These pages are devoted to DWGs 2002 mega-game, occupying the majority of the membership, which was held in early 2002 and lasted around 12 weeks – a refight of Gettysburg in full…though the pages aren’t a battle report in the strictest sense, they offer a flavour (with pix) of the clubs activities.
The table was approximately 14 feet by 6 feet and stretched from Culps Hill/Gettysburg to the Round Tops.
The first contact – Confederate troops deploy to the south of Gettysburg village as Federals descend Culp’s Hill towards them.
In the background, a slightly less-than-historically hirsute R.E. Lee wonders why Hill’s corps isn’t getting stuck in…
The two leading corps face off against one another.
In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s a 15mm battle. All troops provided by members, all terrain from the club’s permanent collection. If you ask Joe nicely, he won’t let you use it but he may moderate his invective in the refusal…
A close-up of the town of Gettysburg with the tail of a Union brigade making themselves scarce.
The rules used were Fire & Fury, though there is still some debate as to whether the game was a succession of the Gettysburg scenarios provided by that ruleset, or just a big, contiguous slug-fest.
The view from the Union observation balloon. The first two Federal Corps to arrive have now deployed but are under pressure.
A P Hill watches his boys moving up to invest Gettysburg village.
Some fierce hand-to-hand combat rages in the lanes and fields around the village.
The Federals seem to be getting the worst of it so far.
Day 2. The view from the Union left flank. In the foreground are the Round Tops, the Peach Orchard is to the left (masking Devil’s Den) and the Union Centre spreads out in the background.
The Union line has extended, but (front left) Sickles has advanced his Corps well beyond the line of the ridge. A mistake or genius?
The three Union Corps in the centre are massed to repel a frontal assault. Surely no-one with a reputation as inflated as Lee’s would consider such a lunacy?
Ewell’s Corps is launched against Culp’s Hill. It’s supposed to be co-ordinated with Longstreet’s assault on the (supposedly) unoccupied Round Tops but Old Peter (Longstreet) is never one to act in haste…