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    VICTORY AT STONES RIVER (CSA)

    Hi, I now understand the above. Thanks 👍. Went through a “sharp learning curve” in my first campaign when in Barrack’s. I’m seeing icons and understanding what they mean now ! That helps an awful lot. Now I seem to being doing something right (so far). I have reached and just passed Gaines’ Mill. I am able to field Brigades of 1500-2000. Makes all the difference. No concern as the top right of the screen depicts the number of Union troops available, along with their % of training and weapons. I have been “beating them with a stick” every battle. I’m taking prisoners which gives me extra recruits. But I’m also seeing how it keeps the Union army size down. In fact sometimes it’s going down after a battle ! This is so different from my first campaign. I know I have to stay on my toes. Still a long way to go. But at the moment loving the amount of Brigades I’m able to field. This UG ACW is awesome. Ok feels good when doing well. But still enjoyed my first campaign which was totally different and I did not quite do as well. Onwards and upwards. 🤞
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    ERROR. PLEASE SEE 21 JULY. THANKS

    Please see below. Which covers the start of my 2nd Campaign Cheers
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    ERROR. PLEASE SEE 21 JULY. THANKS

    Sorry guys. I have know idea why this has come up 🤔. This was posted on the 21 July. Which is when my 1st Campaign was stopped at Gettysburg.
  4. A week now into my second Campaign. CSA BG level. Now I have learned how the Barracks works from lessons learned in my first Campaign I am optimistic I will go further. So far I have fought the minor battles prior to 1st Bull Run. No problem at all ! On to 1st Bull Run. My forces numbered 22516 and 27 guns. I was faced by 24414, including 654 Cavalry and 42 guns. Knowing my way around the Barracks was key in my Victory. Union loses were 18456 infantry, 28 guns and 451 Cavalry with 1729 missing. My loses were 7622, 6 guns. Also, I did not stop when the finish came at the top of the screen. The Union troops were taking a beaten and I was determined to drive home the advantage. When the battle did come to an end. The Union had 1 remains of a Brigade left. It number approx 200 men ! My reward was pleasing. I received an extra 1000 recruits in exchange for 1729 prisoners. Army Organization +1 Corps. A new General called Thomas Jackson. He comes highly regarded. We shall see ! All this is down to my understanding of the Barracks and the need to keep inflicting as many casualties on the Union as possible. Lessons learned the hard way in my first Campaign. Looking forward to the second Campaign which culminates in The Battle of Shiloh. Can’t wait !
  5. I knew I was going to have to start a fresh for sometime now. But I’m pleased to have made it to Gettysburg. But despite my recent wins at Fredericksburg, Stones River and Chancellorsville. The battles took a heavy toll on my army. I’m left with just under 16000 men and 46 Guns. The nature of how the Gettysburg battle unfolds means I am unable to make any progress. But I have really enjoyed the challenge. Playing on the middle level - BG - as the CSA. My problems started early due to my lack of knowledge of how the Barracks worked. Looking to learn as I went along. Which led to my defeat. On the battlefield I feel I did well. Now with greater understanding of the game mechanics and especially the Barracks. I will be starting a fresh campaign. I will continue on the middle leve as the CSA and trust the experience I have gained through wins, draws and losses will help me. I feel I have an understanding of how the Barracks works. This should mean I can make it harder for the Union. I’m already looking forward to it. But for me this is still the best ACW computer game available. There May be some niggles in the game. I’m sure we would all like somethings changed. Thanks to all those in the creation of UG. Onwards and upwards 👍
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    Civil War Uniforms of Blue & grey the evolution.

    Many thanks for posting. Very interesting. Cheers.
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    Huge Fan

    Hi, Great to see another newbie. Welcome I started UG in April. Started by playing the historical battles to get an understanding of the games mechanics. After felt ok, I moved on to my first Campaign. CSA on middle level - BG. I was able to reach as far as Gettysburg. My downfall was not on the battlefield but in Barracks. This takes some getting use to. As I was told, it’s a sharpe leaning curve ! In the campaign I won battles. Lost and drew some. But I still found it really enjoyable. I found that I learned from losses as well as victory’s. To win the campaign you will need to understand how the Barracks works. Battles maybe won on the battlefield but the victories are won in Barracks. I learned a lot about the Barracks from my first campaign. I have just started my second campaign as CSA. On middle level -BG. The lessons learned in the Barracks from my first campaign are already helping me. Good luck
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    Tips for new players

