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Petersburg is probably the most unappreciated game in the WDS Civil War collection. When it was first released it was overlooked by many, including me, and failed to generate much excitement. The game just doesn't have a "big" battle to hang its hat on. It is comprised of a ton of small to medium sized engagements over 1864 and 1865. But I am pleased to say that upon further inspection of the game that I found it to be one of the most playable and enjoyable games among them all!

 

CONTENT

29 Total Scenarios Recommended

   3 Rated "Excellent"

0 Scenario Guides to Explore

NOTE: ALL NUMBERS HERE REFLECT THE ACTIVE STRENGTHS OF THE ARMIES. THESE NUMBERS DO NOT INCLUDE PERMANENTLY FIXED UNITS.

12 Turns

003 - Jerusalem Plank II

My Rating: Good

1,783

0

1,683

100

4

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

1,844

790

854

200

8


Description - (What If) In this scenario, the Jerusalem Plank road is left undefended by the few remaining Confederates left to defend Petersburg.  Kautz's cavalry is sent to probe, and discovers this oversight.  Determined to capture Petersburg using lightning speed tactics, Kautz attacks the breastworks scattered in his front.  Soon, the Confederates see what is happening and every available man is sent to stop Kautz.  Will it be too little too late and Petersburg lost and with it Richmond?

Analysis - This is a lightning quick little scenario with two small forces battling it out. Just a minor little scenario to have some fun. 

 

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60 Turns

008 - Siege of Petersburg

My Rating: Good

116,870

105,845

2,500

8,525

341

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

67,683

57,998

1,560

8,125

325


Description - (What if)  Two days prior to the beginning of this sceanrio, General Lee was informed by his spies, that General Grant had begun moving the vast majority of his two armies south of the Appomattox River.  Grant's plan was to capture Petersburg by way of an overwhelming attack in the hopes of catching Lee by surprise.  However, Grant should have known better than to think he could so easiler out wit the grey fox of the Confederacy.  In response, Lee began moving nearly his entire army to Petersburg.  Leaving only militia to defend Richmond.  Lee ordered that as many fires be lit at night as if the army was still in place.  The citizens of Richmond were to matrch around in uniforms to further the deception.  Both sides must now be ready to face each other in a massive show of force.  The fate of the nation, both nations, will be decided at this battle, The Siege of Petersburg.  NOTE: Best played as the CSA in solitaire mode against the Union A/I  PLAYING TIPS:  To win as the Union, do not try to assault the Confederate defenses until you have softened up your area of attacks with strong artillery batteries.  You cannot attack along the entire perimeter.  Search for the weakest points.  Take your time and remember to conserve your artillery ammo supply, or you will run out.  Expect large numbers of casualties, but once breached, the Confederate defenses will have a difficult time maintaining cohesion. 

Analysis - This giant battle is not really all its cracked up to be. From the southern standpoint it is likely going to be an absolute bloodbath. But some people really like those types of scenarios. If you are one of them, here you go. Your weak point is to the east where the Army of the Potomac veterans face an overextended skeleton line. If you have to fall back, which you will, you can at least hold out in Petersburg and take the Yankee guns out of the battle some. Just don't lose the crossings or you could become isolated. A good choice if you are looking for a defensive challenge. 

 

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40 Turns

009 - Hancock's Advance

My Rating: Good

22,452

21,152

0

1,300

52

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

15,695

14,445

200

1,050

42


Description - After a day of delays, mixups and misuderstandings, Hancock's Second Corps finally comes up against the defenses of Petersburg.  Baldy Smith had opened the door, but by the time the Second Corps went in, Hoke and Johnson were closing it again.  The Union's objective is Cemetery Hill.  Take it, and Petersburg is theirs.

Analysis - Yes, this looks really bad at first glance. You can't hold the line of trenches and must fight elsewhere in this scenario. But there are still other places to defend and you have a commanding point lead at the start. The Yanks will have more overall men and units but the Rebs will have better quality and defensive positioning overall. It's a good one! Probably a bit long at forty turns. But if they attack poorly you may be able to damage them enough to end it before it goes the full forty.

 

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9 Turns

013 - Ledlie's Attack II

My Rating: Good

9,359

9,259

0

100

4

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

4,904

4,804

0

100

4


Description - (What If) This variant of Ledlie's attack, brings additional troops to the battle area.  General Burnside commits Willcox's division coming from the southeast, and for the CSA, General Hagood comes on using the Baxter road.  Also, Clingman's 31st and 61st North Carolina regiments appear along the main defensive line to the north. 

