So, let's see the photos:
|The brave Rebel defenders of Fort Donelson!|
|Dover under "Aerial Spying!"|
|A Union Division attempts to turn the Rebel right flank.|
|The entire table looking north over Dover to Fort Donelson - The Cumberland river is on the right.|
There was also a re-supply component to the Confederate play where they had to use a train (visible at the bottom of the overall table photo above) or their river boat to re-supply the heavy artillery in Fort Donelson. The supplies were dropped off in Dover and then moved by wagons to the fort itself. We did manage to get two wagons worth of supplies to the fort before the supply line was cut and never did have to slacken our fire from the big guns.
The battle was a pretty even affair until the Union managed to dock their transport river boat right near the fort, disembark a brigade of infantry and two heavy mortars and proceed to bombard our brave defenders of states' rights into oblivion! The gunboats did some pretty significant damage to the fort and to the Confederates trying to hold open the supply route between Dover and Fort Donelson.
Just overall a beautiful game to look at and a very fun game to play in. The rule set worked really well and while simple in many ways, it plays very close to what one would read a battle being like in the American Civil War. I hope to play in another one very soon!