Date: September 24, 2009.
We did play a ACW battle recently. Some pics and report in annex.
With our 54mm club, we played an ACW battle using my modified Napoleonic wargame rule. Changes were for instance, stronger artillery on the union side, cavalry able to dismount and having tremendous firepower on short range(while dismounted), Union infantry having bigger units but the smaller Confederate units being veteran and having a charge bonus (Unions not). We used the fantastically painted figures of Piet Lembrecht, with of course a number of Hät zouaves.
From left to right on the Confederate side of the table was Patrick, me and Steven. On the Union side van right to left were Ronny, Piet and Siegfried. Patrick had created a victory points system based on capturing and holding terrain features. I'm not a strong supporter of such a system as I find it more important defeating the enemy force. Victory points combining losses and control of certain points .
Patrick took the offensive an stormed the village, and a hill marked with points. Siegfried (Patrick's son) on his turn also stormed the village resulting in both capturing one building and heavy losses on both sides, and by the end of the game, Siegfried, having still some reserves, taking the upper hand. On the confederate right Steven took a defensive position for keeping the bridge. His opponent Ronny also took defensive positions to defend a hill, resulting in limited fighting on that side. In the centre both me and Piet went for it, but he fought to capture the victory points, I wanted to destroy his force.
With my units in battle column I destroyed 3 of Piet's units and part of his battery in exchange of 2 of my units, but one of Piet's units had broken trough in the centre taking a hill with many VP's. I had taken position with my dismounted cavalry on the wrong hill (stupid isn't it).
Piet's dismounted cavalry in the meanwhile had destroyed Steven's unit on the bridge, so Piet also took VP's there and it was time to stop. That way, it was a clear Union victory.
Many thanks to Mr. Donvil.
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