Analysis - This is a quick and fun option for a fast battle without much preamble. 

 

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020 - Willcox's Attack

My Rating: Good

11 Turns

9,903

9,903

0

0

0

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

6,344

5,894

0

450

18


Description - Just as Lee felt at Gettysburg on July 3rd, the previous year, just one more assault and the Federal line would break, so now, almost exactly a year later, Meade felt the same way at Petersburg.  Just one more assault and the Confederate line would break and Petersburg would fall.  To make that happen, Meade ordered Burnside's IX Corps to prepare an assault that would carry the rebel line.  Fortunately for Beauregard and the defending Confederates, Meade did not obtain the full support of his on the spot superior, General Grant.  As a result, several key units were withdrawn, thus diminishing Meade's total number of troops that would be available for the assault.  This scenario depicts one of those piece meal assaults carried out on the 17th of June.  Earlier in the Day, Potter's Division was tasked to assault the rebel lines west of the Shand house.  After that assault failed, Burnside ordered Willcox's Division to make an almost identical attack.  This time the attack would commence at 2pm, just north of the Shand house.  The Union objective, clear the ravines west of the Shand house, then hold against a counter attack.

Analysis - This Federal attack is headed right for the center of the Confederate lines. With a number of fixed brigades around you can hope your opponent inadvertently releases them. If not, the fighting will be close-quarters in the center.

 

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21 Turns

022 - Willcox's Attack II

My Rating: Good

17,358

17,008

0

350

14

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

18,123

17,373

0

750

30


Description - (What If) In this variant of "Willcox's Attack," all units have been unfixed.  The game length has been increased to 21 turns, and the additional troops of Kershaw's CSA brigade, and the Union colored brigade of Edward Ferrero will now participate.

Analysis - One of the lopsided Confederate scenarios. You have a larger, more experienced, and entrenched force. You also start with a commanding point lead. Easy. 

 

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24 Turns

025 - Federal Advance II

 My Rating: Excellent 

48,528

48,028

0

500

20

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

33,555

30,655

400

2,500

100


Description - (What If--This variant adds Hill's Corps to reinforce Beauregard's defense.)   For several days, Union troops have attempted to break into and capture Petersburg, the cockade city.  Tasked with defending the city, PGT Beauregard, brilliantly repulsed every Union attempt to enter the city.  But Grant and Meade were not prepared to give up.  If one more massive assault could be mounted and coordinated, then perhaps, this stubborn defense could be overwhelmed and defeated. Orders were sent out to all Corps Commanders, to assemble their men and take Petersburg before Lee's Army of Northern Virginia could march south and take up defensive positions around this most important city.  Speed was essential, and failure on this 18th day of June 1864, would ensure a long siege and perhaps even force a change in  leadership. The question of victory or defeat may be answered with a single question, which army was the least tired? 

Analysis - The addition of AP Hill's Corps to this battle changes it from a really challenging scenario into a really fun one! The added Confederate units will allow the Rebel player to make a mistake or two and not lose the entire battle. You won't have much time to use Hill's men but they can still help shore up defenses and turn back any Federal breakthroughs. The Federals have nearly all their artillery fixed in place. This will help as they will not be able to bring very many guns forward in direct support. 

 

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20 Turns

027 - Federal Advance III

My Rating: Good

48,737

48,237

0

500

20

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

20,136

18,411

400

1,325

53


Description - For several days, Union troops have attempted to break into and capture Petersburg, the cockade city.  Tasked with defending the city, PGT Beauregard, brilliantly repulsed every Union attempt to enter the city.  But Grant and Meade were not prepared to give up.  If one more massive assault could be mounted and coordinated, then perhaps, this stubborn defense could be overwhelmed and defeated. Orders were sent out to all Corps Commanders, to assemble their men and take Petersburg before Lee's Army of Northern Virginia could march south and take up defensive positions around this most important city.  Speed was essential, and failure on this 18th day of June 1864, would ensure a long siege and perhaps even force a change in  leadership. The question of victory or defeat may be answered with a single question, which army was the least tired? 

Analysis - The lopsided numbers here don't tell the whole story. The Federals need to gain a lot of points in a short amount of time to gain a victory here. With limited room to maneuver and few turns to do it in you can expect a very bloody frontal attack against your defenses. A nice medium-sized battle which, if you can survive the enemy waves, you have a good chance to win. Know when to give up ground and fall back though. If you try to hold too long at a certain place you might be overran and lose too many men to recover. Good luck!

