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  1. Favorite Commander Choices

    You'd really prefer Taylor over Longstreet for a corps command? Arthritis and all? Don't get me wrong, he was a born soldier, but I am surprised! I would have pegged him for a division. But it does make me think of something: that is that even now, with modern scholarship having sifted through much of the mythology and personal squabbles, it surprises me that James Longstreet is not one of the paramount heroes of the Confederate pantheon. He was, in many respects, the only senior officer on the Confederate side - perhaps in the whole war - who truly understood that the days of the Napoleonic bayonet charge had come to an end. General Longstreet would have been a more successful general than most of the time who fought on the battlefields of Europe from 1914 to 1918 because he, even in the 1860s, understood that modern firepower meant you did not attack a fortified position with a frontal assault. I've read that Longstreet may have been unofficially offered the command to replace Bragg following Chickamauga, but that he did not want it - he apparently instead suggested that Lee take command in the west and Longstreet be elevated to command the Army of Northern Virginia. First, I wonder if it's true. Even if if it were, I can understand why it didn't happen - Lee's entire tenure in command of the ANV was of course centered on that one theater and with his loyalty to his native state I do not think it likely he would have wanted a command anywhere else. Then, of course, the fact that just as the Army of the Potomac was the preeminent command in the Union Army, so was the Army of Northern Virginia in the Confederate. But conversely, in the second place I wonder that if it were true, what exactly Longstreet's motivations for such a suggestion were. One could suggest or argue that as the ANV was the premier posting, ambition played a role. But based on Longstreet's other statements of record, he did seem to recognize that the decisive theater of the war was the west. If he truly believed that, then his suggestion that Lee command in the west, where stopping Grant would have no doubt prolonged the war to a point that a stalemate in 1864 could very well have led to Lincoln's electoral defeat - while simultaneously fighting a defensive battle in the east to merely prevent the Army of the Potomac from taking Richmond, which Longstreet would have excelled at - might have won them the war. Either way, I firmly believe that James Longstreet is perhaps the most under-rated of Confederate generals and, especially in light of his later life, deserves far more appreciation and sympathy than he generally receives.
  2. Favorite Commander Choices

    Reports conflict on this. Some sources say exactly what you just stated, from whence he got his derogatory nickname "Slow-Come Slocum". Others have taken a different view. Consider that it was Slocum who elected to leave a brigade on Culp's Hill when ordered to reinforce the left by Meade. Had he followed his orders to the letter and moved his entire corps, then there would have been no defense present on the hill on the afternoon of the second day. This is from Wikipedia, but they cite their sources. This interpretation has also been corroborated by some of the recent histories written about Gettysburg. "Despite this, some modern historians of Gettysburg have questioned the actions of Slocum on the afternoon of July 1, 1863.[12] They allege that he failed to come to the immediate aid of General Howard’s XI Corps and engage Confederate troops in a timely way at Gettysburg. Information from recently accessed records, however, including Gen. Meade’s archives, shows that Slocum, in fact, dispatched the First Division of his Corps to Gettysburg immediately upon hearing the first report of the fighting. Further, Gen. Slocum’s First Division commander, Brig. Gen. Alpheus S. Williams, verified this as he reported in late 1865 that “when reports of the battle going on in advance of Gettysburg were brought to Gen. Slocum… orders were issued to put the corps in motion,” and the “corps was immediately put in rapid march toward the scene.”[13] A report by Maj. Guindon, whom Slocum had sent on a reconnaissance mission, corroborates Williams’ report; Maj. Guindon indicated that Slocum moved out troops even before he received a request for aid from Gen. Howard.[14][15] Furthermore, Slocum advanced his First Division despite an order (known as the “Pipe Creek Circular”) issued by General Meade that morning, and received by Slocum at 1:30 pm, to “halt your command where this order reaches you.” Contrary to modern interpretation, Slocum’s actions in fact showed initiative. Slocum arrived at the battlefield marching from Two Taverns on the Baltimore Pike, about 5 miles southeast of the battlefield, late in the afternoon on July 1, 1863. As the ranking general on the field, Slocum commanded the Union army for about six hours, until Meade arrived after midnight. During this time, Slocum was responsible for the supervision of the formation of the Union defensive lines. For the duration of the battle, Slocum would command the Union line from the “point of the fish hook” from Culp’s Hill to the south. Slocum’s XII Corps would successfully defend Culp’s Hill for three days, denying a Confederate victory at this most crucial of battles. During the battle of Culp’s Hill, in addition to his own XII Corps, Slocum commanded elements of the I, VI and XI Corps." Slocum certainly wasn't an all-star general, but I think he was solidly dependable. As far as your comments on Doubleday, I tend to agree with you. I had forgotten that he had some earlier credits - and though he never stood out compared to some of his contemporaries, I think he deserved to keep command of the I Corps - especially considering that within about 10 months it ceased to exist anyway.
  3. Favorite Commander Choices

