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.

Terrain scale is about 500 meters per hex, while the infantry units and cavalry units are brigades, artillery units are battalions. Each turn is about 45 minutes. Each strength point represents 250 men.

Each copy of Devil Takes All is composed of the following:

· Four 11 by 17 map sections (east and west)

· 280 unmounted,
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