Things came to a conclusion today on my ACW week of Camp VIP. In this second battle the Confederates were to be the attackers. Early on, it seemed that the younger Yankee players might make things easier for the Rebs. They pushed out a brigade into cannon range and lost an entire regiment in a hail of shot and shell. However, this apparently brought the Union command team to their senses and they pretty much handled the Confederates from that point on.
On the Rebel left, the commander there made some progress. His counterpart in the middle did as well. But the Yankees simply fell back to a second line and prepared for the storm. On the Confederate right, waves of gray and butternut swept forward and had mixed success. In the end, though, there were just too many Yankees and the frail rebel regiments began to waste away after three or four turns of firefights and charges. They came close to their objective, but it all came to a screeching halt as two fresh brigades came onto the table and stopped the attack cold.
Again, these were great kids and we all had a terrific time.