After our rebuff in The Wilderness we quickly reformed as our army continued an on going series of manoeuvres and battles against Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Part of my division (29 CT & 88 NY) had not been present at our defensive action on the hills and they now joined us as our remaining units recovered. No immediate artillery replacements were available for our lost battery, and the wonderful “Fighting Sixty-Ninth” was finally disbanded as there were less than half a company of men left in the regiment. Likewise the redoubtable 4th Vermont was lost to us – the last of it’s men falling into enemy hands after their brave stand in the last battle. On the positive side I have developed a strong rapport with the 5th Wisconsin and their Colonel, and a surprise visit by The President during this time greatly boosted the 5th Wisconsin’s morale and enthusiasm!
On the Confederate side Major General A.P.S. Longman was apparently again acclaimed a hero in Richmond, and an especial write-up in the Petersburg Chronicle made much of his saving the Confederacy that day, adding further to his glory (+2 VPs). Meanwhile his division had received new guns for the Lynchburg Artillery Battery (some we believe salvaged from our overrun 2nd New Jersey Battery), and a fresh regiment, the 24th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment under the command of Colonel Sanders.
My division, around the 9 May 1864, was constituted as follows:
- 1st Minnesota (Strength 3)
- 2nd New Hampshire (Strength 2; Veteran)
- 4th “Magnificent” Maine (Strength 3; Old Reliable’s)
- 5th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment (Strength 9; Old Reliable’s)
- 6th New Jersey (Strength 4; Veteran)
- 29th Connecticut (Coloured) Infantry Regiment (Strength 8)
- 54th “Unstoppable” Massachusetts (Coloured) (Strength 2; Veteran)
- 88th New York Infantry Regiment (Strength 9)
- 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment (Strength 3)
- Battery L, 1st Ohio Light Artillery (2 x Rifles)
- Battery A, Maryland Light Artillery (2 x Napoleons; 1 x Howitzer)
- Victory Points Accumulated: 25
Major General Longman’s Confederate division was believed to be formed of the following:
- 1st Texas (Strength 5; Veteran)
- 9th South Carolina (Strength 6; Veteran; Sharpshooters)
- 10th Alabama (Strength 4; Veteran)
- 11th Virginia “RWTP” (Strength 5; Veteran; Old Reliable’s; Sharpshooters)
- 14th North Carolina (Strength 3; Veteran; Hero)
- 14th Louisiana (Strength 3; Veteran)
- 24th Georgia Infantry Regiment (Strength 9)
- 2nd Virginia “Lynchburg Cougars” Cavalry (Strength 2)
- 4th Virginia “Deadly On 2 Legs” Cavalry (Strength 4; Veteran)
- “Lynchburg” Artillery Battery (1 x Rifle; 2 x Napoleons)
- Victory Points Accumulated: 43
Even as I write this our manoeuvring continues and we have regular minor engagements and bickering with the enemy… Perhaps this will be the grand campaign that finally ends the war and reunites the Union?
Continue reading our Marching On Richmond Campaign: Sam Mustafa’s Longstreet.