The game commences at .
Turn 1 - 10.00 - 10.30
01.01C The opening move. Davis' confederate brigade advances boldly through orchards upon Cutler's Union troops deployed in line on West McPherson ridge.
01.02C Simultaneously, Archer's bridgade advances through Herbst woods opposite Meredith's crack Iron Brigade.
01.06U Likewise, Meredith swings his right flank and is joined by Gamble's cavalry brigade of Buford's division. The cavalry promptly dismount and extend the Union firing line, their breech loading rifles giving withering firepower at close range.
At close of Turn 1 the scenario dictates a Fallen Leader test on the Union's General Reynolds who was killed by a stray bullet at the opening of the battle. Sure enough, the rebs rolled a 7 meaning Reynolds was shot out of his saddle and carried off the field.
Turn 2 - 10.30 - 11.00
02.04C - The confederate advance continues cautiously but relentlessly. In the meantime off-table rebel artillery target the Union troops on McPherson ridge. The first reinforcements appear on the table in support of the advancing brigades.
02.07U - Union reinforcements stream at the double up Seminary ridge. The famed Lutheran Seminary can be seen as the prominent red building in the background.
02.08 U- On McPherson ridge Wadsworth's division forms firing line and braces itself for the coming attack......
02.10U - This pic marks the start of a series of 'time lapse' photographs which give a bird's eye view of the field and hopefully makes it easier to follow. Gettysburg town is clearly visible at bottom left, Seminary rigde straddles the centre of the pic whilst the McPherson ridges with the Union firing lines are at the top.
Turn 3 - 11.00 - 11.30
03.04U - More Union reinforcements rush towards Seminary ridge which is now soundly occupied by the Feds. West of McPherson ridge, Rowley's brigade appears on the field to the rear of Pettigrew's freshly arrived Confederates.
Turn 4 - 11.30 - 12.00
04.01C - More massed Confederate brigades arrive on the field. Pender's entire division deploys in supported line and advances on East McPherson ridge which is still defended by Meredith's Iron Brigade and Gamble's
dismounted cavalry. Stone's green brigade arrives on the ridge to bolster the defence and close the gap between Meredith and Cutler. In the meantime, more off-table batteries arrive for the rebs, bringing the total up to five.
04.02U - Not one to take things lying down, Meredith leads his men downhill on a surprise attack. The crack union troops smash into Pettigrew's disordered brigade, taking the rebs completely by surprise. Meanwhile, on west McPherson ridge, Buford's second cavalry brigade under Devin dismount on Davis' left flank and unleash the full power of their breech loaders, causing many casualties.
04.04U - The victorious Union troops conduct breakthrough movement and run into Perrin's brigade with Thomas in support. The charge is barely successful this time and only manages to push back the rebel troops to the further bank of Willoughby's Run, the minor river west of McPherson.
04.06 - Detail of Pender's division showing Perrin and Thomas' brigades west of Willoughby's Run faced by Meredith's brigade.
04.07 - Union defensive positions on Seminary Ridge under cover of orchards and groves.
To be continued.........
05.02C - Meredith is overwhelmed by sheer weight of numbers and is forced to withdraw in disorder back up the ridge, managing to form a firing line alongside Gamble's dismounted troopers.
05.03U - The Feds decide it is time to abandon McPherson Ridge. Gamble's cavalry mounts up and moves south in column whilst the rest of the infantry fall back on Seminary Ridge, now teeming with Union troops stationed all along the treeline on the west face. At lower foreground Union reinforcements debouch from the southern end of Seminary Ridge on the Confederate right.
Turn 6 - 12.30 - 13.0006.01C - The rebel advance resumes. To the north (extreme background) more brigades of Ewell's command arrive on table and succeed in routing Devin's cavalry brigade. In the centre Perrin advances up McPherson Ridge but is immediately challenged by a Union artillery barrage from Seminary Ridge, causing casualties and disorder. At bottom left, Lane and Scales' brigades refuse their right flanks to counter the arrival of the Union columns.
At this point we closed our session for the day. Some end of session photos :06.02 - The Confederate extreme right flank west of McPherson Ridge. Lane and Scales' brigades in the foreground, Perrin and Thomas in the background scaling the ridge.
06.03 - General view of McPherson and Seminary Ridges. The appearance of Ewell's fresh troops on the left bolster the rebel attack and force the Feds to abandon McPherson Ridge. In foreground Perrin and Thomas get a taste of things to come when they are met with artillery fire as soon as they reach the heights of the ridge.
06.04 - View of the field looking south east from behind Ewell's lines. The woods and orchards on Seminary Ridge bristle with Union defenders. Behind the ridge, just outside Gettysburg, more Union reinforcements continue to rush to the front.
06.05 - Close up of Seminary Ridge and the Union defences.
Game continues with Union Turn 6.
Turn 5 - 12.00 - 12.3005.01C - View looking north along McPherson Ridge. At extreme left, Confederate brigades (Perrin & Thomas) bounce back and counterattack Meredith's Iron Brigade. In the far background the lead elements of Ewell's Corps start appearing on the field.