Last night Myself, Brian Buskell and ‘Kiwi’ Dave tried out the Regimental Fire & Fury (RFF) Rules, using 28mm figures. The battle we settled, the fight along the Chambersburg Pike on the first day of Gettysburg, was only small. It involved three regiments each side and a small amount of artillery (as per the map below). I got the scenario and map from the great book ‘Maps of Gettysburg’ by Bradley Gottfried and if you have the book start at page 89 for the story.
The first time playing RFF was a little slow for all of us however we did find that the rules and play sheets were quite easy to follow and easy to pick up. By the last couple of turns the game flowed nicely. In regards to how the battle went …….well it actually played almost to the letter of the real battle back on June 1st 1863. The 149th PA held for a period of time before being pushed back with over 250 causalities. The 143rd PA advance in support and stopped the 45th NC cold in the railway cut and eventually pushed them back to their start point. The 2nd NC was also caught in the railway cut and decimated almost to the last man. On the Union right the 150th PA held it’s grown well against the 31st NC, both units took heavy causalities. IN the end the Pennsylvania regiments held their grown, preventing the Confederates from taking the Chambersburg Pike and inflicted heavy causalities on much of Daniel’s brigade. Just to show how close we were to history…Col Stone was wounded and had to be removed from the battlefield, again as he did in 1863…..very interesting game.
Brander’s 12pdr Napoleon section supporting the Confederate right flank
149th PA holding the Railway Cut
45th NC and 2nd NC in support
The view from Chambersburg Pike to the Railway Cut, which saw the most savage fighting of the night
Brig.Gen Junius Daniel directs the movements of his battle lines
The savage battle for the Railway Cut begins
150th PA holds the Union left
Brig.Gen Junius Daniel converses with Mr Bender (below)
The 32nd NC advances towards the Pike
The 150th PA takes heavy causalities and is pushed back but holds and helps win the day