After a short holiday break, welcome back to the AAR for Barren Victory, “The First Day”. And now… session 5.
USA 11:30 amThe action picks up along the Lafayette Road with Wilder still harrassing Hood’s 1st Corps. 3/21 Division has gained intitiative and joins in with Wilder. Together they manage to flank the B/H/1 brigade and wreck it. This causes a hasty retreat. It is becoming evident that Hood’s 1st Corps may not be able to advance on the Union 14th Corps afterall.
WILDER FLANKS B/H/1 AND WRECKS THE BRIGADE
At Lee and Gordon’s Mill, the 2nd Division of the 20th Corps mounts a counter attack in an attempt to push back the advancing rebels as they attempt to cross the Chickamauga. With two brigades, the Federals attempt to close in on the assaulting S/B Division.
THE FEDERALS MOUNT A COUNTER ATTACK AGAINST S/B DIVISION
CSA 11:30 amAs you may recall, Forrest failed a Corps Attack Stoppage in the 11:00 hour. This force his division back and out of small arms range, leaving him without orders; In essense, defending in place. Forrest attempts to gain initiative but ends up with a Loose Cannon result. When this occurs in the game, the opposing commander gets an opportunity to issue the orders to the Loose Cannon General. In this situation, the opposing player orders Forrest to withdraw to the North.
FORREST WITHDRAWS HIS REMAINING BRIGADES
Walker’s Reserve Corps have been on the move since obtaining initiative orders at 11:00 am. It is apparent now that they are headed East toward the Rossville Road and the Union 14th Corps. Lead elements of Walker’s men engage the Federals at the junction. This could get interesting because several brigades of the 14th Corps have moved North in pursuit of Forrest’s remaining, mangeled, cavalry.
CONFEDERATE RESERVE CORPS ARRIVE AT ROSSVILLE ROAD
USA 12:00 pmThe Federal 1/20 Division entered the battlefield in the 10:30 hour with reinforcement orders to join the 14th Corps. In an effort to devert from those orders and support Wilder’s raid on the Confederate 1st Corps, 1/20 attempts to gain initiative, but fails. As Wilder continues to press the attack on Hood, 1/20 continue their march past the action near Snodgrass Hill and toward the 14th Corps.
Near Missionary Ridge, 3/14 and 4/14 continue to chase Forrest. Forrest’s boys are so beat up at this point that they are losing the ability to fight back effectively and they are so outnumbered that the Federals are easily outflanking them. A massive assault routes A/A/F.
THE CONFEDERATE A/A/F IS FLANKED BY 14TH CORPS
CSA 12:00 pmAfter rolling a Loose Cannon at 11:30, Forrest again tries for and gains initiative. Rather that order his troops to fall back, Forrest has another trick up his sleeve. He will attempt to draw some of the Union forces away from Walker’s reserves and hope that they will attack him while he holds the higher ground using the defensive atvantage of the slopes and extreme slopes in the foothills.
Forrest to F-Cav- Initiative, 12:00 pm
“Fall back to the foothills of Rossville gap and attempt to draw the union toward you and away from the Reserve Corps”
Walker’s reserves are now fully engaged at the crossroads and are starting to inflict damage on elements of the 14th Corps and the 1/Res Division . Walker extends his battle lines out in order to maximize the fire power of his small Reserve Corps.
WALKER’S RESERVES ASSAULT THE UNION 14TH CORPS AND 1/RES
Next up… 12:30 pm