Legio Wargames

Sharpsburg. Deployment and Game

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Sharpsburg

Cemetry Hill

Centre Hill

Antietam Creek

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A.P. Hill's Division entres here

Toombs

Kemper

Drayton

Walker

Garnett

Corps Reserve Artillery

Sturgis

Scammon

Rodman

Wilcox

Sketch map showing the initial deployment of the Confederate Brigades and Union Divisions on a 6x4 table. I used 20mm figures on 1" square bases. The Union Brigades are very large and players should deploy them in a double supported line.

 

 With the exception of the Union Corps Artillery, players may deploy their batteries as they wish.

 

Only the essential terrain features are shown. Both banks of Anteitam Creek are wooded and there are several corn fields between the two armies. As the corn was at full height it blocks sight on the same level until a brigade has moved through it. Woods also block sight but may be fired over by troops on higher ground.

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A unit of Union Zouaves. The 9th NY Zouaves were part of Fairchild's Brigade and drove back Kemper and Drayton's men. In the game I played they were initially similarly successful in gaining the high ground of cnetre hill but they were eventually driven off with very heavy casualties

The Union reserve divisions wait by Antietam Creek. They may not advance until an unspent Union brigade from the first line enters Sharpsburg

The situation at the end of the game when I (the Union Player) conceded defeat

 

Welsh's union brigade, which made it into Sharpsburg, releasing the reserves, is driven out by a flank attack from Drayton's men. Garnett's Confederate's, after having beaten off a succession of Union assaults, have charged down Cemetery Hill forcing Christ's Brigade back in disorder.

 

A.P. Hill divided his division; Gregg and Brokenbrough taking up positions on centre hill while the other Brigades advance into Sharpsburg.

 

The Union reserves are tardy in their advance and any chance of gaining the high ground before Hill's men are in place is lost. Nagle's men do make one attempt, supporting the battered remnants of the first line but they are easily driven off by Gregg's Brigade

 

Fairchild's valiant brigade has been annihilated.

Welsh

Christ

Crook

Ferrero

Harland

Nagle

Ewing

Drayton

Toombs

Gregg

Brockenbrough

Kemper

Pender

Archer & Branch

Garnett