Saturday, 22 October 2011

After the Battle

A few random shots of the battlefield just before the troops were put back in their boxes...

Crenshaw’s rifled battery of A P Hill’s Division – fire from this battery stopped Kearny’s routed troops from rallying in the town.

A view of Kearny’s collapsing flank from behind the advancing Confederate line – that’s Joe Hooker looking a little exposed in the middle of that field!

The view forward from the Union left flank – A P Hill’s men are visible in the distance.

Another view of the Rebel attack on Kearny – looking due north from the Wheatfield towards Avery’s Ridge.

Fitzhugh Lee’s troopers on Pitt’s hill didn’t fire a shot all day but added a bit of dash to proceedings.

More of Kearny’s Division in front of Elington – the general can be seen trying (unsuccessfully) to rally his broken command.

A ground-level view looking west towards Elington – Rebel infantry are advancing through the Wheatfield in pursuit of the Yanks…

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Second Half

1.00 pm to 3.00 pm

Ewell’s Division assaults Elington from the south. His Brigades press forward towards the town and the flank of Kearny’s line near the Wheatfield.

The view of Ewell’s assault from the southwest of Elington. Randolph’s unsupported battery was routed as the sea of grey & butternut troops drew closer.

Under the watchful eye of General Jackson the ‘Stonewall’ Division move down the western edge of Round Top to support Ewell.

It was touch and go for Ewell as Sykes Division arrived to temporarily stabilize the Union right. They succeeded in routing one Rebel Brigade and causing Ewell to quit the field with a grievous wound!

To the north of the town the Divisions of Steven’s, Hooker and Reno come under increasing pressure from A P Hill.

The same scene from the Confederate perspective.

More of A P Hill’s Brigades move along the crest of Avery’s Ridge. Possession of this feature was to prove crucial in the eventual Rebel victory.

Confusion reins in the centre of Elington as one after the other Kearny’s Brigades collapse and rout under the weight of Ewell’s flank attack.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Half Time

The situation at 12.30 pm.

General Pope arrives on the field and takes over command from Heintzelman (Pope is a "C" rated commander which doesn't bode well for the Union).

Signs of confusion in the Union ranks - Reno's Division of IX Corps attempt to deploy on the left flank but keep failing the die roll to receive their orders and just keep on marching!

Meanwhile A P Hill's men can be seen forming up into battle-line between Cartharpen Run and Avery's Ridge - all of Hill's Brigades are "9" strength which is not so good for the Yanks.

In the centre Union sharpshooters move forward through The Wheatfield supported by Kearney's line. So far neither commander has issued any "Engage" orders so the main battle-lines remain silent.

The Confederate side of The Wheatfield.

Over on the south side of the table Pelham's Horse Artillery are in position on Pitt's Hill - these Rebel troopers have a good view of proceedings but their artillery is out of range of the enemy.

Ewell's men move forward to menace the Union right flank which looks a bit "up in the air" at the moment.

A close up of Ewell's boys (painting those Rebel flags must have been almost as much hard work as painting the Stars & Stripes!).

Randolph's Rifled Battery prepares to fend off Ewell's Division all on its own on the extreme right flank of the Union army.

General Jackson surveys the battle from his position on Round Top.

Kearny's Division - planted firmly in front of Elington and unable advance without further orders. Now General Pope is on the scene perhaps things are about to change?

Thursday, 6 October 2011

The Battle of Elington – Part 1

Turns 1 to 8 - 9.00 am to 12.30 pm

Just another peaceful day at the picturesque town of Elington, Virginia – or is it?

Kearny “The Magnificent” leads his Division over the Stone Bridge at the start of the battle.

The Rebs occupy Round Top (where are the 20th Maine when you need em’?)

A P Hills’ Division make a cunning move behind Avery’s Ridge – are they planning on crossing Cartharpen Run?

A P Hill’s artillery passes the Dunker Church in the rear of the Divisional column.

Ewell’s Divisions begin to deploy near Pitt’s Hill under long-range fire from Randolph’s Rifled Battery at Elington – time about 11.30 am.

A lone Rebel scout surveys the battle scene from the Wooding Farm.