Some of the lads got together for a wee bash using our 15mm American Civil War figures. This battle was loosely based on the Battle of Elkhorn Tavern. The terrain and the objectives were much the same as per the Regimental Fire and Fury scenario book, but the flags are all wrong.
On the Union left flank the battle began with the Union up hill from the advancing Confederates.
At the base of the hill the Union were behind some hasty breastworks made by piling up logs taken from the woods that cover most of the battlefield.
The Rebels pushed up the hill from the start. It was slow going for the Confederates with the rising ground, trees everywhere and Union fire all making life difficult.
At the centre of the Union lines the Rebels pressed their attack.
Several charges were put in but were beaten back each time.
On the hill it was the same story. The Rebels charged all along their line .
Most of the charges pushed the Union back, slowly, but not all found success.
After several hours the Union still held the breastworks and the tavern.
The confederates poured on the pressure from both sides and from out in front on the Union troops at the tavern.
Finally a bit of a breakthrough and the Union were going back.
The Confederates piled on the pressure in the centre.
And were rewarded with gaining the breastworks. Time was running out however, Union reinforcements were on their way.
Lots of casualties to both sides on the hill resulted in something of a stalemate with both sides deciding to shoot it out. The real efforts were going on down near the tavern.
The Confederates repeatedly charged the centre pushing the Union back.
Rebel superior numbers were starting to tell. The Union line was at breaking point.
Union reinforcements could be seen marching up the roads. Desperately the Confederates threw all they could at the Union troops to try and scatter them before the reinforcements arrived.
But it was all too late. The Union troops held firm. With their final charges repulsed the Confederates were forced to withdraw. Close though!