|Looking North down the Emmitsburg Road|
|The Union players preparing to defend.|
|Hood's division ready to assault|
Historically, the battle began with perhaps the fiercest exchange of artillery fire of the entire war. That was not the case today. The Confederates decided to charge straight away as they felt they had a huge numerical advantage. On the rebel right, Law's brigade stepped off only to be greeted by a hail of fire from the Union line. Five stands, representing 200 men historically, were knocked out of the line. That was more than the rookie commander could endure, so he decided to pull back on the next turn. On his right, our lone female player was a bit more cautious and had the only artillery battery on this end of the table at her disposal. She was able to disorder two Union regiments at no cost to herself.
|Law's losses, prompting a retrograde movement.|
In the center, the Confederate batteries tore their Union counterparts apart, throwing nines and tens almost exclusively. The consequence, however, was that several artillery caissons were quickly emptied and ammunition would be scarce for the remainder of the game. On turn two, Barksdale's men would attempt to charge the peach orchard, only to be thrown back with heavy losses from blasts of canister from the remaining Union batteries.
|McLaws' men before the attack|
|Barksdale attacking the peach orchard|
|The Union center|
On the Rebel left, DH Hill's two small brigades attempted to close with the more numerous Yankees facing them and were decimated.
|From DH Hill's position|
|Looking south down the Emmitsburg Road|
|DH HIll's Florida brigade taking losses in their ill fated attack|