The desperate fighting continues around Dowdall's Tavern
Despite their success Jackson’s men were taking heavy casualties as they pushed forward and it was starting to look unlikely that they would be able to advance much further. To make things worse Sickle’s two fresh divisions began to emerge from the tree line a few hundred yards east of Dowdall’s Tavern bringing Howard some much needed support.
Sickle's men arrive in the nick of time
Meanwhile over near the Maury House the Confederates were having a better time of things. Colston’s division was beginning to look unstoppable as it moved up through the thick undergrowth sending the Union infantry running for the rear. Only Hunt’s Grand Battery remained to oppose the Rebel advance and being equipped with rifled guns they could not fire canister, which greatly reduced their effectiveness at close range.
The Union 'Grand Battery'
Neither of us were sure how this would go as our Grand Battery rule is a new one, to be honest I thought Dave was about to punch a hole clean through my centre. I nervously rolled the 4 dice for my guns, I only needed a 5 or 6 with one of them to hit and force a morale test on the Rebs – doh!
All I needed was one 5 or 6!!!
My entire Grand Battery was broken and I began to move the guns and limbers to the rear while Dave gleefully moved his infantry up to the hilltop. Then luckily for me Dave remembered that he should have taken a morale test after all because he was assaulting a position on higher ground. This time his luck ran out and my guns were reinstated to their old position - the steam had finally run out of Colston’s attack.
Lee's centre and right at the end of turn 28
Look's like Stuart is back in the game!
Hooker resting against a pillar at the Chancellorsville House... what could go wrong now?
Unbelievably that was our sixth playing session of this game but we have decided to go for one final session next week. The current demoralisation levels stand at 7 for the Union and 4 for the Confederates. This is a bit deceptive, as the Union level will come down next turn as I have several brigades that will rally. It may just be that numbers will decide this one in the end and as Hooker has the advantage there I’m quietly confident of a Union victory!