Gettysburg:  Little Round Top: 2 July 1863  US

   The plan for the 2nd day at Gettysburg, was to concentrate forces, strengthen the overnight position and see if and where the Confederates attacked. The line was a 'fish-hook' shape, from Culp's hill, through Cemetery Hill and along Cemetery Ridge, as the rebels were basically on three sides of the Union army. The 2nd Corps position was in advance of the line of Cemetery Ridge, taking advantage of higher ground along the Emmitsburg Rd, but as a result, somewhat adrift of the remainder of the line. It became apparent during the day that an attempt was being made to out flank this forward left wing, and units were dispatched from other Corps to re-enforce the 3rd Corps as the attack developed. The difficulty was not to weaken the other areas of the line, where the rebels were also in force. Sykes particularly was alive to the tactical importance of the Round Tops, and made every effort to hold them.

   Terrain Rules: a) all stone walls are +1 in combat and -1 to fire, b) all woods are rough and block line of sight, orchards only block line of sight, c) Devil's Den counts as +2 to defend, -1 for firing, d) the Wheatfield is rough ground only, e) Plum Run is fordable along all its length.

   Amalgamated Units: Any units of the same Division, once spent, may be 'rallied and amalgamated'  by Ex Div. Commanders to fight more effectively. Units must be within 2" of each other to amalgamate. Thus 6 stands amalgamated, count as a worn veteran unit,  -/6/4 as long as the commander stays attached. Remove casualty stands as normal. Once the amalgamated Div is spent, any units remaining revert to single spent units, and the leader becomes unattached. If the Ex commander is killed whilst attached, all units revert to original status immediately. If killed in melee, apply melee results separately to each unit.

Army List: US

a. Sickles 3rd Corps Ex.

b. Birney's Div. Ex.

c. Graham's Br. 7/5/4

d. Ward's Br.11/8/6

e. de Trobriand's Br. 7/5/4

f. Smith's Batt. (Corps)

g. Winslow's Batt. (Corps)

h. Thompson's Batt. (Art. Res).

i. Biggelow's Batt (Art.Res.)

j. Phillip's Batt (Art. Res.)

(K. Sykes 5th Corps Ex.) 4.30pm @ A

k. Barnes Div. Ex

l. Vincent Br.7/5/3 Ex.

(m. Sweitzer Br. 7/5/4 4.30pm @ A)

(n. Tilton's Br. 3/-/2 5pm @ A)

(o. Ayres Div. 6.30 @ A)

(p. Day's Br. 8/6/4 Ex. 6.30pm @ A)

(q. Burbank's Br. 5/4/3 Ex. 7pm @ A)

(r. Weed's Br. 7/5/4 7pm @ A)

(s. Hazlett's Batt. (Corps) 4.30 @ A)

(t. Walcott's Batt. (Corps) 7pm @ A)

(u. Hancock's 2nd Corps  5pm @ B)

(v. Caldwell's Div. Ex.  5.30pm @ B)

(w. Zook's Br. 5/4/3 Ex.  5.30pm @ B)

(x. Kelly's Br. 3/-/2  5.30pm @ B)

(y. Brooke's Br. 4/3/2 Ex.  6pm @ B)

(z. Cross' Br. 5/4/3  6pm @ B)

Total: 79 infantry stands & 7 batteries.

  •  On table units start in single line, off table units enter in march columns, when and where indicated.
  •  Batteries of the Artillery reserve may not move unless forced to retire, when the may be redeployed by Sickles.

   First turn: no US, CS 4.30am     Last turn: US 8.30pm, no CS   (8 turns)

   Victory Conditions: 10 points if any unspent brigade is in possession of  the summit of Round Top, 5 points if any unspent unit is in possession of the summit of Little Round Top, 5 points per unit, if any unspent unit (excluding amalgamated units) is west of Plum Run at the end of the final US turn + normal VPs

  NB. To improve the game-play, I have eliminated some of the batteries present, as they dominate the game too much under these rules. Also, I have had to artificially sever the battle at the Peach Orchard, to make it playable in 3 hours. The Peach Orchard side of the assault will provide another scenario.