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Making Rivers

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Making rivers is an easy guide to follow. Rivers make up an important feature on a wargames tables, they represent natural barriers that must either be crossed or avoided and can become strategically important locations, perhaps capturing a bridge, or blowing a bridge up to slow an advance of enemy forces, or forming a bridgehead with pontoon bridges etc.  Rivers can be easily made with the following materials hardboard or MDF using various fillers, carpet tiles, brown acrylic mastic. And of course it's not only rivers that can be made with these materials, canals, stagnant swamps , waterfalls, ponds . Making A River With Hardboard And Polycell Fillers (Large) 1. Start by cutting your hardboard to the size you require. I wanted a very large river to represent the Bug River that marked part of the border between German and Soviet occupied Poland. So my hardboard was cut to 12" x 12". 2. I then cut thin slivers of foam board to allow me to make the rive

The Battle of Big Bethel

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The Battle of Big Bethel, also known as the Battle of Bethel Church or Great Bethel was one of the earliest land battles of the American Civil War on 10 June 1861. Union, under Brigadier-General Ebenezer W. Peirce, 8,000. Killed, 16, wounded, 34, missing 6. Confederate, under Major-General John B. Magruder, 2,200. Killed, wounded, and missing, uncertain numbers variously reported at from 8 to 150. This engagement, the first in the field, took place on the 10th of June 1861. Big Bethel is about ten miles north of Newport News, on the road from Hampton to Yorktown. A body of rebel troops stationed at Little Bethel, eight miles from Newfort News liad caused much annoyance to the Union forces under the command of General Butler. On the night of 9th June 1861, an expedition of 3,000 men, under Brigadier-General Pierce, was sent out from Fortress Monroe to dislodge them. He had dispatched several regiments to surprise the enemy at Little Bethel. This movement was in part successful,