It’s September 19th, 1863. The game starts at 7:30 am. The setting is in the area of the Chickimauga Creek in Georgia. Braxton Bragg has laid a trap for Rosecrans and his army in hopes of crushing the Union forces and cutting off Rosecrans from Chattanooga. The terrain is heavily wooded, so range and visibility are limited. Control of the roads and bridges that cross the Chickimauga are critical for continued military operations in the area.
Two divisions of Thomas’ 14th Corps are avancing toward Jay’s Mill along the Brotherton Road, expecting to encounter a lone brigade of Confederates, but instead ran directly into an entire division of Forrest’s cavalry. The 1st and 3rd Divisions of Thomas’ 14th Corps have orders to attack and destroy Confederate forces around Jay’s Mill. Forrest’s F Cavalry Division has orders to defent Jay’s Mill and more importantly, Reed’s bridge to the East. Forrest is supported by two divisions of the Reserve Corps with orders to support the defense of Jay’s Mill.
Meanwhile, at Lee and Gordon’s Mill, The Confederate P Corps commmanded by Polk are without orders accross the Chickimauga from Crittenden and the Union 21st Corps. The 21st Corps has orders to defend the bridge accross the Chickimauga and the roads behind it to allow the rest of the Union army to arrive.
USA 0730 – Thomas begins moving the 1st and 3rd Divisions of 14th Corps East towards Jay’s Mill. Braird’s 1st Division splits away and moves South East to try and get around to the South side of Jay’s Mill, thinking that there may be an opportunity to flank the Rebels. The Union Reserve Corps are without orders but after a successfull attempt at gaining initiative, the entire corps begins to move Northwest along the Rosseville Road. CSA 0730 – Hindman’s Division of Polk’s P Corps, as well as several batteries of artillery begin hammering away at various brigades of the 21st Corps. The fighting is relitively light, resulting in a few casualties and one brigade moving back disorganized.
CSA H/P DIVISION DOES SOME DAMAGE AT LEE & GORDON’S MILL
USA 0800 – The Union Reserve Corps continue their march toward Missionary ridge, apparently to set up a defensive perimeter around the map edge on the Rosseville road. This scenario awards 7 victory points for this entry area, making it a nice objective to hold.
UNION RESERVE CORPS TAKES UP DEFENSIVE POSITIONS AT MISSIONARY RIDGE
CSA 0800 – Seeing an opportunity to cross the bridge at Lee & Gordon’s Mill, H/P Division (Hindman) rolls for and gets initiative. He issues orders to his division to cross the bridge and attack the right flank of 21st corps to secure Lee’s Mill and the roads leading through it. The plan works well, and H/P is able to cross and gain the flank of 1/21; Routing one brigade and pushing another back, skaken.
HINDMAN’S H/P DIVISION CROSSES THE BRIDGE AND FLANKS 1/21
USA 0830 – Braird’s 1/14 Division moves to the South East in an attempt to flank the left of F-Cav’s line at Jay’s Mill. Unfortunately for Briard’s division, L/Reserve is on the march to take up the slack on the left side of the confederate line. Back at Lee and Gordon’s Mill, the 21st Corps begins to fall back and close up the gaps in the line. Crittenden now faces a tough decision. Should he try to mount a counter attack to push the rebels back across the bridge? Or, should he try to hold his ground and wait for reinforcements?
BRAIRD’S 3/14 DIVISION RUNS INTO 2 BRIGADES OF L/RES
CSA 0830 – Two brigades of Liddell’s Reserve Corps have extended thier lines and taken up defensive positions on the left flank or F-Cav in an effort to keep elements of the Union 14th Corps from gaining a flank attack on Jay’s Mill. While F-Cav has fixed the main assault divisions of Thomas’ 14th Corps, Armstrong’s A/F Cav moves behind the Confederate line and swings around the exposed left flank of 2 of Thomas’ brigades from the 3 Division, 14th Corps. Both brigades withstand the attack well, and are able to pull back and regroup without much damage. It seems that the rebels like this game of “fixing and flanking” the enemy. The attacking 14th corps are finding themselves on the defensive more than they are on the attack.
TWO BRIGADES OF A/F CAV SWING AROUND THE UNION LEFT FLANK
USA 0900 – Coming up next!