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  1. 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 !
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    My SECOND CAMPAIGN HAS STARTED !

    Another victory for the Confederacy. The battle of Mansfield. Looking to really inflict heavy casualties on the Union. Capturing large numbers of weapons. Coming in very handy ! Continuing to take prisoners to exchange for extra recruits. So far so good. Keeping Union numbers down ! Onwards and upwards 🤞
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    My SECOND CAMPAIGN HAS STARTED !

    I have just finished the Battle of Chickamauga. You were right. Very challenging ! But very enjoyable at the same time. Wow. It was like playing 5 small battles at the same time. Yet they were all linked. I was constantly going from one part to another part of the battle. Definitely needed to concentrate. I was worn out at the end ! Pleased to say I came out with a victory. Onwards and upwards 🤞
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    My SECOND CAMPAIGN HAS STARTED !

    Hi, Thanks for the advice. I’m trying to loose as few troops as possible but trying to inflict as many casualties as poss. This keeps the Union numbers down. I always looked to take prisoners. Handy for obtaining an extra 1000 recruits. Also, pleased at the number of weapons I’m capturing. Have finished Gettysburg. The battle finished on day 2. I inflicted a total of 39498 casualties. My loses were 15439. I captured a number of goods. The highlight being 6930 Springfield M1861. I have just finished Siege of Jackson. I fielded 59109 against the Union’s 57784. Union losses were 39000 including 67 guns. My casualties were 15361. I also took 1629 prisoners which gave me an extra 1000 recruits. So will be moving on to Chickamauga. My strength will 65,926 including 96 guns. UG is brilliant. I’m playing it on Apple iMac. Very impressive ! Cheers
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    Army Management for new players

    I’m a newbie. But agree with everything you have said 👍 Cheers 🍺
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    Army Management for new players

    I leaned from my first campaign that to win you need to become proficient in Barracks. I feel confident on the battlefield. But I used my first campaign to learn all I could about how the Barracks works. It is now paying dividends. The battle may be won on the field. But the victory is won in the Barracks. I spend a long time in Barracks fine tuning my Corps for each battle I am about to fight. The different battles do require the Corps to be tweaked. I learned this I in my first campaign. Now into my second. The Union are suffering heavy casualties. Try also to take prisoners. This can result in an extra 1000 recruits. Very handy ! I have not been playing UG that long. But my knowledge of how to work when in the Barracks is responsible for most of my victory’s. In to my second 2nd campaign I remain undefeated. Inflicting high casualties on the enemy. This keeps their numbers down for future battles. Playing as the CSA this needs to be achieved. If not their numbers will be your downfall. I keep saying it. UG is superb. Although a ‘newbie’. I’m happy to offer any help to others. Perhaps to other ‘newbies’ I may have advice that the more experienced players no longer think of.
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    My SECOND CAMPAIGN HAS STARTED !

    Hi Yes. Agree there. I didn’t expect to do to well in my first campaign. I did use it to learn how the Barrack’s worked. But still enjoyed it. I was pleased to have got to Gettysburg. But now. It’s a whole different ball game. Very enjoyable as was the first campaign. But nice to have so many troops ! I find it enjoyable when in Barracks. Sorting out my Corps. Weapons etc. UG is brilliant. Not just I’m now doing better. Always enjoyed it. Win or lose Cheers.
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    My SECOND CAMPAIGN HAS STARTED !

