Counters for Peck’s Brigade (1st) of the 1st Division of IV Corps. This unit was brought up early on the 31st to hold down the left flank of the Union troops around Fair Oaks. Unfortunately, the 98th PA as well as two companies of the 93rd PA (A & F) were split off from the main body. The 98th was active nearly 12 miles to the north tearing up railroad tracks. Meanwhile the 55th NY was placed to the rear to guard the artillery near the rifle pits. And to top it off, the 62nd NY was personally moved to the Corps’ far right flank.
It was no wonder then, that A.P. Hill’s Division was able to nearly destroy the IV Corps. It was only the timely entrance of the II Corps that saved the day.
It seems that there are always fascinating little stories I learn about the actions of the day that offer interesting twists to the simulation. One of them is the pickets deployed by the 93rd PA. Normally, these would be nearly anonymous in the context of a wargame of this scope. However, these two companies and their brave Lieutenants - Embich and Dissinger — defied orders to surrender (twice) and fought their way back through the woods, joining up with Kearney’s men for the rest of the day. Because of their initiative, I’ve included both leaders in the counter mix and given them leadership ratings.