As Sherman marches on the sea, one of Taylor's junior generals, Lt. General Ennis, is sent to protect the agricultural centre of Gallow's Wood with a small division (8 Rifles, 2 Jaeger, 2 Cannon).
As he prepares his defences, a Northern division under General Bartlett (8 Rifles, 2 Jaeger, 2 Cavalry) comes a-knocking. Desperate to spare the town, Ennis advances to battle through the cornfields, blocking the road and daring Bartlett to come to him. The forces meet just as Bartlett exits the small copse known as Gallow's Grove...
|McCullough (left) advances against the Union right.|
|Bartlett orders a general advance.|
|Union rifle fire recoils the Confederate guns.|
|Caley's doughty skirmishers hold off McCullough's entire brigade.|
|A wing battalion disperses under heavy fire.|
|Weight of fire starts driving Caley back.|
|The Union centre bounds forward & McCullough's skirmishers attack their flank.|
|The shattered remnants of Caley's command withdraw.|
|As dusk settles, the Confederates command the south & east.|
|Bad dice and Confederate cannon fire shatter the Union centre and drive back the wing.|
|Caley's men finally founder.|
|McCullough's skirmishers break the remaining centre battalion.|
|In one last, desperate, gallant charge, the Union cavalry achieve next to nothing.|
|As the day dies, Bartlett grimly orders a general withdrawal.|
Man of the Match: Imaginary commander Caley, of the Union Jaegers. Those boys held up 5 elements with 2 for most of the game. It didn't do much, but damned if it wasn't an impressive holding action.