|McCook's men engage the Rebs on the slopes of the mountain.|
|Robertson's battery - temporarily out of ammo but standing firm|
and seemingly bulletproof !
|McCook's corps is now miles from the Union wagon park and re-supply is a headache.|
If Ian hadn't routed my rifled guns I would be lobbing shells at this lot !
It was now mid-afternoon and Thomas' corps had struck the Confederate centre and overwhelmed the artillery positions. There followed a couple of hours of classic, dramatic Civil War back-and-forth infantry action to secure the bloodsoaked soil of West Ridge.
|Thomas storms the West Ridge breastworks - it's all or nothing, Rosecrans |
doesn't have enough resources remaining to try again !
|The Federal troops that overran the guns are themselves routed|
as Confederate reserves move up.
|Fresh Yankees take their place ...... Union Generals Fry and Negley |
both take risks, and Fry is wounded.
|Tactical card played by Scribner's brigade at 4:00pm, resulting in a loss |
of a massive 6 strength points from Mercer's Reb brigade.
|Scribner's men subsequently rout - but Spear's brigade comes up and it's the turn |
of the weary Rebs to skedaddle.
'A' grade corps commander, General Hardee, takes a mortal wound in the chaos of this see-saw struggle and in the end Union forces dominate the crucial West Ridge as twilight causes the fighting to fizzle out. They have also managed to get a foothold on Black Elk Mountain as a second night descends on the battlefield. Bragg's reserves have now been forced into a desperate new defensive posture to deal with whatever the Army of the Cumberland may throw at them on day three !
|Confederate line across the old Pine Trail|
|Loring's division forms a new position around the perimeter of Franklin, close|
to the HQ of an increasingly nervous General Bragg !
|Nightfall - Nov 11th (day two)|
As we concluded turn number 41 (yes, count 'em, 41 turns!) and prepared for another night turn
the Confederate DM level stood at a precarious 5.5 ... just one and a half points from total defeat.
The Union level was a much safer 3.5 and stands as a tribute to Ian's tactical skill in turning around what looked like am impossible situation for the Army of the Cumberland !