Sunday, 8 September 2013

Battle of Gettysburg - Saturday

It's been a long time since the Gettysburg weekend and I've completely forgotten to post the photos despite having sorted them some weeks ago.

The weekend in the whole I found quite fun. It was certainly interesting to see the battle from Robert E. Lee's perspective. The confederates really were outmanned and outmatched so it does make you wonder why on earth Lee decided to gamble his army on such an unlikely victory. Then again Lee didn't have the benefit of hindsight that has granted us a more encompassing knowledge of the battlefield.

I took the role of William D Pender and was part of Hill's Corp responsible for taking cemetery ridge. I never really knew much about Pender before this game but after doing a little research I found he was one of the most promising generals of the war. Unfortunately he was killed at Gettysburg after a shell fragment hit him in the thigh and he had to be evacuated. An artery later ruptured in his leg and while the surgeons amputated his leg in an attempt to save his life he still died a few hours later. I however managed to keep Pender alive for the whole weekend so a slightly better outcome this time round  :)

Here are some photos of my deployment:

And then the broader battlefield:

These are the last couple of photos from the Saturday. Originally our orders had been to hold while the Confederate right flank swept over the Round Tops and rolled up the Union left. After some initial success however it became clear that the seemingly endless stream of Union reserves were going to hold the Confederate attacks back and we were left to make our own decision. we weren't really keen on the idea of spending the whole day staring at a table full of models and doing nothing so all the divisions around Cemetery Ridge decided to throw caution to the wind and see if we could sweep the dirty Yanks from the hill.

Sunday's photos are all sorted so I'll get them up when I have a chance and you can see the final outcome of the fighting around Cemetery Ridge.

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