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Altar of Freedom – Battle of Stones River (Murfreesboro)

My Union troops based on sabots for Altar of Freedom got their first outing yesterday when we used the  rules to stage  a refight of the Battle of Stones River (Murfreesboro to the rebels) at the South East Scotland Wargames Club.

Battle1

 

Battle2I was  playing George Thomas commander of the Union  Centre Wing, and was charged with launching an assault across Stones River.  This attack ground to a halt in face of considerable firepower, so I withdrew and redeployed slightly to my left, astride the Wikinson Turnpike.

Battle4For some strange reason the Confederates charged across the river before I could launch my own attack.  The rebels  were easily driven off and my counterattack  was hugely successful, with Walker’s Brigade launching a spectacular charge that shattered several Rebel brigades and which reached the outskirts of Murfreesboro itself.   All in all an excellent battle for my  new recruits.

I am highly impressed with the Altar of Freedom rules, they give a game that’s great fun, fast to play and which seems to do a good job of representing higher level tactics of the ACW.  Not that I know much about that 🙂

All the troops on the table are from Pendraken.   There’s six of us involved in this project and between us we’ve got enough troops to fight just about any battle from the war.

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