Devil Takes All: The Battle of Opequon Creek

“Put himself south of the enemy and follow to the death. Wherever the enemy goes, let our troops goalso.”

--General Ulysses S. Grant on the orders given to General Phillip Sheridan, August 7 th , 1864.

“…as [the 23 rd Ohio] rose from the bank, away went my boys as though ten thousand devils were after them.”

--Confederate General John B. Gordon, following the battle of Opequon Creek.

Devil Takes All! is a simulation of the battle fought on September 19 th , 1864, at Opequon Creek (also called the Third Battle of Winchester) between the Confederate of Army of the Valley under General Jubal Early and the Union Army of the Shenandoah under General Phillip Sheridan. The battle was one of the last fought in the Shenandoah Valley. Former Vice-President of the United States, John C. Breckinridge, was in titular command of the Confederate forces, while two future presidents, Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley, figured prominently in the battle’s outcome.

Devil Takes All! uses an interactive sequence of play that activates formations, and their subordinate units, by the types of orders (Attack, Advance, Stand, Reserve) they have been issued. Combat is of two types, fire and melee, and both individual unit and larger formation morale figure prominently in the game’s outcome. Rules include
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