Charge! Issue 11


Issue 11 (Spring 2006)
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From the Editor’s Desk by Scott Mingus
Editor Scott Mingus discusses Johnny Con, the first all Johnny Reb gaming convention, which was held on May 20-21, 2006 in New Albany, Indiana.
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Missed Opportunity? Trimble’s Attack on Cemetery Hill: Wednesday, July 1, 1863 by Scott Mingus
Scenario: Trimble’s Attack on Cemetery Hill, Gettysburg Day One
Type: Hypothetical

Date: July 1, 1863
Game Rules: Johnny Reb 3
Scale: 15mm
Table Size: 4′ x 6′
Time (Turns): 5:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. (16 turns in JR3)
Union – Elements of the I Corps and XI Corps, Army of the Potomac
Confederate – Elements of Early’s and Anderson’s Divisions, Second Corps, Army of Northern Virginia

This hypothetical scenario involves one of the truly great what-ifs of the entire Civil War. What if Ewell had attacked the disorganized Union Army on Cemetery Hill on the evening of July 1? Would the attack have changed the outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg and the war? Or could the Union veterans have withstood the Southern onslaught?

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Vicksburg Campaign – Part 2: Battle of Champion Hill: May 16, 1863 by Scot Gore
Scenario: Battle of Champion Hill, Mississippi
Type: Historical

Date: May 16, 1863
Game Rules: Not Stated (Johnny Reb 3?)
Scale: 15mm?
Table Size: 5′ x 12′
Time (Turns): ? to ? (20 turns in JR3)
Union – Elements of the Army of the Tennessee (parts of McClernand’s XIII Corps and McPherson’s XVII Corps)
Confederate – Elements of Pemberton’s Army of Mississippi (Stephenson’s, Loring’s, and Buford’s Divisions)

The Battle of Champion Hill was the decisive action of the Vicksburg Campaign in hindsight. After Grant had pushed Pemberton off of Champion Hill and forced him back to Vicksburg, the Siege became a (rather bloody, as it turned out) formality. Author Scot Gore recommends only experienced players attempt this large scenario, which was originally designed for convention play.

Page 15
Sons of the South: Unit Histories of Select Southern Regiments: 25th Virginia Infantry by Robert Sweeney
Robert Sweeney uses the H. E. Howard book covering the 25th Virginia to give a page long briefing of the battles in which the regiment participated. In addition, a full color 15mm (I think) regimental flag is provided as well. I like this idea and hope to see more of these articles in the future.
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Hoover’s Gap: Wednesday, June 24, 1863: Beech Grove, Tennessee by Scott Mingus
Scenario: The Battle of Hoover’s Gap
Type: Historical

Date: June 24, 1863
Game Rules: Johnny Reb 3
Scale: 15mm
Table Size: 5′ x 6′
Time (Turns): 12 Noon to 8:00 P.M. (25 turns in JR3)
Union – 4th Division, XIV Corps, Army of the Cumberland
Confederate – Part of Stewart’s Division, Polk’s Corps

The Battle of Hoover’s Gap occurred during the Tullahoma Campaign of summer 1863 in middle Tennessee.

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ACW Gaming With Kids by Joe LePard
Joe LePard covers some easy ways to ease children into a game of miniatures wargaming with the goal of bringing new blood into the hobby. He also offers a small beginner’s scenario designed specifically with children in mind.
Page 19
Ask John Hill
The topics in this version of Ask John Hill include splitting batteries into sections, using balloons in JR3, larger regiments and their handling in JR3, and numerous questions on charges.
Page 22
A Furrowed Landscape: Creating Plowed Fields for the ACW by Doug Kline
Plowed fields are an extremely common terrain feature on a Civil War battlefield. Doug Kline, terrain guru extraordinaire, devotes only a short paragraph to the purchase of ready made fields, and goes into great detail on making your own. Doug describes using ready to finish resin, corduroy, or gel medium to complete these fields.
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The Sutler’s Corner: Variable Order Counters
Reviewed by Scott Mingus
Scott reviews these variable order counters from Fox Bases. These bases are a quick and easy replacement for the numerous counters one needs to issue orders in JR3. Instead of searching for the chit you need, you simply set the variable order counter to whatever order you want to issue.
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Dranesville, Friday, December 20, 1861: Fairfax County, Virginia
Scenario: Battle of Dranesville, Virginia
Type: Historical

Date: December 20, 1861
Game Rules: Johnny Reb 3
Scale: 15mm
Table Size: 3′ x 4′
Time (Turns): 1:40 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. (8 turns in JR3)
Union – elements of McCall’s Division
Confederate – mixed Infantry/Cavalry brigade led by J. E. B. Stuart

McClellan sent elements of McCall’s Division across the Potomac River into northern Virginia to intercept a foraging expedition under J. E. B. Stuart in the winter of 1861. This scenario depicts the resulting action in which Stuart was driven back with over 200 casualties.


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