The scenario was generated using Platoon Forward from the Too Fat Lardies. The Union Player won the last game and was selcted as the attacked and Scenario F was rolled for Platoon Attack.
Set our below is an extract from the diary of J.C. Rogers Commanding Officer of the G Company 5th Texas - "Milam County Guards"
Dawn on the 16th we had our orders a galloper had come in overnight we are to hold the ridge line inflicting casualties on the approaching federals, a victory for the confederacy would be the loss of fewer men than those blue bellies who were approaching from the East.
I decided to amass in the centre, I recall reading a paper at WestPoint before the war about Wellington at Waterloo and how he sheltered behind the ridge line saving his forces until the time was right.
The Union came on, on a broad front; Smith soon spotted several federals on our left advancing through a corn field, his opening volley, killed a number of troops and wounded a giant of a sergeant urging his men on in the front rank.
I had little choice I could not go back as the Union left was moving fast to out flank me and I could not stay where I was as the hill top was very exposed with scant cover. I ordered the company to wheel right and headed for the right hand union force holed up in the cornfield, they were taking shock and the occasional casualty from Smith and his skirmishers.
I urged Lt Buckholt and his E Coy 4th Texas Cavalry to engage the Union forces in the cornfield. I figured that they would inflict enough disruption on the union line that G Company could drive them off with minimal losses to the Guards.
Buckholt’s charge went in leaping the picket fence and charging through the waist high corn, however this was not to be my Waterloo, The 1st Squadron failed to close as a crashing volley sent them running to the rear, a few men from the 2nd Squadron managed to engage with the union line but outnumbered 2:1 they too were forces back suffering a number of casualties.
On my left flank I called forward Lt Bean and his two sections to hold up the Union right who were filling the cornfield and cresting the hill. Bean's opening volley inflicted several casualties on the unmasked Union right including what looked to be a senior Officer.
However the weight of the Union army was beginning to tell and with little cover Lt Bean's casualties started to mount. Forcing him to retire behind the crest as more union troops joined the firing line.
With the Union left flank still holding its own in the cornfield I urged Lt Pool forward but his men failed to advance, my own troops were now receiving fire to their front and rear, I was lucky not to be wounded myself.
Union cavalry arrived on the flank of Lt Bean who took a number of volleys and he was forced to retire from the field.
Fearful of losing men in what was now a fruitless task I order the withdrawal of my company to the West. The New Yorkers had secured the high ground; we had inflicted a number of casualties on them but our own losses as the battle drew to a close and provided the Union with victory.
Valuable lessons had been learned today, I need to deploy a pickets to help spot the concentrations of enemy troops sooner and as my opponent stated I was 50 years tolate for Cavalry charges.
Cpt J. C. Rogers
5th Texas Infantry
Milam County had suffered their first casualties of the War.
6 Killed, 4 Wounded, 11 slightly wounded.
No officer casualties.
Marginal victory to the Union.