Counters for Taylor’s Brigade (also known as the 1st New Jersey Brigade) of the VI Corps, 1st Division, Army of the Potomac.
Because these regiments were north of the Chickahominy, I thought it would be another speculative unit. However, according to various histories, they crossed the river on 1 June 1862 on the Grapevine Bridge and were ready to fight. Unfortunately, the battle ended before they could be engaged. Their first major battle was Gaines’ Mill in late June. In that battle, the 4th NJ Regiment would be captured except for a Lt. Col and 82 men.
Before the Iron Brigade, there was the 1st NJ! This Brigade was originally assigned as the 1st Brigade of the 1st Division of the 1st Corps (1 / 1 / I) on 14 March 1862. This is the designation that the aforementioned Iron Brigade would shortly receive. This position is considered the place of highest honor: The extreme right of the Army.
The New Jerseyans were extremely tough and well-trained and disciplined. They were moved out of I Corps on 17 April 1862 when Franklin’s Division was reassigned from McDowell to Heintzelman’s III Corps. The reason for this was that McClellan wanted General Kearny (then the Brigade Commander of the 1st NJ) and the only way that Kearny would go was to take his Brigade with him. In late May 1862, McClellan would create his Provisional VI Corps under Franklin and place the 1st NJ him.
I’ve discovered a ton of great information while researching the various units for the game. One of the coolest was the finding that the Coffee Mill Gun (shown here) was issued to several regiments. This was the first machine gun taken into battle. It was capable of 120 rounds / minute and was gravity fed via a hopper.
The game will include counters for these weapons and they’ll have an impact on the units’ ability to move and fire.