Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Rich Mountain: 11 July, 1861 - A Scenario for Guns at Gettysburg


Captain Junius DeLagnel, with five companies of the 20th and 25th Virginia Infantry Regiments and one six pound cannon, takes up a blocking position on Rich Mountain along the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike to prevent any Federal efforts to outflank his commander’s position at Camp Garnett.

Rosecrans sets out along a forgotten path to do just that. Ten hours later, though McClellan has called the whole thing off, Rosecrans emerges from the tangled path and launches an attack.

DeLagnel’s forces, aided by their cannon, repulse the initial assault and report their success to Brigadier General John Pegram and Camp Garnett. But Rosecrans and his Midwesterners are not through. A subsequent assault carries the rebel position and renders the main position untenable.
McClellan, and not Rosecrans, will reap the laurels for this small, but important success.

Federal forces must sieze the rebel position and control the turnpike (W-NE) at the end of the battle.

All forces begin on the map. The rebel’s breastworks, a pile of fence rails and logs, covers from the center to the NE half of their main position and counts as light cover.

Union Forces
BG William S. Rosecrans

Regiment Strength Grade
10th Indiana 28 Green
13th Indiana 28 Green
19th Ohio 28 Green

Confederate Forces
Captain Junius DeLagnel

Regiment Strength Grade
20th Virginia 10 Green
25th Virginia 10 Green
B. Inst. Gds* 4 Green
Lt.Statham 6 pdr Green

* The Buckingham Institute Guards stumbled into the Union advance, surprising both sides. They may rejoin either regiment.

All infantry regiments are armed with smoothbore muskets.

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