|This looks familiar|
Looking at the layout from my TFP scenario book, it appeared that the 72nd Indiana was set farther back, than I had them in the previous battle.
I opted to give Bates brigade a head-start onto the board, with visibility obscured by the hills between them and the Union position.
|Bates Brigade moves up|
I decided to have Bates focus on forcing the approaches to Beechgrove, while Johnson tried to roll-up the Western flank. The two brigades established their artillery in supporting positions and moved into the assault.
|Confederate situation at the end of turn 1|
|Union situation at the end of turn 1|
|This refight would test both sides of the bell curve|
|Really test them...|
|End of turn 4|
By turn 4 the tide had completely turned. The Union was loses stands 1:1 with the CSA and Wilder was lost to one of the frequent command checks. The 72nd managed to savage the to 2 regiments sent against it, but the Union center and right would be hard pressed the entire game.
A charge by the 17th TN in turn 5 carried the position from the 17th IN, gutting the Union center. The 123rd was spent, and the confederates made their roll to bring in Clayton's Brigade. I decided to end the scenario there, and try a different approach. The scenario seems a little too favorable to the CSA this time.
|End of Turn 5, the rolls were ridiculous, so it is time to re-cock.|