A group of us here in Newport News, Virginia, convened to fight out the first battle of Stonewall Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign. This battle was at Kernstown, Virginia, which occurred in March of 1862 and featured a light snowfall on the field. The rules used were my own homegrown set, entitled Minieballs and PigStickers.
The historical battle was a meeting engagement between Brigadier General Shields’ Union Division and Major General Thomas Jackson’s Division. Shields, based in Winchester, attempted to draw Jackson north, where the Union forces could overwhelm the Confederates with numbers. Shields’ plan worked and the forces met at Kernstown on March 23rd, 1862. Jackson literally walked into a trap but, ever the firebrand, went on the offense immediately. Colonel Nathan Kimball’s brigade, supported by three batteries, was stationed on Pritchard’s Hill. Colonel Erastus Tyler was marching to Kimball’s right from the Union camp located to the north. Stonewall Jackson immediately ordered Colonel Samuel Fulkerson’s brigade to attack Pritchard’s Hill to allow the rest of the Confederates to maneuver to Sandy Ridge on the Union right flank.