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Subject: Gameplay August 26, 2016 Can the Fenians be Victorious? rss

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Ronald Hill
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I happily played this game again and my opponent took the Fenians and I the Canadians. The game focuses on the Battle of Ridgeway which was fought on June 02nd, 18861866. Irish American Fenians, who were veterans of the American Civil War, hoped to have Ireland freed of British rule by invading Canada. The game uses a chit pull system that dictates when a Fenian or a Canadian unit may be used. The Canadian units are the Queen's Own Rifles of Toronto, 13th Battalion, Volunteer Militia of Hamilton, York Rifle Company and the Caledonia Rifle Company. The Officer Commanding was Lt-Colonel A. Booker. The Fenians regiments were the 7th, New York, 13th, Tennessee, 17th, Kentucky/Indiana and the 18th Ohio. The Fenian Officer Commanding was Colonel J. O'Neill.

The Fenians are set up behind a barricade at the north end of the battlefield along with 2 companies, 18th Indiana with Colonel Starr in a large orchard in the middle of the map. The Canadians enter at an intersection at the south west corner of the battlefield and it takes 2 turns to get all of the Canadian forces on the map.

On turn 1 the Queen's Own Rifles [QOR], entered with 10 companies, devided into 2 elements, A and B. The A element advanced northward to a smaller orchard that was south and west of the previously mentioned large orchard, while the smaller B element advanced eastward along the road to a forested area that runs along the eastern edge of the map. The Fenian 13th, 17th and 7th regiments advanced southward from the barricade towards the large orchard.

On turn 2 contact was made between the Fenian Indiana Skirmishers and the A element of the QOR with no effect. The QOR was not able to return fire as they were still moving into a better position in the smaller orchard. The 6 companies of the 13th Hamilton Battalion entered and advanced up the western edge of the map while the 2 rifle companies from York and Caledonia followed the B element of the QOR. The 3 Fenian regiments countinued south more in the centre and east side while the 18th regiment stayed back behind the barricade as a reserve.

On turn 3 the Canadians drew first blood by killing the Fenian officer, Colonel Start that was with the forward Indiana companies in the large orchard. Other Fenian units arrived and divided themselves between the orchard and the forested area along the eastern side of the map. The forest kept the Canadians and Fenians from firing at each other, but, they were advancing closer to each other. The Hamilton 13th Battalion were advancing north along the western edge of the map towards the Fenian reserve.

On turn 4 the Canadian accurate rifle fire continued as a Fenian Indiana company was eliminated and the Fenian return fire did not find its mark. The 13th Hamilton continued north and both sides advanced towards each other in the eastern forest, now getting closer to bayonet range with each other.

Turn 5 the tables changed, the Fenian 13th and 17th were now in the large orchard in force, accurate rifle fire eliminated the QOR 5th company from the A element before it could fire it's Spencer Repeating Rifles. The leading company and Major Skinner of the 13th Hamilton became shaken under accurate long range rifle fire from the Fenian 17th in the large orchard. The reserve Fenian 18th regiment advanced southward to meet the 13th Hamilton. While the B element of the QOR made a bayonet charge against the Fenians in the woods, whiched failed and those Canadians involved in the unsuccessful bayonet charge were shaken and retreated back southward.

Turn 6 and 7 that field positions were fairly static. In the forest the Fenians did kill the QOR officer Captain Otter and forced the B element to retreat further south. The 13th Hamilton did kill 1 company from the Fenian 18th reserve, however, from the continuing fire from the large orchard as well as Fenian 18th, the Major Skinner and A company from the 13th Hamilton were also killed. Although both forces exchanged fire, the Fenians held the initiative and caused more damage to the Canadian forces.

With turn 8 the Fenians still held the initiative, however, the Canadians held on and with poor firing from the Fenians, the Canadians caused several Fenian companies to be eliminated. The shaken B element from the QOR rallied with OC Lt-Colonel Brooker while the remaining B element of the QOR along with the York and Caledonia Rifles repulsed a Fenian bayonet charge and covered the open left flank. The Fenian 18th held back as 1 company was broken from the accurate fire from the 13th Hamilton Battalion. Although it did have success against the Fenian reserve, continuous gun fire from the large orchard was starting to shake up different companies. The 13th Hamilton turned to the right and advanced towards the large orchard. The Fenian 13th in the large orchard advanced 2 companies into single forested hexes to the south of the orchard. Shaken units of the A element, QOR were rallied successfully and moved back the smaller orchard.

On turn 9 the Fenians still kept the initiative and poured accurate fire on the 13th Hamilton that caused 2 companies to either become shaken or broken, along with a third company killed. The 13th Hamilton's return fire was ineffective and the 13th Hamilton routed off the battlefield at the end of the turn. The Canadian position was not all poor. The B element QOR was back to full strength, minus the commanding officer, Captain Otter and the A element, QOR was also completely rallied and moved into position in the smaller orchard. The Fenians were also in a position of strength, however, every Fenian regiment had taken its maximum number of casualties, so if any Fenian regiment had any company eliminated, that regiment would most likely be routed like the 13th Hamilton Battalion.

The final turn, the tenth, saw the Fenians keep the initiative as almost every Fenian chit was pulled before any Canadian chits were pulled. The Fenian 13th, 17th and 18th regiments all fired upon the A element, QOR with devastating effects. The return fire from the A element, QOR was ineffective and they took enough casualties that at the end of the turn they routed off the battlefield. The B element, QOR did a bayonet charge against the forward companies of the Fenian 7th, which was successfully defended and those Canadian companies that took part in the attack now retreated in a shaken state. The York and Caladonia rifle companies both fired upon a Fenian 13th company without effect.

That ended the game with a strong Fenian victory. Although actual loses to both sides were almost equal, the Fenians had spread out there loses so they did not have to do a rout check. While the Canadian loses were much more focused on specific units that eventually made those units make and fail those rout checks and those remaining companies in those units leave the battlefield. What I found was interesting was that with the chit pull system, not a single turn was a Canadian chit pulled first and throughout the game each turn the majority of Fenian chits were pulled while a minority of Canadian chits had also been pulled. My opponent played very well and both sides had times with both good and bad dice rolls, so that was fairly even at the end of the game.

Edit1: Date of the battle corrected.
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Pete Belli
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Quote:
The Fenians are set up behind a barricade at the north end of the battlefield along with 2 companies, 18th Indiana with Colonel Starr in a large orchard in the middle of the map. The Canadians enter at an intersection at the south west corner of the battlefield and it takes 2 turns to get all of the Canadian forces on the map.




Nice article!
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Ronald Hill
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pete belli wrote:



Nice article!


Thank you sir. To orient the map to the article, north is to the right, the Fenians are mostly behind that barricade next to the road on the right [north edge] and the Canadians enter at the intersection at the top left [southwest] corner of the map.
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Lee Trowbridge
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A minor point: 1866, not 1886.
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Nice. I often threaten my Canadian friends with another Fenian invasion when they start getting unruly.
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