UN01 Sharp´s Cornfield (Wilson´s Creek) - August 10, 1861

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Sharp´s Cornfield

(Wilson´s Creek)

August 10, 1861

Historical Overview
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.


Set-Up Order

Woods 10
Hills 4
Field 3
River bend 2
River straight 6


Union Army
Take 3 Command Cards



Infantry  Cavalry  Artillery  General
7 1 1 1

Confederate Army
Take 3 Command Cards
You move first



Infantry  Cavalry  Artillery  General
7 2 2 2

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Special Rules


Tags: Banners: 6, Unofficial, Army: Union, Army: Confederate, Special: None


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Garcia replied the topic: #735 1 year 3 weeks ago
From the printed file I have:

Sharp's Cornfield (portion of Battle of Wilson's Creek)


The out-numbered Union army under Gen. Nathaniel Lyons has pulled off a surprise attack, catching the secesh at breakfast. The attack overruns some Southern camps then smacks into the bulk of the hastily forming Confederates on what would become known as Bloody Hill.
Meanwhile, Col. Franz Sigel and his brigade have looped around to the rear of the Confederates undetected and are moving up Wilson's Creek, placing the southerners in a vise. He advances as far as the Sharp Farm, from where he can see the battle raging on Bloody Hill and a mass of confederates streaming in his direction.

Sigel assumes these are troops retreating from Lyons. He quickly positions his troops in a defensive line stretching across the Sharp cornfields to the banks of the creek. His plan is to stop the retreating rebels cold and pin them down as Lyons grinds forward with the main Union force.

However, Sigel was mistaken. The confederate camps were in chaos, but the soldiers headed his way were not a routed mob. It was an impromptu counterattack assembled on the fly by Gen. Ben McCulloch. About half the force was commanded by Col. Rosser of the Missouri State Guard. Bledsoe's battery and the Ft. Smith battery were hurried to high ground to support the assault and enfilade any thrust by Sigel's troops.

If Sigel held, the secesh army could be annihilated. Sigel's force consisted of 1,125 men plus a battery. McCulloch was coming at him with 1,340 men and two batteries.


This scenario is on a battalion level scale with each infantry and cavalry unit representing about 150 men. Here's the breakdown:

US Forces
3rd Mo. Infantry 500 men 3 infantry units
5th Mo. Infantry 500 men 3 infantry units
2 companies U.S. Cavalry 125 men 1 cavalry unit
Backoff's Mo. Battery 1 artillery unit
Brig. Gen. Franz Sigel 1 commander

CS Forces
Rosser's Mo. Infantry 500 men 3 infantry units
Battalion, 3rd La. 300 men 2 infantry units
McCrae's Ark. Battalion 220 men 1 infantry unit
Brown's Mo. Cavalry 320 men 2 cavalry units
Bledsoe's Mo. Battery 1 artillery unit
Ft. Smith Ark. Battery 1 artillery unit
Brig. Gen. Ben McCulloch 1 commander
Col. Thomas Rosser 1 commander

One infantry unit was added to each side to make a 6 banner victory level scenario.
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Mark MCG replied the topic: #335 7 years 2 months ago
this should be Trans-Mississippi theatre
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seanapdaniel replied the topic: #98 7 years 7 months ago
I assume this is a depiction of the fighting on Sigel's Front later in the battle. This was the position he mistakenly waited for Lyon to link up with him. Because he did not advance, the confederates were able to move their best troops to confront Sigel, then were able to move them back into battle against Lyon. Driving the Union piecemeal from the field due to their numbers. This is a Trans-Mississippi Battle. As for cards, Sigel stalled out allowing McCullock to seize the day. I would give the Union 3 card the Confederates 4.