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Thunder At Dawn: The Battle of Wilson's Creek

Publisher/Brand: Revolution Games

Product Code: REV202102Z

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Thunder At Dawn: The Battle of Wilson's Creek
Thunder At Dawn: The Battle of Wilson's Creek
Thunder At Dawn: The Battle of Wilson's Creek
Thunder At Dawn: The Battle of Wilson's Creek
Thunder At Dawn: The Battle of Wilson's Creek
Thunder At Dawn: The Battle of Wilson's Creek


On August 10th, 1861 the first major battle of the Trans-Mississippi theater, and the second major battle of the American Civil War, was fought near Springfield, Missouri. Three rather green forces (one Union army and two Rebel forces) met at Wilson’s Creek and clashed on "Bloody Hill. Little did they know how bloody the war would be.

With enthusiasm running high, townsfolk made fancy uniforms for patriotic young men. Other fervent men showed up in their street clothes and this jumble of uniforms led to real confusion during the battle. At a key point in the battle, Union General Sigel mistook an advancing Rebel body of troops to be Union men and this led to the rout of Sigel’s force.

The commanders were also new to this level of fighting and two novice errors shaped the historic battle. The Union commander, General Lyon, detailed his battle plan to his commanders and then was talked into dividing his smaller force in two at the last minute. The Rebels had dissention amongst Generals McCulloch and Price over whether they should attack immediately or not. After cancelling an advance to attack the next morning (August 10th), they forgot to repost pickets when they returned to their camps. This mistake left them open to the Union surprise attack the next morning.

After great initial success, the Union forces ran low on ammunition, lost General Lyon and ended up leaving the field. It didn’t have to be that way as the Union forces had a very good chance of conducting a successful "spoiling" attack. The "What If" scenario gives the Union player a chance to adjust his strategy and win the battle.

This is the fifth game in the Revolution Games series of American Civil War games.

Note: Players will need to supply two 6-sided die for play, it is not included with the game.

A complete game of Thunder At Dawn include:
  • 22" x 34" map
  • 1 Countersheet
  • 2 Combat Results Charts
  • General Records Track Card
  • 2 Player Reference Cards
  • Series Rulebook
  • Exclusive Rulebook


Blind Swords System / The American Civil War, Volume 5
Ziploc Edition, 2021
Claude Whalen
Rick Barber, Charles Kibler, Mark Mahaffey
Game Language
# Players
28.0cm x 22.0cm x 1.0cm
0.330 kg

Boardgamegeek rating:8.3

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