 

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21 Turns

031 - Mahone's Attack

My Rating: Good

7,946

7,746

0

200

8

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

11,442

10,492

0

950

38


Description - (What If) In this variant of "Mahone's Attack," all units will start unfixed, the game length has been increased to 21, and the additional troops of CSA General Johnson's division has been added.  With these additional troops and game length, so too have the victory conditions for the CSA been increased.

Analysis - An offensive scenario for the Confederates feels like a rarity by mid-1864. But here it is! With a reinforced attack you are poised to smash up some Yankees south of your trenches. The added men and turns here mean you will need to be aggressive and earn most of your points by punishing the Union units in battle. Attack early and often and drive them Yanks from the field!

 

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18 Turns

032 - 1st Reams Station

My Rating: Good

4,207

0

3,957

250

10

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

7,125

3,525

2,975

625

25


Description - By late June 1864, an early conclusion with a victorious outcome had been decisively denied the Union.  It was now evident to Grant and Meade, that a siege would be required to secure victory.  The first step to a successful siege, is to cut the supply lines coming to the besieged.  Grant ordered that the various railroads suppling Petersburg, should be destroyed .  To accomplish this goal, he ordered Union cavalry, commanded by James Wilson and August Kautz, to proceed to Reams Station and begin the destruction of the Weldon Railroad.  To thwart this plan, and save the vital supplies entering Petersburg, General Lee sent his own cavalry and infantry, commanded by W.H.F. Lee and William Mahone to Reams Station.  This scenario will simulate the battle to defend the railroad.

Analysis - This smaller battle features Union cavalry fighting a mixed Confederate force of infantry and cavalry. It has a good setup and should offer both sides of number of options as to strategy. The Confederates have to attack and make good progress though to achieve the victory. Try it out!

 

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12 Turns

034 - The Crater

My Rating: Good

20,524

19,074

0

1,450

58

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

11,138

10,238

0

900

36


Description - The story of the Petersburg Mine can be told as a tragedy--or a grim comedy of errors.  It was even a TV dramatization on Playhouse 90 in 1959, starring Richard Boone as Henry Pleasants.  He was the commander of the 48th Pennsylvania, of Ambrose Burnside's Ninth Corps.  The men of the 48th were coal-miners.  An idea occurred to them not long after the quest for Petersburg became a siege.  They could tunnel under the southern fortifications, stash a horrific amount of gunpower under them, and blow the rebs to Kingdom Come, and then walk over them to capture Petersburg.  The idea went up the chain of command and was approved.  The 48th dug the tunnel, and Ferrero's Afro-American Division trained for a month to be the assault force.  Here the military world ran smack into the political world.  US Grant and George Meade were afraid that one of two things might happen:  That the blacks would be slaughtered, and the press would accuse them of using the blacks as cannon fodder; and/or that they, being of the "Inferior" race would simply fail in the mission. The division to replace Ferrero's was chosen by drawing straws.  That division was burned out, and commanded by a drunken coward by the name of James Ledlie.  The Mine exploded before dawn on July 30, opening a huge hole in the Confederate line, and the Ninth Corps went forward.  In the end, all that Grant and Meade had feared came to pass, with the assault crushed and the black division practically annihilated when it finally assaulted when all hope of success was gone.  Perhaps the Union commander can change history today.

Analysis - This is unusal little scenario in which a Union "explosion" occurs during the first turn (actually it just a Union reinforcement which arrives and triggers a number of routs at the center of the Confederate lines). This causes a gaping hole through which the Federals will quickly start pouring through. For the Confederates it is a race to contain the breakthrough and start pushing them back out. This is a fun and bloody scenario worth playing. 

 

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18 Turns

044 - 2nd Reams Station II

My Rating: Good

16,104

12,857

2,647

600

24

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

13,604

6,187

6,742

675

27


Description - (What If)  In this variant of the "2nd Battle of Ream's Station," the forces will enter the battlefield and engage each other in a classic meeting engagement.  NOTE: If playing solitaire, best played as Union against CSA A/I.

Analysis - This "meeting engagement" battle has the makings of a good little game. Unfortunately the arrival schedule is rather confusing and the victory conditions for the Confederates are a bit tough. But still worth playing if you really enjoy meeting engagement scenarios. I left the map intentionally blank as the arrival schedule and locations are brutally complex to put on a map. 

