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Pea Ridge Visual Reference

I live a short distance from the Pea Ridge American Civil War National Battlefield and went there this morning to kick around and get myself inspired for the upcoming ACW wargaming hijinx.

The park is a great place to go for a hike or bike ride, as the the grounds cover hundreds of acres. Wildlife is abundant-usually you see dozens of whitetail deer. This trip a large variety of colorful butterflies took center stage. The prairie grasses, rolling landscape, and managed woodlands are all great environments to move through.

Anyway, there is a variety of split rail fencing to look at, various cannon, and the Elkhorn Tavern reconstruction, which I may try to scratch-build at some point. I thought I’d put together a small visual reference for the future.

Without further to-do, here are three types of split rail fence on display at Pea Ridge.

Split Rail Type 1

Split Rail Type 1

Split Rail Type 1

Split Rail Type 1

Split Rail Type 2

Split Rail Type 2

Split Rail Type 2

Split Rail Type 2

Split Rail Type 3

Split Rail Type 3

Gate connection. This may be totally ahistorical. It does, however, work.

Gate connection. This may be totally ahistorical. It does, however, work.

Gate Connection: Part Deux

Gate Connection: Part Deux

And here is the scene of the heaviest fighting-Elkhorn Tavern.

Elkhorn Tavern

Elkhorn Tavern

 

Elkhorn Tavern - West Elevation

Elkhorn Tavern – West Elevation

Elkhorn Tavern - South Elevation

Elkhorn Tavern – South Elevation

Elkhorn Tavern - East Elevation

Elkhorn Tavern – East Elevation

Elkhorn Tavern - North Elevation

Elkhorn Tavern – North Elevation

Elkhorn Tavern - Artist's Depiction (note the difference in the porch canopy compared to the photographs)

Elkhorn Tavern – Artist’s Depiction (note the difference in the porch canopy compared to the photographs and the lack of ground floor railing)

And last, but not least, some cannon, which I am too ignorant to identify. I do know (well, guess, really) that they are NOT 12 pound Napoleons.

I have no idea what sort of cannon this is. It's rifled. Its carriage is a deep olive green. Barrel is of brass. It has a flared muzzle.

I have no idea what sort of cannon this is. It’s rifled. Its carriage is a deep olive green. Barrel is of brass. It has a flared muzzle.

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Pea Ridge National Military Park – Arkansas

The Battle of Pea Ridge is an American Civil War battle that took place about 30 miles from where I live in Northwest Arkansas. At this battle, the outnumbered Union Army of the Southwest defeated the poorly led Confederate Army of the West over two days in March of 1862. Which puts paid to the apologist notion that the Confederacy was ‘unfairly’ defeated by overwhelming quantities of men and material from the densely populated and heavily industrialized north. In any case, the Union’s victory here cemented their control over Missouri and north Arkansas. Well, except for the utter lawlessness of raiders and other irregulars on both sides of the conflict.

Enough of my amateur history lesson. The battlefield as it currently stands is quite lovely to visit. An 8 mile hike is an excellent way to cover the ground-you’ll see beautiful oak forests and pass through groves of cedar trees only to emerge into golden fields (well, in winter, anyway) to see miles of rail fencing and dozens of cannon arrayed in their historical positions. There’s also a ring road around the entire site, if you prefer to travel by car, but I don’t think you get as good of a sense of the tactical situation the commanders and soldiers faced from the seat of a car.

Of course, my little trip to Pea Ridge today has me thinking about yet another conflict to game. Yikes.

You’ll have to excuse me succumbing to the lure of iphone photo filters on a couple of these shots.

Row of cannon deployed at a woodline.

Row of cannon deployed at a woodline.

Herds of white tail deer inhabit these fields.

Herds of white tail deer inhabit these fields.

Elkhorn Tavern, which sits at a strategically important road intersection.

Elkhorn Tavern, which sits at a strategically important road intersection.

 

0.01 Is this Thing On?

Hello all,

A few weeks ago while playing in a Pendragon game at a local shop, I spied the store’s supply of Wings of War books and miniatures. I’ve always loved WWII aircraft, and though I valiantly resisted, the inevitable happened and I picked up a box of rules.

What with the internet to egg me on, it wasn’t long before I was obsessively reading about creating gaming mats, buying the official miniatures, kit-bashing new miniatures, and everything else under the sun. From there, it was but a short hop to confused, but full-blown, immersion into wargaming. I blame TMP and shots of Bolt Action Miniatures.

So, here I am. I have a background (emphasis on back) in the old Avalon Hill counter games like Squad Leader and decades of experience with roleplaying games, but I’ve never really made the effort to sink my teeth into miniature wargaming. I suppose I was intimidated by the expense, time involved, and complete lack of potential players. I thought I might use this blog to track my progress both as a modeller and a player of these games. Overcoming the obstacles that I mentioned above might be the subject of any number of posts. Who knows, this thing might even help drum up opponents.

Thanks for checking in, and feel free to follow if you’d like to see how things go as I descend/ascend even further into nerd-dom.

Wings of War-miniature crack

Wings of War: Miniature crack