American Civil War Scenarios

This section provides a number of American Civil War scenarios for use with Volley and Bayonet. These sceanrios are progressively being updated to support the latest version of the rules, “Volley and Bayonet – Road to Glory”. Additional American Civil War scenarios can be found in the “Battles of the American Civil War” scenario book.

First Bull Run, 21st July 1861

In July 1861 Confederate and Union forces clashed along the banks of the Bull Run Stream. Both armies contained large numbers of new recruits in what may seem a very small battle in Volley & Bayonet terms. The battle however makes for an excellent balanced game. The scenario first appeared in the 1st edition of Volley and Bayonet. The scenario has been updated and is complete with a revised map. The sceanrio can be found here.  As an alternative the 1st edition of the rules provided an enlarged map for those wishing to refight the battle over a wider area including . A revised order of batte for this, called the Campaign Game, can be found here.

Pea Ridge, 7th – 8th March 1862

The Battle of Pea Ridge was fought in northwest Arkansas, near Garfield. Union forces led by Brig. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis moved south from central Missouri, driving Confederate forces into northwestern Arkansas. Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn reorganized the Confederate army and launched a counter-offensive, hoping that a victory would enable the Confederates to recapture northern Arkansas and Missouri. In a two–day battle, Curtis held off the Confederate attack on the first day and drove Van Dorn’s force off the field on the second day. The outcome of the battle essentially cemented Union control of Missouri and northern Arkansas. A scenario by Antonio Plasencia can be found here. An alternate scenario by Kurt Braunsroth can be found here.

Gaines Mill, 27th June 1862

On the 27th of June Lee launched the largest Confederate attack of the war, with some 57,000 men in six divisions. In the early afternoon, A.P. Hill ran into strong Union forces deployed along Boatswain’s Creek. This swampy stream, slopes and hasty defences provided a major obstacle against the attack. The resulting attacks across Gaines Mill resulted an intense battle, the largest of the Seven Days and the only clear-cut Confederate tactical victory of the Peninsula Campaign. While McClellan had already planned to shift his supply base to the James River, his defeat unnerved him and he abandoned his advance on Richmond. The scenario for Gaines Mill can be found here.

Cedar Mountain, 9th August 1862

Jackson assembled at Gordonsville and by the 1st of August had an army of 24,000 men which was his largest individual command to date. Aware of Lee’s hopes that Popes army may be defeated before it was assembled Jackson advanced on Culpeper, where several roads merged and which Jackson believed to be Popes assembly point. On August 6, Pope marched his forces south into Culpeper County with the objective of capturing the rail junction at Gordonsville, in an attempt to draw Confederate attention away from McClellan’s withdrawal from the Virginia Peninsula. In response to this threat, Jackson chose to go on the offensive, attacking Pope’s vanguard under Banks, before the entire Army of Virginia could be brought to bear on his position at Gordonsville. The scenario can be found here.

Second Corinth, 3rd & 4th October 1862

After the Battle of Iuka, Maj. Gen. Sterling Price marched his army to meet with Van Dorn’s. The combined force, under the command of the more senior Van Dorn, moved in the direction of Corinth, a critical rail junction in northern Mississippi, hoping to disrupt Union lines of communications and then sweep into Middle Tennessee. Rosecrans meanwhile has concentrated his army in at Corinth just in time to receive the attack. The sceanrio can be found here.

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