One of the best and most challenging MPs since I joined this group early this year.
For the first time in a while, our 3 corps started the battle within cooperative distance. 2nd ordered us to advance to a north/south ridge with a road running along the crest in that direction. I was to deploy on the ridge facing south east with 2nd on my left/north, Chi on my right/south. All was going according to plan until 2nd got slammed in the north. Then the "fog of war" moved in. 2nd called for help. The magic of the fog on communications had Chi continue his advance in column north on the ridge top road passing directly through my divisions as they deployed on the ridge top facing southeast as a reb division appeared from that direction. I had Sedgewick and Slocum deployed to defend the ridge and were handling the reb attack head on.
Then Jackson arrived. I had been monitoring a reb force south of my position, but they appeared to be stationary or moving slowly. Leave it to the MP Jackson to bring the same aggressiveness as the historical figure. No hesitation, he advanced north up the same road as recently utilized by Chi, deployed 3 regiments at about 150 yards, and the game for control of the ridge was on. I positioned a reserve brigade facing his lead units. His boys began to deploy off the ridge pressuring my right. I was able to position a second reserve brigade to a series of small hills and woods at right angle to the ridge- good defensive positions to hold off the reb attempts to extend around the right flank. My corp held against repeated assaults but finally realized I needed help. Chi to the rescue. He send a couple brigades south and advanced to reinforce my left on the ridge. This allowed me to move some of my boys to my right as the rebs kept extending.
We held for some time, but the rebs just kept on coming. My boys were new feeling the effects of casualties (my corp lost 12,000, although we inflicted 19,000) and fatigue was now a serious factor. Chi's boys finally began to waver from the two direction attack on the ridge. We called for help and 2nd responded with a couple brigades that reinforced Chi's boys just as they were ready to fall back. From that point we were able to hang on until battle end, which was good for me. I finally had effective troops available at the end of a battle.
Great fun, but I'll let someone else handle Jackson next time.
First is looking from Jackson's advance north up the road on the ridge top. A good view of the ridge top contested all day on the right of our position.
Second is Jackson's boys advancing out of the woods on the ridge top, a sight we got used to seeing all day long in that area of the battle.
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"There are times when a corps commander's life does not count..." Major General W.S.Hancock- "Thunderbolt of the Army of the Potomac"