 

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15 Turns

052 - Rocky Branch I

My Rating: Good

13,360

13,060

0

300

12

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

13,148

10,107

2,666

375

15


Description - (What If)  On September 30th 1864, the battle for Peebles Farm was raging, but what if the forces engages at Peeples Farm had shifted to the west and engaged a few miles west of Fort MacRae, near the Rocky Branch Creek.  Here again, Parke's and Warren's Divisions will engage Hill's Corps with Heth's and Wilcox's Divisions, along with the cavalry of Wade Hampton.  The forces will very nearly be equal in strength.

Analysis - Two opposing forces in open fields colliding! Unique by late 1864 - but still fun! The Yanks have the advantage in guns and infantry but the Rebs have better quality men and cavalry support. Have fun!

 

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21 Turns

054 - Rocky Branch II

My Rating: Good

22,259

20,096

2,063

100

4

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

15,934

10,107

5,452

375

15


Description - (What If)  This variant of Rocky Branch is a meeting engagement with 6 more turns for a total 21.  Additional troops have also been added.

Analysis - This meeting engagement battle is pretty fun. The odd part about it is the lack of artillery for the Yankees. This creates an interesting dynamic as they must rely on their infantry to inflict heavier losses on the Rebels through standup fighting. Usually, this would lead to an easy Rebel victory, but because the Rebels have so many cavalrymen that are not suited to a standup battle, it adds an interesting twist to it all. 

 

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15 Turns

055 - Fort Archer I

My Rating: Good

12,275

11,975

0

300

12

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

13,148

10,107

2,666

375

15


Description - (What If)  Fort Archer has been overrun by Union troops.  General Lee has ordered General Hill to push back the Union troops, retake  Fort Archer and drive Meade back to the east of the Weldon R.R. Union General Parke and Warren are to stop Hill and drive to the Boydton Plank road.

Analysis - Another quality small-scale scenario. The Yanks will have more overall units though you do outnumber them. Be careful with your cavalry as their loss will count heavier in victory points. 

 

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21 Turns

057 - Fort Archer II

My Rating: Good

17,350

17,050

0

300

12

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

14,672

10,107

4,040

525

21


Description - (What If)  This variant of the Fort Archer scenario, is a meeting engagement with 6 more turns for a total 21.  Additional troops have also been added.

Analysis - This meeting engagement is a straightforward battle with two well matched sides. 

 

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20 Turns

069 - Holly Point Church

 My Rating: Excellent 

21,011

14,893

5,518

600

24

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

20,661

15,323

4,413

925

37


Description - (What If) In this hypothetical scenario, the two armies will fight near an old spiritual meeting place called Holly Point Church.   This is a meeting engagment.  A victory for the Confederates may yet show the North, soon to have a Presidential election, that this war has gone on long enough.   

Analysis - Very well put together meeting engagement battle! Evenly matched sides on a good map with just the right number of turns for the men involved. Play it!

 

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31 Turns

071 - Holly Point Church II

My Rating: Good

15,193

14,893

0

300

12

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

11,557

11,007

0

550

22


Description - (What If) In this hypothetical scenario using the Holly Point Church map, the opposing Corps of Hancock and A.P. Hill are joined in a line of battle determined to sweep each other off this field, and or destroy the others capacity to fight.  A decisive victory could swing the balance of the Petersburg siege.  To start, the burden of attack is on the Union.  The Confederates will be looking for an opportunity to counter attack.

Analysis - This scenario may run about five turns too long but it is still a good one. The Yanks have more men and units but just two artillery batteries. The Rebs are outnumbered but have more guns and better quality men. The Yanks are attacking so you can let them come to you. 

 

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17 Turns

077 - Hatcher's Run II

My Rating: Good

12,380

11,960

220

200

8

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

13,037

12,812

0

225

9


Description - (What If) In this variant of Hatcher's Run, Feb 5th, the complete division of Mahone has been brought onto the battlefield to help drive off the Union II Corps.  The various brigades of Mahone's arriving troops, are scheduled to arrive at possible different times and locations.  Not even Mahone can be sure of when or where they will arrive, or even if they will arrive.  Each battle will be different from the last.

Analysis - This smaller battle forces the Confederates to attack the Federals who enjoy good interior lines and positioning. But the extra Confederate division in this scenario helps out and the two sides are headed for a good fight. 

