Stones River

I’m currently travelling in the United States visiting a series of battlefields in the Western Theatre. The day after my arrival Joe Collins hosted a multiplayer Volley & Bayonet game, a refight of Stones River. The game was hosted in Nashville only a short drive from the actual battlefield.

All figures are from Joe’s 25mm collection. The game itself involved some 12 players equally split between the Confederates and Union. I admit I was wondering if there would be a preference for supporting the Union here in Tennessee, but it seemed not to be the case.

Above and below a view of the Union left flank. In both, elements of Wood’s Division is shown across Stones River. Four brigades that comprise Breckinridge’s Division hold the high ground and some works.

Below, the Union right flank which is held by Davis’ and Johnson’s Divisions. A number of Union Divisions were initially out of command in an effort to model the initial Confederate attack and rated morale 4. Despite this several brigades fought with determination and some Rebel brigades were thrown back.

For my own part I was allocated command of Sheridan’s division in the centre and later Negley’s division after one the commander of this division had to leave. As a result my view of the battle was mostly based around the centre and Union right flank.

Above, Sheridan’s Division in the centre while Negley’s Division extends the left.

Below, Sheridan’s Division extends further, as some of Davis’ artillery is absorbed into the line.

Below, another view, showing the general situation. The Union right is now under considerable pressure. On the Union left a series of Union attacks are underway which eventually will break Breckinridge’s Confederates, though at a terrible price.

Above, Davis’ and Johnson’s Divisions are in chaos and several stands are now routing.

Below, Union reinforcements have arrived allowing Negley to move to the extreme right and form a line at 90 degrees to Sheridan’s Division. Confederate cavalry threaten the flank before reposting to Confederate cavalry to their flank.

Below, the high tide of the Rebel attack against the Union right. The original attack against the Union right was primarily launched by McGowan’s and Cleburne’s Divisions. By around 2pm McGowan’s Division was almost exhausted and Cleburne was unwilling to advance. With Sheridan’s Division having suffered heavily from Rebel artillery Negley undertook a limited counterattack but with little result.

At the end of the 4pm turn, and after some three and a half hours of play, the battle began to stagnate. Several Union and Confederate Divisions were exhausted. As a result both Union and Confederates were unwilling to launch further attacks.

A great game thanks to Joe and all the local players that have welcomed me to Tennessee. It was wonderful being able to refight this famous battle which took place just down the road a little over 155 years ago.


4 thoughts on “Stones River

  1. What a great idea to see these battlefields and then game them as well ! Very nice looking table. Sounds like a wonderful trip! Bruce

    1. Stones River is actually one of the last battlefields I will see in my trip. I encourage you to keep an eye on my main blog for occasional posts as time permits.

  2. Thanks for posting. Interesting report and good photos. I love the way the units have been made. The polished wooden bases and 28mm figures create a great effect. I understand why some players create V&B bases with 2mm or 6mm figures in order to create a sense of larger formations but personally, I prefer the chance to admire and recognise well painted larger figures. Your report shows that they look just as impressive in a big game.

    1. They do look impressive Tim. Joe has created an interesting and attractive game. I am only to happy to use any scale and while my figures are 6mm other local players have armies in other scales. The rules after all work well irrespective of the figure scale.

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