quite a come down from Fazoli’s all-you-can-eat breadsticks!

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#1 Bestselling Antietam book on amazon.com!!!

A little self-promotion, if I may.

 

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Antietam book moves to #2!!!

Human Interest Stories from Antietam has moved into the #2 spot over the weekend on amazon.com’s listing of best-selling Antietam books. This is the highest this book has ever reached, and it is gratifying! Thanks to each of you who have purchased a copy so far!

If anyone still needs a copy, they are on for sale on amazon.com.

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More photos of my 15mm layout

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In a recent post, I shared a quintet of photographs of my 15mm South Mountain JR3 game. Several of you asked for more photos so you could take a crack at making your own mountain layout. The table in the photos was for two of my regimental-level scenarios that appeared in Undying Courage: Antietam in Miniature (the Fox’s Gap PM scenario and Turner’s Gap), both of which make for very interesting convention games.

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New Antietam book ready for pre-production orders!

General Lee, normally stoic and calm as battle loomed, allowed his emotions to betray him. As he was riding in the rear lines, he encountered a soldier surreptitiously toting a freshly killed pig. Enraged, Lee ordered the thief to be arrested. As an example to discourage other pilferers, he was to be escorted to Stonewall Jackson and shot for his wanton disobedience of Lee’s strict orders against foraging. Short of men already, Jackson soon commuted the execution sentence, and instead ordered the man to be sent straight to the front lines. He was to be placed in a position where the odds were highest he would be shot by the Yankees. The culprit fought well, survived the battle, and redeemed himself through his bravery under the scathing fire. He later became regarded as the man who had lost the pig, but “saved his bacon.”

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My latest book, Human Interest Stories from Antietam, will be in print in approximately three to four weeks. We just finished going through the proof copy, and it has been mailed back to the publisher with some last minute minor changes. Similar in style and format to the popular Human Interest Stories of the Gettysburg Campaign, this new book is 103 pages, softcover, and contains over 200 anecdotes, incidents, ironies, humorous situations, and unusual eyewitness accounts of the march into Maryland, the fights at South Mountain and Harper’s Ferry, the Battle of Antietam, and its aftermath. I spent 8 months poring over old regimental histories, diaries, letters, journals, newspaper accounts, and other files and records to cobble together what one reviewer has called “the best collection of Antietam stories yet.”

Here are two examples of these short and easy-to-read vignettes.

 

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Other animals weren’t as enthralled as the dogs with the sound and terror of battle. As Capt. James Dinkins and his comrades in the Eighteenth Mississippi advanced though the West Woods towards the distant Yankees, men were falling at every step as shells and shots pounded the earth and cut down the timber. A spotted cow rambled through the line, going to the Mississippians’ rear, desperately running like a race horse with her tail high in the air. A Federal artillery shell struck the ground a few feet in front of her and exploded, splattering dirt in all directions and leaving a large hole. The terrified bovine plunged in the hole, but soon scrambled out. Kit Gilmer of Company C hallooed, “Boys, she’s a Confederate cow; she’s going South!” ***

The new book is only $9.95 and autographed first edition copies are available for pre-order directly from the author. Contact Scott Mingus at scottmingus@yahoo.com for payment options and shipping. Act now, and save a buck on shipping and handling ($2.50 versus the standard $3.50).

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