The other two changes from the Rules As Written (RAW) address the tracking of disorder status and duration.
First, rather than track disorder via time chits, I simplified the process to a mathematical equivalency. Since Disorder is typically dished out in increments of 15 minutes and the Game Clock advances at a rate or 8 + 2D6 minutes, a unit will be disordered only until the next advancement of the Game Clock if the Game Clock Advancement Roll is 8+ (16 minutes or more). If this variable portion of the dice roll is less than 8, a unit will remain disordered after the next advancement of the Game Clock. It will remain in a Disordered state until the second advancement of the Game Clock. In simple terms, a Disorder Roll is introduced whereby a unit rolls 2D6 upon becoming disordered. If this result is an 8+ on the Disorder Roll, the unit is disordered one turn. Roll less than 8 and the unit is disordered for two turns.
Second, under RAW, a unit that passes its Capability Test (CT) in the Post Close Combat Capability Test maintains its position and remains in good order but cannot charge again for 15 minutes. Rather than track the 15 minutes on a time chit, a unit now becomes disordered and follows the rule given above. No longer is there a mandated, time moratorium on charging. A disordered unit may now charge at its own peril. My rationale is that even a victorious unit following close combat would likely suffer some effects of disorder and this change both addresses this inherent disorder and makes the effect easy to track. Heresy perhaps but it works for me and fits in with my sense of a likely post-combat disorder. Note that I implemented this change early in the game.
In the Battle Report photos, disorder is shown as either red 1 or yellow 2 markers denoting the number of "turns" of disorder. Heavy casualties are depicted by white casualty counters.
With those clarifications noted, time to proceed to the solo replay.
|Early minutes of battle|
Cox attaches himself to the 23 OHa and prepares to attack the 5 NCa on the Confederate right flank. In the center, the 30 OHa opens fire onto Bondurrant's guns causing one heavy casualty. Bondurrant's guns stand firm partially sheltered by the stone walls and fences bifurcating the fields.
With Cox leading the charge, the 23 OHa attacks the Tar Heels. Being raw, the 5 NC fires off an ineffective volley and then braces for the attack. At close range, the Ohioans best the Tar Heels. The 5 NCa takes two heavy casualties in the close combat, fails its Capability Test (CT), and then falls back in disorder suffering one additional heavy casualty. For their effort, the Ohioans become disordered suffering two heavy casualties.
|Ohioans attack the Confederate right|
|Bondurrant's guns precariously positioned|
0918. As the Game Clock advances to 0918, all units lose one level (turn) of disorder.
Cox leaves the 23 OHa and joins the 23 OHb at J. Beachley Farm. With Cox at the fore, the 23 OHb fires into the 5 NCb on the Ridge Road and then advances out from the woods to cover the 23 OHa's right flank.
The 12 OH charges out from the woods towards Bondurrant's guns. As the 12 OH closes, Bondurrant's guns belch out canister. The 12 OH suffers one heavy casualty but presses on. Possibly benefiting from the closed nature of the fields on the approach to the guns, the Ohioans losses are minimal while Bondurrant suffers three heavy casualties. Both combatants hold their ground. Not in an EZOC and taking no other action, the 23 OHa attempts to rally from its disorder. It succeeds.
|Fight for Bondurrant's guns!|
|Situation at 0932.|
|Attack on the guns!|
In the close combat, the Ohioans suffer one heavy casualty while the guns take two more. Both pass their Capability Tests. Despite being the center of Federal aggressions and no concern for his own safety, Bondurrant coolly continues to keep his advanced guns in action.
|Fight for Bondurrant's guns continues as casualties mount|
|Tar Heels of 5 NC flanked!|
|Hot time for Confederate guns|
|12 Ohio repulsed!|
|Bondurrant's guns scatter to the winds|
With Federal musketry having no noticeable effect upon the sheltered Confederate line along the Ridge Road, the 23 OHb fixes bayonets and charges the 5 NCb. The Federal attack goes in without having to endure any defensive fire. In the close combat, the Ohioans dish out two heavy casualties while suffering one in return. While the Tar Heels maintain their ground, the Ohioans are bloodily repulsed suffering another heavy casualty as they retreat back into the cover, disordered. The 30 OHa advances to the base of the Ridge Road with the West Virginian cavalry following closely. The 30 OHb advances to maintain contact with the 30 OHa.
|Federal left falls back as the center advances|
With the Federals at close range, both the 12 NC and 20 NC open up on their attackers. The 30 OHa suffers one heavy casualty, becomes disordered and falls back. The 30 OHb takes one heavy casualty but holds its ground. Garland joins the 5 NCb to bolster its resolve. Even with Garland's presence, the 5 NCb has had enough and breaks for the rear suffering one more heavy casualty as stragglers fall from the ranks.
|Both sides have regiments breaking for the rear!|
Well, that was a lot of action in the first hour of battle and a cracking game. Well suited to solo play. To allow the combatants and the chronicler a chance to catch their breath, the retelling of the action will be broken into two parts. The second and final hour of battle will be resumed next time.
While the Ridge Road is still firmly in Confederate hands, the loss of Bondurrant's guns significantly weakens Garland's position. The game is producing great drama as both sides fight tooth and nail to hold the heavily enclosed, Beachley fields. The raw North Carolinians on the Confederate right could not stand up to the attacks by the 23rd. Fortunately for the Rebels, the timely appearance by Rosser's dismounted cavalry put an end to that Federal flanking threat. For now, that is!
Casualties inflicted have been heavy. Many of the Federal regiments are already reduced to 50% effective. Is there enough fighting "punch" left in Scammon's Brigade to wrest control of the high ground from the North Carolinians? We will see next time when we pick up the action once again.