    Interesting you have a division to Doubleday. I have some sympathy for him. He was generally a mediocre division commander, but you can't help feel a little sorry for him. His performance commanding the I Corps after the death of Reynolds on 1 July 1863 was the best combat performance of his life. He truly did rise to the occasion and as a result, I think deserved to be given the corps command instead of John Newton - who was also a mediocre officer. It is yet another example of why I do not like Oliver Howard. Not only did he play the greatest role in the defeat at Chancellorsville (Hooker's concussion was the next biggest culprit) but he flat out lied to Meade in his report of the combat on the first day at Gettysburg in claiming that the I Corps broke before the XI did. As if! So, I guess here is my Union "dream team". I don't have much different to add on the Confederate side, except I am surprised J.E. Johnston doesn't get more support. Commanding General: Ulysses S. Grant Chief of Staff: Charles P. Stone -1st Corps Commander: John F. Reynolds --1st Division Commander: Joseph Hooker --2nd Division Commander: Philip Kearny --3rd Division Commander: Winfield Scott Hancock -2nd Corps Commander: James McPherson --1st Division Commander: William Rosecrans --2nd Division Commander: John Sedgewick --3rd Division Commander: Joshua Chamberlain -3rd Corps Commander: William T. Sherman --1st Division Commander: Edward Ord --2nd Division Commander: Henry Slocum --3rd Division Commander: John Logan -4th Corps Commander: George Meade --1st Division Commander: Henry W. Slocum --2nd Division Commander: Gouvenor K Warren --3rd Division Commander: George H. Thomas -Cavalry Corps Commander: John Buford --1st Division Commander: Philip Sheridan --2nd Division Commander: Benjamin Grierson Artillery: Henry Hunt
  4. Historical general traits?

    And while that is a whole different argument to the topic, that is precisely why Longstreet was a better general. I'm reminded of Winston Churchill's quote: "Battles are won by maneuver and slaughter. The better the general, the more he provides in maneuver and the less he demands in slaughter". That is Longstreet in a nutshell.
  5. How do I combine 2 brigades to a super brigade?

    Something like that is what I would suggest. The division commander is permanently attached to one of his brigades, but you can move him between them - similar to the system that CWG2 used. In some situations you might be using a division where you have two or three brigades in combat with one in reserve. Depending on the situation, you might want the division commander in one of the lead brigades to increase their morale, or perhaps in the reserve in preparation for a counterattack.
  6. How do I combine 2 brigades to a super brigade?

    I do agree with you here. From a gameplay standpoint I understand why it is the way it is, but to be more historical then yes, the senior regimental commander (or brigade commander if it was the division commander killed, and so on) would always step up. But, that would be a free way to get officers and in the current model I understand why that is not going to happen.
  7. Union Campaign, Battle for the train station, Philippi

    Interesting strategy - I might try that in the future. On both BG and MG (though the latter was significantly more difficult) I used my brigades to basically hold up the northern attack by putting my men in the woods while the confederates were in open ground. To the east, I used the skirmisher regiment to stack up that attack - I think I managed to disable one or two artillery batteries and keep one brigade there which traded fire from the open against the skirmishers in the woods. I don't recall how I handled the depots themselves, but I think I held the southern the entire time but might have lost and retaken the northern. In my MG campaign the only other battle that really gave me trouble was South Mountain, which was partly my own fault for not micro-ing my flank attack properly, and while on BG I successfully flanked from the north, I found MG worked better with a flank attack from the south.
  8. Union Campaign, Battle for the train station, Philippi

