Monday, July 1, 2013

150th Anniversary of Gettysburg battle

My eleventh year of camp VP got under way today, and what better way to get things started than to recreate the first day of the greatest battle ever fought on the North American continent?  Nine young commanders and two incredible assistants assumed their roles enthusiastically as the game began.

Buford's cavalry division was deployed along Seminary Ridge.  He had two batteries to support his dismounted troopers.  These he posted adjacent to the road.  From here they did significant damage to Heth's Confederates as they tried to deploy and advance on the thin blue line.

By day's end, Archer's brigade was pretty well spent in its attack on the Union left flank, but Pettigrew was on the verge of crushing Devin's brigade on the right, Devin himself being mortally wounded on the last turn.  Tomorrow the game will resume with Merideth's Iron Brigade making its appearance.  Cutler's regiments will soon follow.  The rebels also have two more brigades coming on, so things are still very much up in the air.  Heth's losses have been heavy; Buford's moderate.  Here are some pictures from today's action.

Archer's brigade receives a hot welcome from Buford's artillery

At the end of the day, hundreds of Confederates have fallen in trying to take the ridge.

Gamble's brigade holds the left against significant odds.

The Union center at the beginning of the game.

Another shot of the Union center.



  2. The battle has definitely been interesting so far, I hope tomorrow's conclusion will be just as fun. There's certainly a lot of opportunities for both sides, we'll see who seizes the moment!