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ACW Gunboat Battle at Plum Point Bend

Posted by Andy on May 6, 2011 at 2:27 AM

April's "meeting" was hosted by Chris, in the Oak Room, and saw myself and Barry command the Union side and Ed and his son Philip command the Confederate side in recreating the Mississippi River battle of Plum Point Bend (May 10, 1862).



The naval battle at Fort Pillow, Tennessee (sometimes known as the engagement at Plum Point Bend) took place on the Mississippi River between ships of the Confederate River Defense Fleet, which consisted of a number of wooden sidewheel paddleboats converted to naval rams, and ships of the Union Mississippi River Squadron, which consisted of a number of ironclads, approximately four miles above Fort Pillow, Tennessee on May 10 1862, during the American Civil War. 



To comply with our club tenents, the Union ironclad caught napping near the four Union mortar boats was none other than the Robert Wubbenhorst (replacing the historical victim, the Cincinnati).  It of course took the brunt of the initial Rebel attack, suffering a ramming and the concentrated fire of most of the Southern cotton and tin clads.  She went down just as the other three ships of the Mississippi River Squadron came around the final bend in the river, upstream, and were able to start firing at long range.



Still, despite losing the Wubbenhorst and three of the four mortar ships, we Federals were able to first cripple and later sink three of the Rebel ships and damage several more.  Chris can give us the final tally but I think we agreed it was a marginal Confederate victory.




More photos are in the gallery.  Thanks for running this fun and exciting game Chris!

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Reply Chris
7:53 PM on May 8, 2011 
Official results;

I thought the confederates only lost two ships....if so it was a decisive victory to the rebels. With the loss of three ships it becomes a marginal victory. i hope everyone had fun. In the next ACW battle look out for Federal revenge!
Reply Andy
7:59 PM on May 8, 2011 
I guess it was just two. I know we hammered another and maybe it got off the north edge and that's the extra one I was thinking of.