Saturday, October 31, 2015

Battle of Bald Hill Part 2

The battle continues

Turn 9. Federal Initiative. The cavalry falls back unable to give any more resistance. General Theo's brigade pushes forward into the corn. The Confederate Cavalry Colonel dismounts his troopers and prepares for the storm to come. He sees the bright blue banners of the infantry advancing towards him.

A battery of confederate arrives and makes its way to the crest of the hill.

Turn 10. Federal Initiative. The lead elements of the brigade break through to the clearing. General Beau's dismounted troopers open fire on the infantry. The Confederate Colonel mounts his troopers and falls back. 

Turn 11. Confederate Initiative. General Dan's brigade pushes to the edge of the woods and General Theo's Infantry push into the clearing under fir from the dismounted Cavalry on the hill. One of the Federal Regiments returns fire. The confederate battery moves to the top of the hill and deploys

Turn 12. Federal Initiative. A second volley from the Union regiment causes the dismounted troopers to break and withdrawal. General Beau retires from the field with his troopers. The confederate battery opens fire on the bunched up brigade of blue. 

"Forward Men, Forward!"

General Dan's brigade advances into the field.

The musketry was deadly and accurate. men died where they stood. The rushing advance of the Federals was stopped by a wall of southern lead. 

The battle raged back and forth for a few turns.

The sun began to set in the west with no clear winner of this battle. As the last rays of sun light faded through the trees and the purple fingers of night began to grip the countryside, each army slowly withdrew from the field to take a defensive line opposing each other. Throughout the night the sounds of lone musket fire, the sounds of the dying and the cries of the wounded could be heard. General Theo was not happy with the outcome of this days contest. His battery had not came up and as of 9 o' clock that evening they had still not arrived.  The Infantry took positions and made defenses the best they could.
General Dan was concerned about the performance of his troops. he knew he lost valuable time advancing through the woods in line of battle. He thought it was wise considering the disposition of the federal advance and the fact that only two Confederate Cavalry regiments opposed them. Advancing in line saved time and prevented his infantry from being fired on in column. As he adjusted his lines for the evening and tended to the wounded, he waited for his orders from General Leroy's headquarters.

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