The Civil War

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Turn 32 June 1, 1862 9:00 am

Confederate. General Hill presses the attack although the Union has a powerful artillery presence. Hill orders three brigades forward to make a ranged attack. He keeps all three brigades at two hexes due to the enemy artillery. All three brigades maintain their morale despite experiencing significant losses. Then Rodes brigade fires at Peck’s troops with little effect. Next, Featherston and Rains combine in an attack against Sickles’ brigade and this inflicts severe damage. Nonetheless, Sickles forces remain in place.

Near Fair Oaks, General Sumner’s Corps orders defensive fire to no avail. Hampton’s Brigade joins in an attack with Hatton. Howard’s Brigade absorbs a loss, but holds its ground. General Richardson is leading from the front and survives the casualty check.

Union. Howard’s Brigade charges forward into contact with Hampton’s Brigade in the woods southwest of the rail station. Howard’s men stand fast amidst defensive fire from both Hampton and Hatton’s brigades. Again General Richardson is risking his life on the front lines. Hampton’s Brigade takes heavy losses, but maintains its defensive position. Then the 2nd Corps Artillery fires at Hatton’s brigade which has more losses. It is already wrecked.

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2:00 pm May 31, 1862

Confederate. Colson and Wilcox’s Brigades manage to advance farther along the Charles City Road and almost reach General Huger’s headquarters. General Johnston issues more orders. This time to General Longstreet at Hughes Tavern.

Longstreet’s orders are to attack the Union position at seven pines from the southern flank, approaching from the Charles Road at the junction with Portuguese Road. These orders will arrive at 3:30 pm. This is probably a mistake, as the flank is heavily wooded and allows for little maneuver and command control off the road. It might have been better to have Longstreet join Hill in the center. 

Since D.H. Hill had such good luck with his artillery fire, he orders another round against Palmer’s Brigade on the Williamsburg Road. Palmer’s brigade fails it’s morale check again and routs, losing three to stragglers. The liberal use of artillery seems to be paying off for now. Confederate artillery ammo 43 points.

Union. General Kearney’s 3rd Division continues to advance to Seven Pines to assist the Union’s faltering situation. General Couch orders his artillery to return fire against the rebel artillery. This only causes a morale check, which the enemy artillery passes. General Casey races over to the routing units of Palmer’s brigade and helps them to recover.

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Seven Pines The Gamers by ER Bickford

The Battle of Seven Pines May 31, 1862

This is the battle of Seven Pines, running from May 31st through June 1st of 1862. The Union has two corps that are deployed just to the north of the White Oak Swamp. The Federal 4th Corps commanded by General Erasmus Keyes is defending Seven Pines and has General Silas Casey’s 2nd Division deployed in the redoubt along Williamsburg Road. Fair Oaks Station is just the north of General Casey’s position. Meanwhile General Joseph Hooker and Brigadier General Philip Kearney are stationed east along the Williamsburg Road. General Samuel Heintzelman is in charge of the action.

The Confederates are led by General Joseph Johnston, who sees an opportunity to catch the Union forces in a weakened position, south of the Chickahominy.Johnston’s headquarters is set up at the Old Tavern on the Nine Mile Road. General D.H. Hill is deployed amongst the woods along the Williamsburg Road with orders to attack the Union position to the east and capture Seven Pines and then press onward to the next crossroads.

General Huger’s Division has orders to defend Charles City Road.

General Anderson’s Division has divisional goals. Pickett and Kemper have orders to move to the railroad along Gillies Creek near the Long’s place. Prior, Colson, and Wilcox have orders to join Huger in defending the Charles City Road.

Hampering all of the potential for the Confederate attack, is the fact that it has rained all night. Streams are going to cost a lot more in time to cross, plus 5 movement points. Additionally, the bridge over Gillies Creek has been washed out.

Meanwhile the Left Wing, led by General G.W. Smith, has orders to attack the Union position at Fair Oaks Station and then to move on to capture Orchard Station. These orders are in delay because of the waiting for Huger’s Division to trigger the action.