Posts Tagged With: Johnny Reb

“The character of the country was very rough, uneven, and heavily wooded.”


Hundreds of model trees are needed to recreate the Battle of the Wilderness, parts of the Siege of Atlanta, parts of Chickamauga, Shiloh, and other prominent Civil War battles.

Background post: Creating cheap model trees for your gaming table.

The various battles and engagements of the American Civil War offer a rich diversity of options for the miniature wargamer, from the broad prairies in the Trans-Mississippi Theater to the open, rolling farmland of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Several battlefields were thickly wooded, and for the budget challenged wargamer, present a unique challenge — how to cover a 4’x6′ (or larger) table space with sufficient trees to convey the visual impression of a dense forest.

During the Atlanta Campaign in July 1864, the commander of the 33rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Captain T. A. Minshall, bemoaned his regiment’s route to battle. “The character of the country was very rough, uneven, and heavily wooded.” A couple weeks later, on August 5, he described an attack near Utoy Creek, “The enemy was driven about three-quarters of a mile through a thick wood of timber and underbrush, where we came upon him in his works, quietly waiting our attack.” (Quotes taken from the Official Records, Volume XXXVIII, Part 1, Pages 548 and 552.)

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Some more pix of the Battle of Mingus Mills in 15mm


The peaceful pastoral setting of the historic village of Mingus Mills will soon be shattered by the devastation of the hand of war, as ten of thousands of armed troops will contest these verdant, fertile fields. Crops will be ruined, fences will be destroyed, livestock taken, houses occupied, and the citizens imperiled. 

The real village of Menges Mills (original German spelling) is less than a mile from my office in southern York County, Pennsylvania). When we moved here in 2001, we were stunned to find that our mythical wargaming setting was similar in name to a real location.

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Larry Morris’s JR3 Historicon playtest – Lauffer’s Crossroads

Wow, do those hills look foreboding! Instead of the Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Meade should send in the U.S. Army Rangers to scale the heights. (click on each photo to enlarge it!)

Fellow Pennsylvania wargamer Larry Morris was kind enough to send me several photographs of a playtest he, Jeff Corbin, and some buddies ran in preparation for their recent Johnny Reb 3 game they ran at Historicon 2008. Larry has become of the leading JR gamemasters in the state, and his games are always fun and interesting. I unfortunately had to miss his game (and most others) this year as Historicon conflicted with a trip to Ohio, a speaking engagement at the Chambersburg Civil War seminar, and other events (I was triple booked that weekend).

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Charge #19 mailed to JRGS members!

Photograph by Thomas M. Mingus of York, PA. Copyright 2007. All rights reserved.

Issue #19, as with all previous issues of the hard copy Charge! Civil War newsletter, has been mailed on-time and should arrive in your various mailboxes within the next few days. Debi and I are winding up our fifth year of publication of this “fanzine,” which has become the most popular Civil War-only miniature wargaming publication in current print. We thank you, the readership, for your support all these years, especially when I was thinking of stopping the effort, and with renewed energy and passion, we look forward to the 6th year!

This issue begins with a revealing interview with gamemaster and Charles S. Roberts Award winner John Hill, whose authorship of the Johnny Reb rules have provided so many hours of entertainment (and a little controversy at times!) for thousands of ACW buffs and wargamers around the world. We present three original ACW 15mm scenarios that are convertable for other rules sets such as Regimental Fire & Fury, Mr. Lincoln’s War, Johnny Reb 2, Civil War Commander, A Glint of Bayonets, and others. These scenarios are for the battles of Cloyd’s Mountain (in the early campaign for what became the new state of West Virginia), Ezra Church (in the Western Theater’s Atlanta Campaign), and Peralta (way out west in the Southwest). Three widely different scenarios from three widely different campaigns!!!

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An excellent evening!

I was invited to join a couple of Johnny Reb 2 wargamers from Louisiana for an evening of conversation and dinner at the Pub & Restaurant on the square in downtown Gettysburg, a short drive from my home in the adjacent county. It was a delightful evening, spent eating outstanding food and discussing the merits of JR2 versus JR3 and the changes in field artillery strength and realism, as well as the other nuances of the two gaming systems. I shared a few anecdotes from my manuscript, A Spirit of Daring: The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign, which has been submitted from publication, and we briefly toured the Day 1 fields where the Tigers advanced with Col. I. E. Avery’s Tar Heels toward the Eleventh Corps.

One thing I love about meeting wargamers from around the world is learning how they got into a love for ACW history and for wargaming / toy soldiers. These two new friends got their start with Airfix 1/72 scale plastic figures. I started with 54mm Marx figures and got really hooked on 20mm K+L / Thomas metal figures when I was in college at Miami of Ohio. One of the Louisiana wargamers is a direct descendant of George Ellsworth, the famed telegrapher for John Hunt Morgan during Morgan’s Raid of 1863. Ironically, the remnants of Morgan’s Raiders passed through the area where I grew up (Muskingum County, Ohio) as they crossed the Muskingum River desperately trying to evade Union pursuit and to find a way to turn south to West Virginia and presumed safety. Continue reading

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FREE scenarios that are adaptible to JR3!

GHQ graciously allowed me a few years ago to reproduce their “Heth Bar” scenario for the Battle of Gettysburg in an early issue of Charge! Now, they have recently updated their website with more than a dozen free regimental-level ACW scenarios. Most can be readily adapted or modified for use with Johnny Reb 3.

Have a look!

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Charge sequence in Johnny Reb 3

officer.jpgThis past weekend, I had the privilege of hosting a JR3 game at Patriot Point on Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg. During the wargame (which was of Cemetery Hill), I had a chance to chat with fellow gamer Bob Johnson regarding the rules and sequence for conducting and resolving charges in Johnny Reb 3.  In a specific instance, one regiment of the Louisiana Tigers, supported by 3 other regiments, charged a portion of Ames’ Brigade along hasty works on the northern slope of Cemetery Hill. The Tigers were hit at normal range with musketry, inflicting 3 casualties on a 4-figure stand. The Rebs passed their check, came storming in, easily won the dice down for impact, and the Yankees rolled a 10 and routed off the position. My colleague’s opinion was that there should be more of a modifier for losses on an incoming regiment. In this case, losing 20% of the regiment as it came in was not enough of a deterrent to stymie the attack, and the chargers swept that portion of the hill (they were repulsed a couple of turns later and the Yankees won the game).

 The question got me thinking about how fickle and die-roll oriented the charge sequence is. It is perhaps as good as it can get (although I do like P.J. O’Neill’s differential table). What is your opinion on the charge sequence? So many folks who don’t like JR3 point specifically to the cumbersome charge system as the major drawback of the rules system. Your thoughts?

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