The American Civil War    
  Camp Wildcat; 21 October 1861   scale: 1:50, start: 9am, dark: 7pm, 1 game turn = 30 min, 2 guns = 1 stand
     
 

Brief background:
The battle of Camp Wildcat was part of the Kentucky Confederate Offensive Campaign, aimed at establishing a buffer and new recruiting ground in the neutral state. In July, Confederate Brig Gnl Zollicoffer moved on Kentucky from the rebel state of Tennessee. At the same time, Col Garrard, a grandson of an ex Kentucky governor, was recruiting a new Union regiment and was in September ordered to guard the crossing point at the Rockcastle River. His men were raw, with no more training than how to fire a musket. Still, Garrard dug himself in while Zollicoffer's force slowly crawled forward through the muddy, forested terrain. Garrard sent for urgent reinforcements. These arrived on the 20th in the form of a Union brigade under Brig Gnl Albin Schoepf. On the morning of the 21st, Zollicoffer attacked. Several assaults were ordered up the wooded slopes throughout the course of the day, but all were beaten back and Zollicoffer withdrew during the night. Less than 100 men fell in this engagement between untrained troops, more than 12000 of whom took part in the fighting. Disease and illness would claim far more.

The refight:
Jeremy had to be forgiven for feeling isolated on top of Hoosier Knob, faced with the might of three full Tennessee regiments and Julio lost no time in launching them at the him. It looked for all money that the enthusiastic charge would roll over the defenders, but the assault was checked. A second one, this time in double line, was immedia- tely readied however and launched at the knob. The Union cavalry had meanwhile moved out from behind the barricades and had taken position in the woods on the left. Their additional fire helped stem the second assault. And so it went on while the Confederate cause was not helped by the slow movement of the 11th Tennessee, commanded by Marius, who took up position to assault to the West of Hoosier Knob. By then Garrith had brought his artillery and the 17th Ohio in position and the combined firepower proved sufficient to stop the Confederate tide. By the time the Confederate reinforcements arrived on table, their losses had been so severe that they felt they could no longer win the contest and withdrew from the field, as did their historical counterparts. The 7th Kentucky and 15th Mississippi had all the while largely been eyeing each other out from a safe distance, finding no good reason to jeopardise the Western flank of the field. A Union victory as historically.

Game notes:
- Units of more than 10 stands may be split into 2 sub-units, but must remain within 3" of each other. They suffer attrition as if they were 1 unit.
Union objective: Prevent the Confederates from taking the heights and entering Kentucky proper.
Confederate objective: Defeat the blocking Union force so as to penetrate the Pro-Union state of Kentucky and turn it pro-Confederay.

 
     
 
 
     
 
UNION FORCES
C-in-C: Brig Gnl Albin Schoepf
  33rd Indiana infantry regt, 4 coys 400 8/7/5 green
Col Joh Coburn 33rd Indiana infantry regt, 4 coys 400 8/7/5 green
  1st Kentucky Cavalry regt 300 6/5/4 green
  7th Kentucky 1/2 infantry regt 500 10/8/6 green
Col T. Garrard 7th Kentucky 1/2 infantry regt 500 10/8/6 green
  Kentucky home guard 800 16/13/19 green
Col J. Steedman 14th Ohio infantry regt, 3 coys 300 6/5/4 green
  17th Ohio infantry regt, 4 coys 400 8/7/5 green
Capt William Standart Battery B, 1st Ohio 6 guns 3 stands  -
Col M Connell 17th Ohio infantry regt, 4 coys 400 8/7/5 green
Reinforcements move onto table at 11am
  1st East Tennessee infantry regt 800 16/13/19 green
Col Edwin Bradley 2nd East Tennessee infantry regt 800 16/13/19 green
  38th Ohio infantry regt 800 16/13/19 green
 
     
 
 
     
 
CONFEDERATE FORCES
C-in-C: Brig Gnl Felix Zollicoffer
Col Newman 17th Tennessee 1/2 infantry regt 500 10/8/6 green
  17th Tennessee 1/2 infantry regt 500 10/8/6 green
Col Powell 29th Tennessee 1/2 infantry regt 500 10/8/6 green
  29th Tennessee 1/2 infantry regt 500 10/8/6 green
Col Rains 11th Tennessee 1/2 infantry regt 500 10/8/6 green
  11th Tennessee 1/2 infantry regt 500 10/8/6 green
Col Statham 15th Mississippi 1/2 infantry regt 500 10/8/6 green
  15th Mississippi 1/2 infantry regt 500 10/8/6 green
Col Battle 20th Tennessee 1/2 infantry regt 500 10/8/6 green
  20th Tennessee 1/2 infantry regt 500 10/8/6 green
  2nd Tennessee Cavalry 300 6/5/4 green
Capt Rutledge Battery 1, Tennessee Artillery 6 guns 3 stands  -
 
 
 
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