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Barley Station. An ACW wargames scenario. From the games rules book. US CS. vs. States on Fire. Dinos Antoniadis , 1998 2 nd Edition 2002. The Union defend. = Command Ability. The Confederates attack. Confederate: +1 Attacking: +1. The battlefield. N. The Brook.

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Barley Station

  • An ACW wargames scenario


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From the games rules book

US CS

vs

States on Fire

Dinos Antoniadis, 1998 2nd Edition2002


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The Union defend

= Command Ability


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TheConfederates attack

Confederate: +1

Attacking: +1


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The battlefield

N

The Brook

North Turnpike

West Turnpike

Blackberry Hill

Barleytown

Barley Station

Wheat Fields

Central Road

Twin Hills

Sunken Road


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Blackberry Hill

CS HQ

Barley Station

US HQ


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Barley Station

  • Barley station is an important rail junction

  • The previous day, Barley Station was bombarded by the Union

  • The light Confederate forces defending it, were chased away

  • Now, it is held by the Federals, who want to put a foothold on Barleytown


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Blackberry Hill

  • Blackberry hill, is overlooking North Turnpike and the Brook crossing

  • It must be held by the Confederates at all costs

  • From up there, the Rebel artillery has a perfect command of the Wheat Fields, south of Barleytown


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  • The Federal 2nd Div 3d Brigade moves,

  • skirmishers deployed in front…

  • and …


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  • Go down the Central Road


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Alexander Chatz,

CS General

Dinos


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  • I have a cunning plan…

Van Mil, US General


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Skoulix

  • …the other Union General, has another cunning plan…

Gregorio “rattlesnake” Meracone


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  • Union 1st Division in columns of brigades approach Barleytown


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  • The Rebels cross the Brook


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  • The Confederate centre, at the height of the Wheat Fields, leave the Central Road, deploy and advance rapidly…


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  • Union 1st Div, 1st (veteran) Brigade…


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  • …approach Barleytown and the Wheat Fields


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  • The Confederate Cavalry Division gallops on the double…

  • …up to the Sunken Road…

  • …and dismounts


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The Union Artillery Reserve

  • Was late to arrive, (entered the table on round 4)

  • is hindered by the rails and the tree rows of Central Road

  • as well as by the Green 2nd Div 2nd Brigade screening its front

  • and strives to find a decent place to deploy


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Confederate far right flank…

  • Is threatened by the Union Cavalry

  • The Rebel ammunition Wagon…

  • …is attacked by Union scouts…

  • and …


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Is saved at the nick of the time…

  • By the 2nd Div 2nd Brigade…

  • countermarching to cover the exposed right flank


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  • Union 1st Division…


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  • approaching …


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  • the first houses of Barleytown…


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  • … faces the Rebel 2nd Division


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  • The Rebel Napoleons open fire!


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In the central sector…


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Two Rebel artillery batteries…

  • The Rebel Infantry…

  • ..manhandling in the Wheat Fields…


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  • …cross the Wheat Fields…

  • …and march to meet destiny…


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We must press forward!


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As the Union Artillery Reserve was late to arrive…

  • We must hold Barley Station!


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  • The Rebel elite Brigade emerges from the village

  • The Union deploys and surges forward


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  • Chaaarge!!!


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  • C’m on! Steady boys!


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At the Twin Hills…

  • The Union is winning!

  • 2nd Div 1st (veteran) Brigade…

  • Aided by one Cavalry regiment…

  • climbing uphill…


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…releases deadly volleys…

  • … annihilating two of the Rebel Cavalry Regiments!

  • (the Union General brought double sixes twice)

  • And forces the remaining two regiments…

  • To abandon the hill unhorsed…


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The Union reserve artillery

  • Finally, find space to deploy their batteries…

  • …and are pounding the rebel positions


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…while the Union parrots do their deadly work…

  • The green Brigade loses one regiment…

  • …their brigadier General is killed…

  • Low on morale, they retreat!


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A view from the Twin Hills

  • As the remnants of the 2nd Div 2nd Green Brigade retreat…

  • …Rebel scouting cavalry plan to raid behind the Union lines


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  • As the Federals go downhill

  • The Cavalry division falls back, behind the Sunken Road


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The fight around the Central road…


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  • … and in the Wheat Fields…

  • … comes to a standstill


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But, on their right…

  • The Rebels are winning!


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  • At the Confederate right, 2nd Div 2nd and 3d Brigades, advance

  • The Union left crumbles and is pushed back to Barley Station

  • Follows a general advance of the Rebel artillery


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A winning draw for the South

Scenario: Dinos Antoniadis

Figure collection: Alex & Vangelis Hatziplis

Basic terrain: Manolis “Great Worm” Skoulikas

Photos: Dinos Antoniadis, Vangelis Miliarakis

Guest star: Gregory Merakos

Realisation: Dinos


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