Battle of Seven Pines

In the late spring of 1862, the Confederation’s situation was very difficult. Under General McClellan, the Union army reached the gates of Richmond and launched a siege. On the Western Theater, the Confederates lost the forts of Henry and Donelson, and lost the Battle of Shiloh. The largest city of the Confederation and its main port – New Orleans, were also seized by the Union. In this situation, the collapse of the Confederate capital could mean a quick end to the war. The stakes were very high.

Unable to allow themselves to wait idly, the Confederates decided to attack. General Joseph E. Johnston, commanding their army, decided to take advantage of the division of Union forces across the Chickahominy River. McClellan expected a large corps of General McDowell to come from the north to bolster his forces at Richmond. For this reason, he redirected most of his forces north of the river. Johnston decided to launch a concentric attack on Union forces south of the river and defeat them using his local numerical advantage. This is the story of the Battle of Seven Pines, also known as the Battle of Fair Oaks.

We decided to check if the battle will end the same as in history. Will the Union be able to hold on before reinforcements arrive? Will the Confederates be better able to coordinate attacks?

I invite you to read the battle report.

We played the battle according to the rules: Gods of War: Robert E. Lee. The Union forces were commanded by Duderson, the Confederation forces Wasil and Wojtek K.

At the beginning, the Confederates had divisions of D.H. Hill, Anderson and Huger, but only Hill’s division was capable of a quick attack, the other two remained at a certain distance. In total, however, it was about 10 infantry brigades. The Union could oppose them 3 brigades from Silas Casey’s division and another 3 at some distance (Couch’s division).

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The Union’s right flank was forced beyond the abatis line by the Whiting Division, which kept attacking its flank. Due to the large losses of the Union, the Confederates also had an increasing numerical advantage. As a result of these losses, the morale of the Union army was on the verge of collapse.
Union forces holded area on the edge of the Twin Houses. Elsewhere, they have been pushed far away.

The battle ended with a victory for the Confederacy (20: 9, or 11 points difference).

In a real battle, the Confederate forces were unable to break through any further after their initial success. The battle continued the next day. In our case, the Confederates were also detained after initial successes, but after the arrival of Whiting’s Division, they continued their advance. They also inflicted large losses on the Union, which ultimately determined their victory. As you can see, the history turned out a bit differently

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