2nd Second Bull Run: “I’ll expect you to beat them.” Playtest Demo

Longstreet’s entrance on Day 1.

I chose this quote from Jackson to A.P. Hill, because it defines the Second Bull Run at all levels. Lee was expecting Jackson to beat them as well, and only reluctantly sent Longstreet back through the Manassas Gap at midday on the second day. This resulted in the Union rout and defeat only because Pope refused to believe that Longstreet was a threat until too late.

This is Day 1. Longstreet is pulled back behind Manassas Gap in the evening. On day 2 he can enjoy an easy victory if Jackson can hold out. If he chooses to rejoin the battle, then regular victory conditions apply.

The Second Day gets sorted.

And Now I have completed the Second Day. Spoiler Alert! Don’t read any further unless you want to see who wins before you see the video. I have amped up my editing game, and have managed to put together a quicker and clearer video! Only about 4 minutes of your life you’ll never get back!

This game features the first time I’ve video’d the second Day of the battle. This is where it gets really interesting and gives a unique feel because Lee must decide whether or not to bring Longstreet back through the Manassas Gap. He certainly doesn’t want to if he doesn’t have to, but if Jackson can’t hold out another day without Longstreet’s Corps…

If you want to recapture the Confederate success, just act like Pope, as though Longstreet skedaddled and ain’t ever coming back. Send everyone against Jackson, and totally ignore Longstreet. This is especially effective if the Union is already weakened from the first day’s fighting, and NEEDS to believe that Longstreet ain’t coming back.

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Mr. Q

I semi-retired at 47. I suffered a sever brain injury at 25. I have written 3 books about living with brain injury and have had a regular column in the Brain Injury Alliance of MN's quarterly mag since 1999. I received my BA in English with honors in 2014. One of my avocations is developing simulation games. Weather permitting, I enjoy a round of Disc Golf whenever possible.

3 thoughts on “2nd Second Bull Run: “I’ll expect you to beat them.” Playtest Demo”

  1. I really like First Bull Run. My video, for reasons I can’t explain, doesn’t actually start until the one minute mark, so don’t get discouraged. Just start it at 1:00.


      1. The armies were carbon copies of each other, and this created a lot of confusion on the battlefield. In addition, there were a huge variety of uniforms. To replicate this, each side has the same 5 different colors of blocks (blue, grey, black, red, and Green). The colored labels don’t match with the colored blocks! In the untubing video below, at 4:00 I begin talking about this and give a quick tutorial on applying the labels. In the end, it’s pretty random and if you don’t get it right, no biggie, it will just be more confusing when you set it up. 😀 This gimmick works because the overall piece count is fairly low, I’m glad they don’t do this for Waterloo!


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