 

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15 Turns

080 - Hatcher's Run

My Rating: Good

14,175

9,265

4,810

100

4

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

13,183

9,275

3,708

200

8


Description - On the second day of Hatcher's Run, Meade instructed Warren and Humphrey to engage the confederates, on their right flank, until they were behind their works.  There was little fighting on this side of the battlefield.  However, on the Union left, the confederates still had a mind to fight.  CSA General Gordon pushed against the Federal front near Dabney's saw mill, and the Holly Point Church.  The Union was determined to push back!

Analysis - This running battle appeared pretty unappealing at first. But it does present both commanders with a few strategic options with the battle hanging on the outcome of their decisions. So, I actually like it. Worth a play.

 

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15 Turns

087 - White Oak I

My Rating: Good

11,947

11,447

0

500

20

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

8,140

7,840

0

300

12


Description - The day began with a directive from General Grant, "Owing to the heavy rain this morning, the troops will remain substantially as they are now,..."  But this day will not end as the General directed.  Initially, the divisions of Union Generals Crawford and Ayers, advanced several regiments with the intention of reconnoitering the Confederate positions.  Soon after, CSA General Johnson saw an opportunity to attack and roll up the Union left flank, dangling "in the air."  Within a short time, both Union divisions were in full flight, with the CSA in pursuit.  To stop this rout, the Divisions of Griffin and Miles (3 regiments of Ramsey's brigade were on detached duty) were sent in with Mott on the right flank.  As the Union commander, your task is to stop the rebel advance and push them back to their fortifications along the White Oak Road.

Analysis - This small battle is a thinking man's game. The two sides are stacked on each other's weaker flank. The Confederates have far better interior lines though. But they are outnumbered. A quick little contest with some thinking involved! Good. 

 

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21 Turns

089 - White Oak II

My Rating: Good

16,835

16,335

0

500

20

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

12,815

12,190

0

625

25


Description - (What If)  This variant of the White Oak scenario is longer and adds additional units that will engage eoch other for control of the field.  First, Grimes' Division from Gordon's Corps, will arrive from the northeast.  Next to arrive will be Walker's (Pegram) Division).  This division will likely arrive from the north.  

Analysis - Part set-piece battle and part meeting engagement. Overall a nice medium-sized scenario. 

 

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15 Turns

104 - Sailor's Creek I

My Rating: Good

9,963

9,563

0

400

16

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

4,675

4,350

0

325

13


Description - (What If)  This scenario variant will create a chasing engagement of the Lockett Farm battle.  It will start one hour earlier and last three turns longer.  The Union II Corps is in hot pursuit, and Gordon must turn around and face II Corps in order to protect the wagon train. NOTE:  The CSA wagon train has been fixed to simulate that they must be defended or the battle is lost.  

Analysis - This contest starts with the Confederates in column and able to turn and fight the Federals from the start. It will not be easy though. At least you can pick your battleground and try to hold them back by whatever trickery and tactics you can conjure up. Worth a shot!

 

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12 Turns

106 - Sailor's Creek II

My Rating: Good

6,318

4,683

1,135

500

20

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

4,412

4,412

0

0

0


Description - On the 6th of April, 1864, a large part of General Lee's army was confronted by Grant's pursuing army, at Sailor's Creek.  This scenario depicts the battle fought by General Ewell's two divisions of Kershaw and GWC Lee, against General Wright's VI Corps at the spot known as Hillsman Farm.  With no artillery to counter the Union artillery bombardment, Ewell held off a superior number of Union troops for several hours.  Now is your chance to seal the fate of the Confederacy, for good or ill.  Take Charge!

Analysis - Here is another scenario where you must make some critical decisions early on if you wish to survive the battle. At just 12 turns it should be fairly straightforward. There is no Confederate artillery so be prepared to suffer from want of firepower. The Union needs lots of points to win here so you may just need to find a good spot to make a final stand and try to hold out until time expires. 

 

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24 Turns

118 - Prince Edward Road

 My Rating: Excellent 

29,973

24,369

2,655

2,950

118

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

14,689

9,767

2,572

2,350

94


Description - (What If) In this scenario, Longstreet will take a defensive stand along the Prince Edward road, a few miles east of Framville.  In pursuit of his army is the Army of the James, and the VI Corps of the Army of the Potomac.  If the Union can be stopped here, Lee and the entire Army of Northern Virginia will have the time needed to complete their task of joining Joe E Johnson's army in North Carolina. NOTE:  There is only one victory hex, an exit hex for Union troops.  To gain victory points, occupy the exit hex at (0,2) and use the "Remove from Map" feature, under the Command Window, or more simply, hit Crtl+X

Analysis - This one is sneaky fun. Can you successfully block the oncoming Federal army in this scenario. That's what it boils down to. Because of the limited number of turns, and the sizable forces coming to blows, this gets interesting very quickly. 