    My second campaign is going very well. To give an idea. So far I have won every battle. Minor and main engagements. To give an idea I have just won Chancellorsville on day one. Followed by a simple victory at the church which follows on. I am trying to inflict as many casualties as possible to keep Union numbers down. Also to take prisoners to exchange for recruits. All this is only because I now understand how the Barracks works. I learned the hard way in my first campaign, when my army was pitiful. I enjoyed the small encounter at Brandy Station as this involved using Jeb Stuarts troops ! I will soon start to organise the 3 Corps required for Gettysburg. My forces will number just under seventy 71,000 plus 90 Guns. My Corps commanders are Robert E Lee, Thomas Jackson and A.P.Hill. Hill will not be required as only 3 Corps required. At the moment my rating is higher than his. My reputation is at 100, so I may spend and increase my forces. I do expect another Victory. Weapons are not a problem. I am capturing large numbers fron the Union. Over 7000 Harpers Ferry and even 9 20pdr Parrots plus 12pdr guns and other infantry weapons. I cannot stress enough all this is only possible because I now understand the Barracks. I have learned if you wish to succeed,it is so important to learn this part of the game. Onwards and upwards 🤞
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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. 🤞
  10. Feeling very smug at the moment. Having inflicted another defeat on the USA. My army is small. But it appears to more than hold it’s own against the invaders. Having beaten them in a small encounter at Everettsville. Could have been costly but I decided to use my Corps and attack the enemies right flank. I was pleased to have only suffered 2417 casualties. For Stones. I decided I would not contest the opening goals set out. I kept my Corps back in the trees. Trying to avoid a fight. My army is small and as usual not losing over 50% casualties is constantly on my mind. I thought I had avoided any serious confrontation. But my Corps Were still being reduced in size. To my surprise I was informed we would be given Christmas off ! The bonus being would go back to barracks. I took my time in camp and decided to have my 2nd Corps and 3 Corps attack the Nashville pikes. All the troops that had suffered were placed in my 1st Corps. Aprox 1500 troops.They would look after my right flank. 2nd Corps would attack the nearest East pike. 3rd Corps would tackle the West. The 2nd Corps were placed in position ready for the attack but I them waited for 3rd Corps to get in position. I was confident I could take the East but unsure about the West. 3rd Corps flank was only protected by a Brigade of cavalry and 2 brigades of skirmishes. Their job to hold at all cost ! The attack’s started. I closed on East pike. Fired a few volleys and charged. A few brigades routed but the rest forced the way in. At the same time 3rd Corps assaulted the West (hoping my skirmishes would protect their left flank). I was going to fire a few volleys then charge as doing at the East. But to my surprise the Union troops routed ! My Corps flooded in and took the position. Now waiting for the counter attack from the Union. But it did not come. They had decided to counterattack the East pike which 2nd Corps had taken with the bayonet. Some brigades routed but others were returning. My skirmishers were holding their own and protecting 3rd Corps left flank. I started to move them down to relive the pressure on 2nd Corps. Time was running out. My casualties did not seem too bad. Where was the Union strength! My rag tale 1st Corps never saw a Union soldier ! I’m sure they were there. But did not see them. The time was up. I held both Pikes. But what about my casualties. I finished the battle. Up came the sign VICTORY. I had managed to not lose over 50%. In fact the Union troops had suffered badly when trying to counter attack to take back East pike. 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
  12. 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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    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.
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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
  18. 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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    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 👍
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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
  22. I was able to build 2 Corps total of 25567 men and 51 Guns CSA. I initially faced 52621 men with 137 Guns. As usual I’m well outnumbered. I’m used to it. Due to my lack of knowledge when in barracks when I first started a campaign. I checked out the Victory conditions. Seemed to much for my force. But the draw conditions I felt were achievable. I would hold Orange Turnpike and Orange Plank Road and inflict up to 5% more casualties than the enemy. Started well. The yanks made an effort but I held the 2 draw areas. Overnight my forces were moved by AL. Ok. I know Jackson marched 30,000 men around the Union troops. The next day I was able to position the troops in a reasonable fashion. I checked the victory/draw conditions. I was still on for a draw. There was no way I was going to try and take Chancellorsville. My numbers were down to 19178 and 47 Guns. I held back In the woods looking for the draw. The clock was set on 2 hours. The Union did attack my right flank. But no real problem being in the woods. They then did so to my left. Again no problem. The clock was running down. I kept checking the victory/draw conditions and I was ok. Time was up ! However, instead of coming up confirming a draw. It stated I had failed to capture Chancellorsville ! Yes I know. Not required for a draw ! Here is where UG had moved the goalposts. They said the Union was launching an attack against the above positions I held. I had to hold them. Really? To add insult they were giving the Union 4 hours to take at least one. My troops, 15174 and 39 guns had been placed back at the original locations required for a draw or victory. They were also placed ad hoc and I was not able to place them as I would have liked before the Union started to attack ! Not impressed with UG. It seems they do not wish a draw to be taken at this battle. Perhaps they should alter the brief and state a draw is not allowed. Only a win or loss ! As you can tell. I am a tad aggrieved with this 😡
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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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    CHANCELLORSVILLE - A TAD PEEVED !

    Hi, Up to this battle I have been enjoying UG. Win or lose. I’m a novice with this game. So not expecting to get to the end of the campaign on my first try. More a case of using this first campaign to learn the ropes. Especially in Barracks. When I start again. Which I have been expecting to have to possibly do at some time. I’m sure I will fair better. But Chancellorsville seems to go too far with “what if” situation. Could not the battle be shortened. Not have the extra 4 hours in order to make it almost impossible for the CSA to win or even draw. Other battles can be drawn or lost. But the 100 points loss for a defeat is too high. Just the above two changes would give everyone a better experience. Looking into it. I’m far from the only one (even with my particular problems) that finds this battle annoying and of no enjoyment. Win or loose. Having said that. My mind is working on a way to obtain a draw. Not giving up just yet. Best wishes.
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