Event - Battle of New Markert

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Date/s: 09-12-2017
Time: Any time during Gaming Hall Trading Hours
Game Limit: No limit set
Cost: No Charge
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 Today we will be hosting a large Black Powder game recreating the Battle  of New Market. 

If you have 28mm American Civil War miniatures you are welcome to bring them down otherwise we will have plenty which you may borrow to use. 

Stolen straight from Wikipedia here is some historical information about the battle. 

The Battle of New Market was fought on May 15, 1864, in Virginia during Valley Campaigns of 1864 in theAmerican Civil War. A makeshift Confederate army of 4,100 men, which included cadets from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), forced Union Major General Franz Sigel and his army out of the Shenandoah Valley. The Cadets were essential for the Confederate victory at New Market.

In the spring of 1864, Union commander in chief Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant set in motion a grand strategy designed to press the Confederacy into submission. Control of the strategically important andagriculturally rich Shenandoah Valley was a key element in Grant´s plans. While he confronted General Robert E. Lee´s Army of Northern Virginia in the eastern part of the state, Grant ordered Major General Franz Sigel´s army of 10,000 to secure the Valley and threaten Lee´s flank, starting the Valley Campaigns of 1864. Sigel was to advance on Staunton, Virginia in order to link up with another Union column commanded by George Crook, which would advance from West Virginia and destroy the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad and other Confederate industries in the area. Sigel´s force totaled about 9,000 men and 28 cannons, divided into an infantry division commanded by Brig. Gen. Jeremiah C. Sullivan and a cavalry division commanded by Maj. Gen. Julius Stahel (detachments made during the campaign reduced the Union force to about 6,300 by the time of the battle).[5]

Receiving word that the Union Army had entered the Valley, Major General John C. Breckinridge pulled together all available forces to repulse the latest threat. His command consisted of two infantry brigades under John C. Echols and General Gabriel C. Wharton, a cavalry brigade commanded by General John D. Imboden, and other independent commands. This included the cadet corps of VMI, which had an infantry battalion of 247 cadets commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Scott Ship and a two gun artillery section. Breckinridge concentrated his infantry at Staunton, while Imboden slowed Sigel´s movement southward along the Valley.[6] On the morning of May 13, Breckinridge decided to move north to attack Sigel instead of waiting for Sigel to reach Staunton. By the evening of May 14, Sigel´s advance forces had reached a position north of the village of New Market, while Breckinridge was at Lacey Spring eight miles south of New Market. The Confederates started towards the Union positions at 1 a.m. on May 15, hoping to trap and crush the Union army.[7]