Our club that meets Wednesday Night was completing some strategic moves in the American Civil War Campaign game. Most of these moves involved moving resources and generals. An actual battle that we had transferred to the table top had not occurred in a little while. This allowed the club to play a few side session games such as 40K and Boxer Rebellion.
The last round of strategic moves has led to a stalemate in the East. Both sides are mostly looking at each other across entrenchments with very little activity. Not as historically accurate as some people might like I understand but the eastern battles we have played tend to leave the Confederate forces in pretty good shape. Meanwhile Rick made a move to come up the Mississippi and threaten the forts and New Orleans.
Out west George noticed an opening and attacked Cincinnati. This is very unhistorical but what ever the opportunity presented itself and he took it. The city was burned to the ground by the Confederates think of Atlanta only in Ohio. Lincoln is going to lose some votes for that in the next election at least from the state of Ohio.
Meanwhile Rick won the initiative roll and move the Army of Cumberland under Gen. Grant and the Army of Tennessee under Gen. Sherman to overrun Fort Donaldson. The turn led to movement of Confederate troops by rail to New Orleans to help bolster the defenses. The Confederate Army of Tennessee was located just south of Fort Donaldson so could have intervened against the attack on Fort Donaldson.
George was I believe correct and made very sound decisions as a result of this action. I had considered either facing the Union forces outside Fort Donaldson or force them to bludgeon themselves on the fortifications by moving the Confederate Army of the Tennessee into Fort Donaldson. I did not want to lose Fort Donaldson. George though suggested and we opted to move across the Mississippi with the army instead. This led to Fort Donaldson being overrun but if the Union forces attacked the Army of Tennessee it would be coming across the River right at us, not good for them.
This also allowed for the Confederates because of the used Union points to isolate Pope’s Corp in Corinth. George in an excellent move realized he had enough movement to move south at Corinth with the Army of Tennessee and cut Pope’s line of supply. This would set up another battle for Corinth with the Confederates with a clear advantage. The Army of the Tennessee under Robert E. Lee, with Stonewall Jackson, Ewell and Nathan Bedford Forrest vs. General Pope’s lone union Corp.
Anyone who reads this may go Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson in the Trans – Mississippi what is going on. The campaign allows for the random pulling of Generals so commanders have ended up in unhistorical settings. Also the Eastern Theater has become a kind of sideshow. Not historically accurate but oh well. I do worry about holding onto New Orleans though. Another battle in Corinth was to be transferred to the table top with the Confederates with the advantage.
I left my notes on that game at the game so that will be mentioned another time, I have pictures of that to go with the notes fortunately.