    Due to the fact that you have small units that you've had no time to do anything with, and on MG difficulty at least you are significantly outnumbered, I found this battle to be much harder than many that come later. The next one was tricky too.
  9. UGCW Feedback v1.0+

    Ideally I would ask for the ability to construct our own fortifications, particularly in a wooded area where it would be work of an hour or less for a regiment to throw up some abattis. This is particularly an issue in many areas where, like you point out, the fortifications are inferior to the trees behind them. But, I know that what complicates this is the hand-drawn nature of the map. This is the one area (flexibility) where some of the older hex-based games (Like CWG2) had an advantage because it was easier to modify terrain on the fly from both a development and customization standpoint. That being the case, this is still the finest Civil War game on the market, and at least insofar as the specific areas of combat (tactics, historical map, etc) the finest one ever made. If there was a good (or at least better) strategic layer on top it would blow TW out of the water. As it is, when playing one of the new TW games I find myself getting frustrated because I can't make the units march exactly where I want! If I've never said it before, @Nick Thomadis and his team should be incredibly proud of what they've done. P.S. My only real complaint for something that could be easily fixed is that there are still Order of Battle and portrait errors for the historical battles. For example, Joe Hooker never had a beard at Antietam (but his portrait in game does) and there was no Major General William Harrow commanding an artillery battery at Gettysburg - but there was a Brigadier General William Harrow commanding a brigade in the 2nd Division, II Corps (my great-great-grandfather was a private in one of its regiments, the 15th MA) yet that brigade is named "Brooke" in all the Gettysburg battles.
  10. How do I combine 2 brigades to a super brigade?

    I use it towards the end of long battles because it also prevents a brigade that might otherwise be shattered and annihilated from becoming so, by artificially making it larger. I believe (but am not certain) that you can combine a 3rd or 4th brigade to an already created "super brigade"/division. Your historical example about Franklin's brigade at First Bull Run is not typical, and the fact that it happened at First Bull Run should say something in itself. Why else were colonels typically commanding brigades in the Union Army, and even in the Confederate side despite them having four grades of general? Many staff officers were not qualified or able to command large units in the field - hell, many of the line officers commanding large units in the field were not capable of doing it! It is NOT historically correct to have two "super brigades" formed from, say, four brigades in a division. That just didn't happen. Even the current system of combining two brigades to essentially operate as a miniature division is not really accurate since it was extraordinarily difficult to get an entire division to act in concert and took an exceptionally skilled division commander, good ground for communication, and a little luck that the brigade and regimental commanders would do what they were supposed to do.
  11. Who's Your Favorite General?

    There were so many officers who excelled at one level of command and were wholly ineffective at another. John Bell Hood is probably the best example, as probably the finest division commander in the ANV but an absolutely terrible army commander opposing Sherman. Like I said earlier with Hooker, while his Chancellorsville performance was poor (though again, I think there was more to it than is usually remembered now) he was an excellent division and corps commander. Even Longstreet had a poor record when operating independently (Suffolk campaign and Siege of Knoxville).
  12. Who's Your Favorite General?

    All great points! I too have always had a great respect for Buford, and I LOVE Sam Elliot's portrayal of him in Gettysburg (which also happens to be my all time favorite movie).
  13. CSA Washington @ BG-Level

    I've found the same. I try to keep a couple brigades of cavalry for just that purpose - once the infantry is engaged I try to loop around behind and take out a few batteries of artillery. I just completed the Washington battle on BG difficulty. While it was "edge of my seat" for the final phase I held my ground pretty well. I had four corps, but the fourth had only three divisions (the others had four). Each corps was a little different (the 3rd had a division of cavalry) but I definitely had a higher percentage of artillery than I normally would - two or three divisions had as many as three batteries, but some only had one. The initial assault was pretty easy, but withstanding the Army of the Potomac was much more difficult. But, I found it to not really be any harder than taking Richmond on MG difficulty. I guess I'll have to try this on MG also!
  14. Who's Your Favorite General?

    To my great and ever lasting sorrow I cannot disagree with that statement.
  15. Who's Your Favorite General?

    I think you are correct. Of course, in this day it's a disgrace that men like Buford (and others like Meade, Reynolds, etc) are not still celebrated. The public is more interested in the latest Kardashian...