It is April 1863, Hooker's Army of the Potomac has advanced deep into Confederate territory. Both the Union and Confederate armies are very close and a battle is in the offing. The battle displayed on my table is just one part of a much larger action.
Looking down the length of the table, it contains three objectives, each marked with a red disc. A farm at the far end on a road is one objective, a second farm, also on a road, is the second objective and finally the hill nearest the camera is the third and final objective.
The hill with its tumbled down rocks is the highest point on the table, it has a red objective marker on its summit as does the farm down in the valley to the left.
In the centre of the table is the farm pictured above, this shows the long ridge on the left of the photograph.
The final objective is another farm, again on a road.
The hill with its ancient rock falls is going to be a tough nut to crack for any attackers.
The ridge that runs from front to rear of the table divides the two farms, and obstructs sight.
The troops needed for the battle. The Union VI Corps of the Army of the Potomac numbers two divisions with 29 infantry regiments, five artillery batteries and two regiments of cavalry. The Confederate forces also consist of two divisions with 24 infantry regiments, four artillery batteries and a brigade of cavalry.
Close up of the infantry that will be involved, with brigade, division and corps commanders.
Union cavalry with mounted at rear, dismounted centre and horse holders in front.
Confederate Cavalry brigade and four batteries of artillery.
So the scene is set, the forces are gathered. I shall play this game solo and it will be fought over the next day or two. I am also making a video of each turn which will be on my You Tube channel.