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Subject: Day 1, Session 1 from 1:30pm until 2:00pm rss

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Chris Bryer
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Condeferate Playerturn

AP Hill has been unable to bring himself to resume Heth's attack towards Gettysburg and he, once again, shows true colors by not doing anything at all. I suspect that once Lee arrives at the field not only will Powell Hill get a dressing down but things will most likely get moving. The problem is that time favors the Federals.

Meanwhile, Pender's men continue to press the attack on Seminary Ridge. Scales crosses Pitzer's Run and extends his lines southward then moves up to confront Rowley. Perrin moves forward while extending his well dressed lines northward straddling Pitzer's to face off with Stone. The 3rd Corps artillery which is attached to Pender unlimbers in A16.13 to support the attack. Pender himself remains with Lane moving to engage Stone and the well emplaced Federal artillery to his front. Thomas remains in reserve but moves up to support the unlimbered artillery.

Ewell, his 2nd Corps HQ and supply follow Rodes Division southward on it's ordered attack of the Yankee line north of Gettyburg. Rodes men move south and somewhat west to engage the enemy with an eye on a strong attack on the left of the Federal line.

Union Fire

Rowley's Bde unloads it's muskets into the southern portion of Scales extended lines inflicting 100 casualties and 200 stragglers fade away as well. This pushes the Rebels back to A18.11. Stone and the Federal artillery fire inti Lane inflicting 100 casualties and the same number of stagglers but they hold fast. Up north, Schimmelfenig fire into Doles brigade but fail to achieve any results. Kryznowski fires into Daniel's men but only manage to send a few stragglers back. Devin's dismounted men unload into O'Neil causing 100 casualties and nothing more while v. Gilsa release into Ramseur and the Rebel artillery causing 100 casualties and shakking the men up but they hold tight due to the presence of the CSA guns.

Confederate Fire

Scales fully extended lines fire into Rowley's men and inflict 100 casualties. However, Rowley's boys are blood-lusted! Lane, the Reb artillery and about half of Perrin's men fire into Stone and the Federal artillery in A19.14 to good effect causing 100 casualties and the same number of stragglers. However, Lane's men hold fast due to Doubledays help along with the presence of the comforting battery. Doles extended lines fire at Schimmelfenig doing some damage and creating a few cowards as well. Daniel's boys do the same to Krzynowski. O'Neil, Ramseur and the Corps artillery do some damage to Devin's men but not enough to move them back and Iverson also inflicts 100 casualties and another 100 stragglers on v. Gilsa and they remain shaken up.

After rallys the CSA player turn comes to a close.


Union Playerturn

Reynolds decides to send an aide to deliver divisional orders to v. Steinwehr as follows; "Please move north through Gettysburg to support the defense north of town" I must assume he has been looking at the experience and morale of the 11th Corps troops and now realzing who they face has made Reynolds nervous.

The 11th Corps along with Devin's dismounted cavalry perform a small, controlled retrograde movement in order to dress and extended their lines to better defend against Rodes advance. It is better defensively to allow the enemy to walk into fire than just go toe-to-toe with more experienced troops. Of course this means giving up ground to get the advantage which will only work for a limited time. Ames pulls his brigade back to the Stevens Institute to act as a local reserve. In the southern battle area Baxter extends his lines and moves eastward to face off with Perrin's Rebels where the Horse Railroad crosses Pitzer's Run.

Confederate Fire

Scales fire into the blood-lusted brigade of Rowley to no effect while Lane and 3rd Corps artillery attached to Pender fire into Stone and his commander, Doubleday. They drop 200 men immediatelty with another 100 running away which wrecks the brigade. Doubleday himself, again survives the murderous volley and the brigade buckles but is able to remain in position due to both their fearless leadership as well as the Federal battery. Perrin fires at Baxter's brigade and drops another 200 Yankees with more men melting into the rear as well! Robinson survives the blast and once again, the Union line holds fast. Up north, O'Neil fires into Kryzynowski and his leader, Schurz and goes low ammo but, due to the low firepower, fails to do much accept drop 100 men. Schurz survives. So many leader survivals from the get go as I have kept them in front for the most part. It's only a matter of time before one is hurt or killed. 2nd Corps artillery fires at the far left of Devins line dropping another 100 Yankees but they hold strong.

Union Fire

Rowley returns fire into Scales without any effect whatsoever. Stone and 1st Corps artillery recover from the almost disastrous Rebel blast and fire back into Lane and Pender! Despite the withering effect of the accurate enemy fire just seconds ago they fire as accurately as could possibly be and devastate Lane's men right as they run low an ammo! ( I rolled 11 for fire, round up, 6 for stragglers, and 66 for morale!!!) 200 of Lane's men are no more with another 300 fading westward. The brigade routs back to A15.12 and another 300 of the men straggle back to hide. That was the most brutal fire of the engagement so far! Baxter fires into a portion of Perrins line and 100 more Rebels fall and the line is shaken. Back to the north, Kryzynowski returns fire into O'Neil and watches while 100 CSA men go down with an equal number deciding to bug out.

1900 Casualties
1700 Stragglers

I would say that 30 minutes was awefully bloody!




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Peter Veenstra
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Such carnage! gulp

My Gettysburg up to this hour is a walk in the park compared to yours..


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Peter!
 
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Pat Webber
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Looks like he must've been caught in one of those 3rd Corps charges!
 
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