|Maj. Gen. Banks|
I had to make a few slight adjustments to the Union order of battle to deal with the fact I don't actually have any Union cavalry - so the lead cavalry division suddenly became infantry but otherwise I tried to stick to a good representation of the forces using the original Fire and Fury rules. I had the Union deploy historically but allowed the Rebels a freer hand.
|Lt. Gen. Taylor|
Brigadier General Albert L. Lee commanding the Union advance division found the Confederates in position overlooking the open ground between the Sabine Crossroads and Pleasant Grove. He sent a messenger back to General Banks but Bank chose to disbelieve Lee and ordered him to continue his advance. So our battle commenced with the entire Confederate force deployed at the end of the woods and the two Union brigades from Lee's Division having taken positions in the open ground in front of them. The Union 4th Division, XIII Corps under Colonel William J. Landram was still in march column advancing up the track towards Pleasant Grove with the remainder of Banks' men someway back amongst the massive wagon train which was blocking the road.
The Confederates saw the substantially outnumbered the lead Union Division and so charged out from the woods towards the Union lines.
|Bagby's Cavalry charging Dudley's Union Brigade|
|Randal's Confederate Brigade assaulting Lucas' Brigade|
|Mouton's Division advance in the centre|
Fortunately the Confederate cavalry didn't have the legs to hit the Union infantry column which gave them time to deploy. After their initial rebuff Walker's Texas infantry Division regrouped whilst the Union infantry took the chance to fall back towards Pleasant Grove.
|The Rebels regroup for a second attack|
|Bagby's Brigade charge into Vance's infantry Brigade|
With Vance's Brigade having checked the Union cavalry it gave time for Emerson's Brigade to form line and cover the retreat of Lucas's rather battered infantry. Then the fight for Pleasant Grove began.
With Landram's Division hard pressed defending Pleasant Grove, Union reinforcements in the shape of Brigadier General Robert A. Cameron and the 3rd Division of XIII Corp began to advance alongside the wagon train. But they had a long way to travel up through the woods and the Confederate attack wasn't slowing.
With the sheer weight of numbers telling Landram's Division bravely fought on and, despite having been outflanked by Rebel cavalry they were holding up a large part of the enemy infantry.
The remnants of Dudley's Brigade, who had fled from the first Confederate cavalry charge, were being pursued by the cavalry and decided to turn and make a fight of it.
|A devastating volley checks the cavalry|
Finally the weight of Confederate fire and numbers took its toll and the grim determination of Vance's Brigade couldn't hold them. The Union troops fell back but were outflanked by the advancing Rebel cavalry and were caught in an unenviable position.
With the lead Union Divisions crushed and the Rebels pillaging the front of the wagon train it looked like it was all over for the Union.
But finally hope was in sight as Brigadier General William H. Emory and the 1st Division of XIII Corp began arriving and forming up behind the stream.
|Emory's Division arrive and form up|
|The Confederate right|
|The Confederate left|
A fight began on the Union left and the Rebels put up a hell of a fight with charges being made by both sides. Waul's Confederate Brigade almost single handedly held up the main Union attack. And with the Confederate cavalry having regrouped and advancing around the flank of the Union their position began to look slightly precarious; however, the light failing allowed the Union troops to withdraw leaving the Confederates to celebrate their victory.