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Wednesday, 25 November 2020

First Action at Rabbit Run - Part 1

 My newly painted and reorganised Spencer Smith figures have deployed for their first action - the battle of Rabbit Run.

1861, CSA General Spencer's Division has been detached to rapidly move forward to seize and hold the high ground overlooking the crossing of the Rabbit Run river. The Union has a similar idea and General Smith is rushing up the Turnpike with his division, with a very similar Mission.  The forces of Generals Spencer and Smith are about to collide.

The battlefield is shown below, looking from the North (Union side), with Rabbit Run snaking from North around to the east.  Key features are Warren Ridge, Twin Buttes and Mole Hill, with its farm on top:

The organisation of the two forces are:

Spencer's Division CSA:

Buller's Brigade

Texas Regiment,

Alabama Regiment

B Battery Artillery

C Battery Artillery

Johnson's Brigade

Kentucky Regiment

Mississippi Sharpshooters

Georgia Regiment

Virginia cavalry

A Battery Artillery

The Texans have deployed forward and are defending a wheat field on the east flank, amongst some trees, with C battery in support:

The Alabama regiment are working their way onto Warren Ridge, with B battery in support:

On the West flank the Georgia regiment holds Mole Hill, with A Battery and the Virginia cavalry in support:

Meanwhile, the Mississippi Sharpshooters hold the Corn Patch, with the Kentucky regiment in Reserve:

General Smith's Union Forces consist of:

Reeve's Brigade:

Iowa Regiment

New Jersey Regiment

No 3 Battery Artillery and Vermont cavalry in Support.

Parson's Brigade:

New York (Zouaves) Regiment,

Illinois Regiment,

Berdan's Sharpshooters

Nos 1 & 2 Artillery Batteries in support.

The Union have pushed the Iowa regiment up along the Turnpike, while the New Jersey regiment advance up the Twin Buttes:

On the west flank Parson's Brigade is deployed facing Mole Hill, behind the snake fences of the Wheatfield:

The battle is about to commence - more later


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    1. Thanks, although a bit of a struggle with recent overcast skies!

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    1. The design is based upon Donald Featherstone's ACW demonstration game.

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    1. Thanks Matt, I am very pleased with the way that they have turned out.

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    1. The figures take gloss paint well giving that Old School look.

  5. A familiar looking battlefield... And a fine, uncluttered and pleasing set-up, Bob!

    1. Well spotted, I have very much based this, albeit much compressed, upon Featherstone's Platteville Valley action.

  6. Hmm ! I seem to have seen that battlefield somewhere else ? , great looking action .

    1. I can tell that you are an avid reader of Featherstone's books, as mentioned above, I have based this battle upon the Plattville valley action.

  7. That is a very effective and simple looking table - lovely!

    1. Thanks Steve, I try to have an interesting table that is not too cluttered, allowing space for the figures. Also attempting the Old School feel at the same time.

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    1. Thanks Jef, these figures tend to bring out that old school appeal in all of us.

  9. Splendid Bob...
    Lovely toy and a classic scenario...

    All the best. Aly

    1. Indeed a classic, although I had to adapt it to the available space.

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  11. A lovely looking table Bob, somehow I nearly missed it!, luckily Peter Johnstone put it on TMP.