|5:00pm - Turn 28 - strategic situation|
Christmas festivities over - back to the battlefield! As more and more Union forces arrived at Jones Crossroads I remembered the massive disparity in artillery between the two armies. Yankee artillery units are mostly 6 guns, predominantly rifled weapons with massive ranges - stack three or four of those in hex and you can rout enemy units by artillery fire only. The Rebs quite often have artillery counters of only 2 or 3 guns with half the range. I decided that the Confederate position at Tilghmanton was becoming too exposed to massed Union batteries and began to withdraw Longstreet's forces to the west.
|Jackson's men continue to arrive on Longstreet's left flank|
|Longstreet's divisions retire to the west while presenting a coherent front to the enemy|
A difficult manoeuvre causing some traffic chaos.
The collision between the two armies at Jones Crossroads had been a bit haphazard. To fight a defensive battle with any hope of winning I need to choose my ground a little better. Night is approaching and I hope to hold a more sustainable position by morning.
|Overview of A.P.Hill's Division as Jackson's men move up through|
Downsville on Longstreet's left.
|D.H.Hill's Division is finally across the Potomac at Williamsport, but it is hard work.|
I think a large force of Federal cavalry is still embedded in the centre of the town
but I may attempt to bypass them to the south.
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