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Author Topic: CapnJim's ACW Stuff - Complete Battle of Mill Springs AAR (30 Sep 2022).  (Read 1614 times)

Offline CapnJim

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Re: CapnJim's ACW Stuff - Battle of Mill Springs (Sort of) AAR (28 Sep 2022).
« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2022, 04:36:22 PM »
Now for the bridge!

Carter's Union Brigade moved more regiments, and their battery, across the east ford.  Meanwhile, Carroll's Confederate Brigade began their move into the Mill Springs village.

Over at the west ford, McCook's Brigade formed line at the ford, while Zollicoffer's Brigade finally moved down toward the ford. 

In the center, Manson's Union Brigade faced off against elements of both Confederate Brigades.  The battle was heating up all across the line.  But the Confederate cavalry was nowhere to be found...

Until now.  Both battalions of Confederate Cavalry finally showed up at the south road, and headed straight for the bridge.

While both armies traded musket and cannon fire all along the line from the village to the west ford, both sides taking casualties, the Confederate cavalry charged across the bridge.  Had they taken it?

Alas, no.  Union musket and cannon fire sent them galloping back across the bridge.  Thomas's Union Division still held the bridge and both fords.

To be further continued...
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Re: CapnJim's ACW Stuff - Battle of Mill Springs AAR - Next Part (29 Sep 2022).
« Reply #16 on: September 30, 2022, 03:59:21 PM »
Great looking game! Thank you for sharing!
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Re: CapnJim's ACW Stuff - Battle of Mill Springs AAR - Next Part (29 Sep 2022).
« Reply #17 on: September 30, 2022, 06:10:04 PM »
Great looking game! Thank you for sharing!

You're welcome!  And now, as the great American commentator Paul Harvey used to say, the rest of the story...

What about the west ford?

At the village and the east ford, Carroll's Confederate Brigade could not reduce the Union bridgehead that Carter's Brigade had established.  Both brigades blazed away at each other.  Once the Confederate's Tennessee Cavalry was chased back across the bridge, they went in to try to help Carroll's Brigade.  That didn't work either.  While Carroll's Rebels and Carter's Yankees blasted away at each other, things really heated up on the other side of the battlefield.

At the bridge, Manson's Union boys and a couple Regiments of Confederates fired at each other across the river, slowly whittling each other down.

But at the west ford, one of Zollicoffer's Regiments stormed across the ford.  They were met with a hail of musket and cannon fire, sending them back the way they came.

By now, Carter's Union Brigade had firmly taken the east ford.  The Rebs had tried to take the bridge and the west ford, but were beaten back.  But Confederate numbers had started to come into play.  The last part of the battle settled into a musket and cannon duel, and the Union boys at the bridge and the west ford had finally had enough, and skeddadled back north.  This left only Carter's battered Brigade on the south side of the river at the east ford. 

As night fell, Zollicoffer's brigade, while having suffered casualties, controlled the west ford as they finally drove McCook's Union brigade away from it.  Same at the bridge - Manson's Union Brigade had broken and fled north.  At the end of the battle, Carter's Union Brigade had fought Carroll's Confederate Brigade and the Tennessee Cavalry to a bloody draw and still held the east ford.  Zollicoffer's Brigade, while they had not taken the west ford, controlled it.  No one, however, really controlled the bridge.

So, it was technically a tactical draw.  But given that 2 of the 3 Union Brigades were broken, we figured it was a Confederate strategic victory - Carter's Union Brigade would be forced to retreat back across the east ford overnight, and the battered Confederate army had just enough strength left to cross the river the next morning and continue their drive north, deeper into Kentucky.

It was indeed a near-run affair, but in the end, confederate numbers prevailed just enough.

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Re: CapnJim's ACW Stuff - Complete Battle of Mill Springs AAR (30 Sep 2022).
« Reply #18 on: October 05, 2022, 04:30:13 PM »
Can't believe I've missed this thread - great stuff all around!

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Re: CapnJim's ACW Stuff - Complete Battle of Mill Springs AAR (30 Sep 2022).
« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2022, 03:05:44 PM »
Thanks, glenning.  Appreciate it!  :)

 

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