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David Fair

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  1. Hi Gael, If you haven't watched Steve Knott of the Army War College he is a Southerner, expert on the ACW, and a wonderful presenter. Among his topics of presentation is the CSA cavalry during the Gettysburg Campaign. He discusses at length the strategic rational for the campaign. Specifically, that: means X will = power of resistance Steve notes that when you are the weaker side attacking the "means" of a more powerful enemy it is "insane." You might enjoy the presentation and having a dyed in the wool Southerner offer his input on the strategic goals of the
  2. Hi Gael, For your consideration here are some of the facts regarding coal mining in West Virginia. Highlights: · Coal was used locally for the saltworks near :”Saltville” along the Kanawha River before and during the Civil War. · Coal was not mined extensively in West Virginia, nor were railroads used to transport coal out of the region until 1883. · Bituminous (soft coal) was used to fuel steamships. The first widespread use of West Virginia coal began when the saltworks along the Kanawha River expanded dramatically in the decades before the Civil War. Co
  3. Gael, You seems awfully sensitive about the burning of Southern homes but not at all concerned about the generations of slaves under the whips of white supremacists. There was no olive branch offered to the black population of America. I've always thought that the lives lost in that war were much more valuable than the property losses. If the South had been a bit less jubilant about starting a war none of their slaves would have been touched and none of their property burnt. I'd rather have my home burned one time than know my children, grandchildren, and all future generati
  4. Gale, Please explain the connection you believe Lee had with Solferino? You've gone silent on Pickett's Charge - Why? Why wouldn't the Union use non-anthracite coal to fuel the blockade? It is true that anthracite coal burns more cleanly which would be critical for blockade runners trying to keep a low profile - but softer coals were routinely used commercially and in the whaling fleet which operated globally. Note that the smoke from softer coals helped whalers identify their location for other ships. The goal of the blockade was to prevent ships entering the South - which t
  5. Comments from the civilwartalk.com on the topic of North With Lee and Jackson... In North With Lee and Jackson the author makes a case — based upon a plan worked out by Stonewall a year or so earlier — that Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal mines would have become an important Rebel objective had Meade’s army not caught up with Lee at Gettysburg. But, as members of civilwartalk.com point out Stonewall’s plan would have experienced tremendous difficulties in implementation: “The anthracite coal region was large, covering several counties, there were hundreds of individual mines and the
  6. Gael, It is not clear why you believe in the similarities between the Imperial Guard at Solferino and Gettysburg. My guess is you might have an agenda to somehow tie a winning result of the French Imperial Guard to the ANV and possibly Pickett's division in particular? I just don't understand the connection. It seems to me that Longstreet's Charge of July 3 was much more comparable with the forlorn hope of the Imperial Guard at Waterloo for these reasons: 1) both attacks failed, (Not so at Solferino) 2) both attacks were made by a smaller force on a larger force. (Not so at So
  7. Actually "Pickett's Charge" was never called "Pickett's Charge" in the ANV or outside of Virginia during the war. Longstreet, and much of the South, objected to "too much Virginia" and the credit Virginia claimed in the victories - particularly when Longstreet - not Picket was in command. Virginia newspapers celebrated Pickett because he was the only Virginian among the divisional leadership that made the charge (and a FFV member). Pickett's division was the "lead division" which means the other divisions aligned on Pickett for the charge - Picket never exercised command over the
  8. Gael, Waterloo was lost in 1815 with an attack of the French Imperial Guard under the preeminent commander of the horse and musket era. Pickett's Charge was not composed of the French Imperial Guard so I'm ot sure what the point is of comparing the battle of Solferino to Gettysburg. Sometimes attacks work/sometimes not. Longstreet's/Hill's troops were the best the South had remaining - but many of these troops had been fought to a frazzle on July 1. They were hardly a hand picked reserve of fresh troops for a final attack - comparable to the Imperial Guard. I've got fami
  9. WesleyBarras, Above you stated: "...Which is a slight problem that became major on the 3rd day. The CSA ran out of artillery ammunition. They couldn't support the army. When their fire slackened, the Union soldiers who were covering for dear life, stood up and went to the wall. Who knows how the battle would have been if the fire could have been maintained." This is simply not a correct statement. According to E.P. Alexander the CSA brought about 42,000 rounds of artillery ammunition with them on the Gettysburg Campaign. During the three day Battle of Gettysburg the CSA fired 22,000 ro
  10. Two corrections to above post: 1. Lee had erupted at Pender [not Heth] "That is what you young men always do. You allow these people to get away. I tell you what to do, but you don't do it." 2. It was more likely that Early [not Ewell] had wished all Yankees were dead. Sorry - I'll be more careful to verify my sources in the future.
  11. Lee had a "defensive strategy in Virginia"? Lee only went on the defensive when his offensive options were exhausted. During the Seven Days battles Lee lost more men than the Union in his offensive. At Chancellorsville Lee's losses were equal to the Union. Lee was furious with Heth at Chancellorsville for celebrating the victory stating, "you young men won't follow my orders to win battles." The only time either army scored lopsided victories during the ACW was on the tactical defensive. From a casualty perspective Lee was no more successful on the offensive than any other ACW
  12. Susimetsa, I'm confused by your presentation of what you want. Currently there is a matrix where you select the AI behavior and the difficulty level. Is the problem that the game isn't "easy enough" to get the degree of victory that you desire? Are you looking for a "pro-South" and "pro-North" setting so you can strongly influence the outcome of which side will prevail? Are you looking for a change in the final battle report status of the game that says "Congratulations - You've won a glorious victory" at the end of each phase?
  13. The general metrics for an ACW lopsided victory in battlefield casualties is 2.5 to 1. This measure of success was achieved by the South at Fredericksburg and the North at Malvern Hill for example. In all cases of lopsided victories the defender suffered the lower casualty number. Defense was much more effective during the ACW because: 1) artillery could not be moved forward effectively (generally the artillery horses were slaughtered on the advance - at Gettysburg for example the CSA lost 35% of their artillery horses; suffering more casualties than any of the combat arms (infant
  14. Much has been made of Longstreet’s recommendation to march around the flank of the Union army (particularly by Longstreet). Longstreet’s book, "From Manassas to Appomattox Memoirs of The Civil War in America" asserts that Lee himself, later in life was quoted as saying, “had I listened to Longstreet (avoiding July 2 and 3 at Gettysburg) the South would be an independent nation.” Note that this is in Longstreet’s book written in 1896, long after Lee’s death in 1870, and the comment is blatantly self-serving. Longstreet’s reputation in the South, and his social standing, had been hopeles
  15. January through April of 1863 were lean times for the ANV. Longstreet’s Corps had been dispatched to Suffolk, Virginia to gather supplies near Union-held Norfolk. Stuart’s cavalry had been sent west to find fodder and ease the burden of transporting fodder to the critical artillery horses which could not be relocated without losing complete mobility of the artillery arm. Hooker’s move in May, 1863 for Chancellorsville caught Longstreet with his supply train out foraging. When Lee urgently called for Longstreet to join him near Chancellorsville Lee and Longstreet had a painful choice.
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