 

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15 Turns

120 - 2nd Battle High Bridge

My Rating: Good

6,350

5,950

0

400

16

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

4,305

3,955

0

350

14


Description - With Gordon and Mahone across the High Bridge, the rebels were ordered to fire the bridge.  But delays and errors prevented this order from being carried out successfully.  Though the bridge was damaged, Union infantry was able to put the fire out and Barlow's 2nd Division of Humphrey's II Corps, was able to cross and continue the pursuit of the Confederates toward Cumberland Church and Farmville.  In this scenario, Mahone, seeing that the destruction of the bridge was unsuccessful, turned his men around to confront the advancing Union infantry, and with luck and skill of arms, give it another try.  NOTE:  There is an exit hex for Union troops.  To gain victory points, occupy the exit hex at (0,2) and use the "Remove from Map" feature, under the Command Window, or more simply, hit Crtl+X

Analysis - This quick little battle will pit two forces battling around a single river crossing point. Hold back the Yankees to win the scenario.

 

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15 Turns

122 - Southside

My Rating: Good

6,350

5,950

0

400

16

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

4,675

4,350

0

325

13


Description - With the crossing of High Bridge, Gordon and Mahone took different roads to escape the Union II Corps.  Gordon followed the Southside railroad towards Farmville.  In his rear and in pursuit, was Barlow's 2nd Division.  Here, Gordon will turn and fight, rather than be chased like a rabbit.  

Analysis - Another defensive scenario for the Rebels with two well matched forces. 

 

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12 Turns

126 - Cumberland Church

My Rating: Good

16,334

15,734

0

600

24

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

17,149

15,159

1,590

400

16


Description - Following the disastrous results of Sailor's Creek (Sayler's Creek), General Robert E. Lee was still determined to escape Grant's trap, and join Joseph E. Johnson's army in North Carolina.  To do this, he must out pace his Union pursuers.  Thinking this could be done if his army could cross to the north side of the Appomattox River and then burn the bridges after they crossed, he was shocked and enraged that such a simple task failed to be accomplished.  So with the High Bridge in Union hands, the pursuit continued.  The exhausted and staving Confederates troops marched to the high ground around Cumberland Church.  There they began to entrench and await the arrival of Humphrey's II Corps.  Strangely, Humphrey found himself all alone, against what was left of the once proud and powerful Army of Northern Virginia.  Here, with the opposing sides nearly equal in numbers, another battle will be fought.  

Analysis - With just 12 turns in this one the Federals, who are outnumbered, will need to attack successfully to have any chance of gaining a victory. They will come at you fast and in compact formations so be ready. NOTE: You must insist on a House Rule to disallow the Federals from making a quick rush on your artillery on turn one. Otherwise the enemy will easily capture ALL your artillery on the field. Without this House Rule barring such a move, the scenario probably isn't worth playing. 

 

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18 Turns

130 - New Hope Church

My Rating: Good

22,799

22,199

0

600

24

TOTAL

Infantrymen

Cavalrymen

Artillerymen

Cannons

15,622

14,747

0

875

35


Description - (What If) This scenario represents the battle that never was, the last battle line of the Confederacy.  General Longstreet, commanding Lee's rear guard, was preparing to receive the Union attack, when at nearly the last moment, a temporary truce was declared.  Here, we will assume that there was no truce and Lee had begun his breakout plan to continue his retreat from Appomattox Court House in the hopes of joining Joseph Johnson's army in North Carolina.  Facing Longstreet will be the Union's II Corps commanded by Maj. Gen. Andrew A. Humphreys.  These two forces are nearly equal in size, but following Humphreys, will be Wright's VI Corps.  Will this be the last day of the war for Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, or will a Confederate victory mean that the war will continue?  Note:  There is a Union exit hex located at hex (3,49).  To gain points, occupy the hex then press Ctrl+X.  This will remove your units from the map, and points will be gained as a result.   

Analysis - This medium sized battle features two well-matched forces battling it out. The Confederates must halt the Federal pursuit and give them a bloody repulse. 

 

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