    Hi, Thanks for post the above. Very impressive. Amazing to give such an insight into this terrible 4 year conflict in under half an hour. Much appricaiated.
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    MY 1st CAMPAIGN HAS COME TO AN END

    I will. Thanks. Must admit it took me a few times, especially with my army size although that’s on BG level. But eventually I tried something different and it work ! Seems to be the case with a number of the battles. Cheers
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    MY 1st CAMPAIGN HAS COME TO AN END

    Thanks for that. Glad I’m not the only one. But I do expect to go further with the experience gained Cheers 👍
  11. I knew I was going to have to start a fresh for sometime now. But I’m pleased to have made it to Gettysburg. But despite my recent wins at Fredericksburg, Stones River and Chancellorsville. The battles took a heavy toll on my army. I’m left with just under 16000 men and 46 Guns. The nature of how the Gettysburg battle unfolds means I am unable to make any progress. But I have really enjoyed the challenge. Playing on the middle level - BG - as the CSA. My problems started early due to my lack of knowledge of how the Barracks worked. Looking to learn as I went along. Which led to my defeat. On the battlefield I feel I did well. Now with greater understanding of the game mechanics and especially the Barracks. I will be starting a fresh campaign. I will continue on the middle leve as the CSA and trust the experience I have gained through wins, draws and losses will help me. I feel I have an understanding of how the Barracks works. This should mean I can make it harder for the Union. I’m already looking forward to it. But for me this is still the best ACW computer game available. There may be some niggles in the game. I’m sure we would all like somethings changed. Thanks to all those in the creation of UG. Onwards and upwards 👍
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    v1.10 Shiloh as Confeds

    Hi, Having just finished Chancellorsville as the CSA on BG level. I understand what you are saying. It’s even worse when this is followed by Salem Church without a return to Barracks. I was looking for a draw. The best could achieve with the size of my army. I managed it. Eventually. But your then sent straight into Salem Church. No return to Barracks.Ten brigades maximum are used. But chosen by the AL. After Chancellorsville some of my brigades were down to 150. The AL choose these. I had to face Union brigades of up to 2000. All the effort/time spent on Chancellorsville was lost in a skirmish. The only thing I could do was to hold my troops on the edge of the map and not contest this battle. Which saved me 3000 troops. But still had to take a big hit deduction in points ! So I settled for the points hit. Not best pleased. But for me despite the failures with UG. I still find it better than any other ACW have played. Being my first campaign I am not expecting to finish. More of a learning process of the Barracks system. This has caused me to now enter battles understrengh. But I know why and where I went wrong when first using the Barracks. So should mean My next campaign will be more successful. So despite its shortcomings. I will continue. But I totally understand where your coming from. Best wishes
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    CHANCELLORSVILLE - A TAD PEEVED !

    Hi, Well looks like you were right. I had commitments, but how to get the draw was on my mind. I tried it today. Close. But I managed a draw. Which I knew would be the best could achieve with my lack of troops. But still feel this battle needs looking into. Let alone Salem Church comes without a break. Ten brigades are allowed. But they are chosen by the AL. Not impressed. After Chancellorsville some of my brigades resembled a skirmish unit. Yes these were chosen ! Surly the player should be able to choose his best ten brigades. I was faced by brigades of up to 2000 ! So all the time/effort spent on Chancellorsville is for nothing. All the gains lost in the small encounter of Salem Church. I still think overall this is still the best ACW I have played but little things like this do spoil it. Best wishes
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    CHANCELLORSVILLE - A TAD PEEVED !

    Ok. Must admit did give me satisfaction obtaining the draw I was after 🎊🎉😎 Few beers I think. Have to admit it’s still a great game. Even if Chancellorsville does not seem quite right. Onwards and upwards (maybe).
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    CHANCELLORSVILLE - A TAD PEEVED !

    Well managed to work it out and obtain the draw ! We all know about what follows 🙃 Salem Church. My batterd Corps of 2944 & 8 Guns against 13418 plus 42 Guns 😐 No point losing my 2944 & 8 Guns. Just refused combat. Allowed the Union to obtain the Victory and move on to my camp with no losses. Keeping my 2944 & 8 Guns for what lies ahead 😕 Onwards and upwards. Oh joy.
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