Ripley's Station is a vital rail hub northeast of Richmond. In April of 1862 the Army of the Potomac has launched a major offensive to seize it. This has caught the Army of Northern Virginia somewhat by surprise. The attack force is made up of a division of cavalry and two divisions of infantry. The Confederates have rushed a division of cavalry and a lone division of infantry to drive off the attackers. The action begins at 6:00 A.M. on April 18, 1862.
Turn One: Smith's brigade of the 1st U.S. cavalry division leads the attack. It rapidly marches up the Jonestown Pike northwest of Ripley's Station. Smith's task is to clear any enemy units west of Brittle's Run. McMichael's small brigade of Condederate cavalry is desperate to hold off Smith's men and buy time for Grupier's infantry division to arrive and form a defense of Ripley's station. Purdy's 2nd brigade of rebel cavalry is also approaching through the town. Purdy's inferior leadership skills are apparent as his men sluggishly meander through the town. This stall's Turner's men.
|The 1st Ga moves up the Jonestown Turnpike to head off the Yankee invaders.|
|The 5th NY leads the way for Smith's brigade.|
|Turner's men move west of the town.|
|the 3rd Ga and the 5th NY collide on the Jonestown Pike.|
|Purdy's cavalry pick up the pace|
|Purdy's men prepare defenses along Brittle's Run.|
|Rebel horse artillery unlimber on high ground ahead of Rogers||' attack.|
|Turner's Georgians fire a volley into the flank of the 5th U.S., but to little effect.|