Date: April 17, 2010.
We played a massive 54mm ACW battle on the occasion of the Red Baron Convention in Gent, 4th April 2010.
On the Confederate side, there were 260 figures in 24 units of between 8 to 11 figures per unit. The Federals had 280 figures in 25 units of between 8 to 11 figures per unit On each side the figures were fielded over 5 brigades in two divisions, each brigade having 1 battery. All figures are from and painted by Piet Lambrecht, who could not be present at the convention.
The scenario was : 2 southern brigades (2nd division) defending a harbour with factory, having fieldworks. The first division deployed on the left side, making a counter offensive, the 2nd brigade, coming up later on over the bridge. The northern troops had to take the city, encountering the unexpected southern counter strike.
Deployment: On the left, Ronny with 1 brig., then ship and scenery builder Gilbert with the 2nd brig, then his son Erwin, then Steven with the Iron brigade flanked by Siegfried with the zouaves brigade. Confederate side : left Adrien with the 3th brigade, then Patrick and Geert with the 1st, Alex coming up with the 2nd. In the fieldworks, our youngster Mark with the 5th, and I on the right with the 4th brigade.
I expected a Confederate victory as the fieldworks would prove very difficult to take, even with 3 brigades against 2 defending. On the right, they would themselves be outnumbered. A major factor that on the Southern side, the players of 1st division were very interest by the presence of traders and the other tables of the convention, therefore often being absent, replacing one another, resulting in uncoordinated moves. Adrien took the offensive as the Confederates had charge bonus. Patrick did split his brigade , taking with 2 units the farm in the centre of the field, but facing utterly outnumbered the strong Iron brigade. He did send the other part towards the city as he thought it would be overrun quickly, which was certainly not the case. Geert took over, redirecting the units towards the front, but by now the other part of the brigade was already destroyed. Adrien's offensive failed, resulting into his brigade melting away. 2nd brigade came up took up the Iron brigade alone, resulting in heavy loses, 1 division only able to take defensive positions.
On the other side of the table Gilbert assisted his son Erwin with the assault on the central hill, and part of the fieldworks besides the hill. Ronny attacked my positions along the whole line. The hill on the far right, without woods was the weak point of my defensive line, so I had to redirect rather early my reserve unit towards it, lost the crest but retook it very easily. Ronny's assault on the battery redoubt failed completely, losing two units in the process. By noon, he had lost 3 full units, the 4th being halved. Gilbert redirected his reserves to support Ronny.
On Central Hill, Erwin and Gilbert pushed the Mark backwards, but with his reserves was able to repulse them with ease, as Gilbert's reserves were committed elsewhere, the Federals were unable to follow up their initial success. Gilberts reserves now in front of the artillery redoubt also underwent the same fate as Ronny's units, being destroyed trying to break into the defensive lines. But I had lost by now 2 units, one being halved, and lost my brigade commander, Ronny brought up a cavalry unit, but it did not participate any more as the fighting died out.
Conclusion : The Confederates failed to defeat the Federals, so this was a Condederate defeat. Seen the troops remaining, the Confederates had no other option then to use the cover of night to abandon the city, as a renewed assault by the relative fresh 2nd Federal division could not be countered with sufficient troops.
In the harbor
3rd failed assault
Redoubt of the 4th and 5th Con. Brigade
Exhausted 2nd brigade slowly driven back by the 4th US Iron Brigade
Battery of the 5th Brigade in the 2nd redoubt
5 Brigade driven back by the 2nd and 3rd US brigade
Last regiment of the 1st Conf. Brigade forming defensive line
Late arriving 2nd Conf. Brigade launches an assault along the road
Assault on the central hill by the 2nd and 3rd US Brigade
4th Brigade taking position
Part of the 5th Conf. Brigade taking position on the central hill
3rd Conf. Brigade taking the offensive
Battery of the 1st Brigade and behind the 2nd redoubt defended by 5th Conf. Brigade
Advanced line of the 1st Conf. Brigade
Part of the 1st Conf. Brigade moving away weaking the front line.
Many thanks to Mr. Donvil.
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