Blue and gray clashing in Umeå

This week a series of American Civil War battles  took place at Tim's place. On Monday André and Tim's confederates fought Erik's and Peters Union forces in a total of 3 battles. The last one only between Erik and Tim. Today Anders, Peter and Tim got together again for some ACW gaming. The rules used for this was "Black Powder". Below you can see some pictures taken of the fighting.

In the first game the church played the role as objective. Here You can see Peters Brigades holding the stonewall surrounding it.

The Union forces, slightly outnumbered by the confederates in infantry and Artillery and without cavalry support was the defensive part in this battle. Here you can see them occupying the area around the church and the hill. In the background C.S.A General André is plotting the destruction of the same men. For bigger pictures see these:

The mighty force of Confederates lead by Tim and André. Closest in the picture; Tims rebs.

Att first the advancement of the southern force was slowed down by some bad dicetrowing and a blunder. In the first turn the artillery on both sides did little damage.

Under the 2nd turn,  the front unit of one of Tim's Battalions clashes with Erik's troops spearheaded by the 14th New York. Counter fire and artillery does nothing to hinder the greys advance.  The first close combat takes place and Union prevails. The northerners cheer after they manage to fend off the first enemies, but the bloodbath has just begun.

On the other flank, Andrés Confederate Stonewall Brigade, slowed down by canons, a blunder ant whatnot, start to getting closer to Peters troops. They are in a strong defensive position. Her you can see the Virginians going over the hillcrest at the sound of their drums. Peters guns starts hammering in to the aproching enemy, soon the shatter of musket fire will fill the air with smoke.




As the Confederates start to getting up more of their troops to the battleline the fights intensifies. Erik's canons fends off a charge of Tim's cavalry, this makes his infantry free from artillery fire while approaching Erik's line.
Erik mange to destroy one of Tims units with his infantery.

Tim, finishing of the extreme left of the Union line.

In the forth turn things start to swing around in favour of the south. Tim destroys Erik's New Yorkers and breaks one of his Brigades, leaving one unit stranded and defenceless at the edge of the battlefield. Erik's other Brigade takes up a desperate fight against Tim's onslaught. Tim's tactic with the cavalry screening the infantry has worked well.

André and Peter

In the fifth turn Andrés attack columns are beaten off and Peter holds the ground. Tim destroys another of Erik's units and in the Unions turn, Peter destroys Andrés Cavalry. Peter seems to have controle but In the following turns the southerners keep attacking and making great damage. Peter also destroys one of Tim's already battered units from the flank.

Andrés attackcolums engage Peters brigade.

Hard fighting on the Union extreme right flank.

The battle ends with Confederate victory and the army of the Potomac is defeated.

We are new to the" Black Powder " rules and some and somewhat stuck in the concepts of FoW, WAB and such alike, so there was as expected difficulties. However we learned a lot and we start to get the BP-idea. Two more battles were fought this day but the memory on the camera was full.


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