Victory Results:
 61 %
Record a victory for BOTTOM ARMY  39 %
Total plays 38 - Last reported by ErikUitdebroeck on 2022-07-21 23:30:07

First Bull Run, Virginia
July 21, 1861

Historical Overview
The Confederates occupied a defensive position along the southern bank of a meandering river called Bull Run. With the bulk of his forces on his right, Beauregard planned to attack the Union left flank, but a little after sunrise on July 21, Union artillery was heard to the North. McDowell had moved first.
With three divisions, McDowell crossed at Sudley Ford and was pushing the only Confederate brigade on the left flank back, before Bee, Bartow, and Jackson marched to its support. At about 2 p.m., the Confederate line reformed along the reverse slope of Henry House Hill, with Jackson in command. Bee, encouraged by Jackson, shouted to the men in his command, “Look! There is Jackson standing like a stone wall! Rally behind the Virginians!” Thereafter, Jackson was known as “Stonewall Jackson” and his troops as the “Stonewall Brigade”.
The Union attack was halted, and a bitter struggle ensued for control of the hill. With the arrival of fresh troops, the Confederate line began to gain the upper hand and the Union forces withdrew. The Confederates had won the first major engagement of the Civil War.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.


Set-Up Order

Woods 2
Hills 6
Homestead 1


Union Army
Irving McDowell
Take 6 command cards
You move first


     un gen
9 1 1 1

Confederate Army
Pierre G. T. Beauregard
Take 6 command cards


7 2 1 2

6 Flags

Special Rules

 Related FAQs

I'm looking at the Staffing Notes for First Bull Run, which tells me that I need 6 flags to win. Say I'm playing as the Union, I occupy the Henry House as soon as possible and hold it, giving me 1 flag, I then manage to take out the Confederates 2 generals and 1 artillery, now giving me a total of 4 flags. Where do I get the other two? That is all of the flags on the board, save for my own two flagged units...

Review the Staffing Notes carefully. In the notes for First Bull Run, no flags are awarded to the Union for the capture of Henry House. The Generals and Units chart on page 6 tells you how to set up the units in a given scenario. Each unit in the game has a flag bearer piece which is awarded to the opposing player when it is lost. See: (BC:150 p.10) "For each hit scored, remove one figure from the target unit. Remove the flag bearer piece last. When the flag bearer (last piece) in the opponent's unit is removed, place it on an empty space of the victory stand on your side of the battlefield." Also: (BC:150 p.11) "The first player to capture the required number of flags for the selected battle scenario's victory conditions wins the game."

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kostas63 replied the topic:
2 years 7 months ago
Vittoria CSA 6-5. Mentre i sudisti si posizionano sulle colline il nord avanza sulle ali eliminando la fanteria confederata sulla sinistra. La cavalleria nordista carica con buon successo ma alla fine viene sopraffatta. Jackson grazie al suo carisma abbandona la posizione e avanza su Henry House creando scompiglio fra le file nordiste. Purtroppo resta ucciso costringendo Stuart a posizionarsi nel centro lasciando la cavalleria a proteggereil suo fianco. Anche Hunter perde la vita nelle mischie vicino a Henry House ma i nordisti non si demoralizzano. La battaglia termina sul filo del rasoio con un bombardamento di una batteria sudista appostata sulle colline che elimna un'unità di fanteria nordista già duramente provata.
DaveWoodchuck replied the topic:
9 years 8 months ago
Just got the game, and inaugurated it with a play of this battle from each side. It was a close run, the Confederates winning 6-5 the first time and 6-4 the second. I look forward to playing through all of these
Bayernkini replied the topic:
9 years 10 months ago
Grondeaux replied the topic:
10 years 3 weeks ago
Published first scenario.