|Battlefield looking south. Note the Rebel Corps Columns massing along the road network at the top of the picture. This is the 7am turn. Ken mentioned, and I agree, that the roads are very important in this truly grand-tactical game.
|Rebel approach march
|Union troops along the sunken road in "the hornet's nest" - I swapped places and Sherman's troops are holding down the right flank now.
|Rebels coming on!
|Sherman's battery opens the ball.
|Note the rebels stacked up behind the lead brigades.
|HERE THEY COME!
|Yankee brigade pushed back as the rebs prepare to tear open the line.
|Sam Grant arrives! I send him into the center where the fighting will be thickest. The location of your commanders is extremely important for the end-phase where they may be used to shuttle troops around - for a cost in action points.
|Bringing up Brigades to close the gap in the center!
|Meanwhile the Rebels keep coming!
|Meanwhile, Breckenridge's reserve corps moves up.
|More Rebel units massing to assault the Hornet's Nest. So far, Ken has only thrown about 2 Brigades against the position. That will change soon!
|Elements of the I Rebel Corps moving against the Union right.
|Buckland's Brigade of Sherman's Division go over the top and counterattack into elements of the III Rebel Corps!
|Trying to bring up additional brigades while the Rebels probe the Union right.
|Ken brings up artillery to support assaults against the hornet's nest! Note his brigades fanning out now.
|A bigger picture of the morning's fighting. You can see the heavy action around the sunken lane, Union center, and right.
|A.S Johnston, Commanding! Ken has him in the Rebel center.
|Ken stepping up assaults against the Union right!
|More reinforcements coming up
|Looking at the table the combat is a jumbled mass in the center, just like the real battle!
|Elements of I Rebel Corps massing to assault the Union Right again!
|Lead elements of Breckenridge's Corps have almost reached the Union left!
|the entire battlefield looking west to east
|Ken's toe hold in the hornet's nest! I'm going to have to make something happen in the center soon or the III Rebel Corps will be unchecked! Sherman's men can't hold much longer!
|Ken has a Brigade in the hornet's nest and a Brigade supporting them - look at this dramatic breakthrough here!
|2 batteries supporting the assault against the hornet's nest!
|Union Reserves skulking about on the left next to the Tennessee River!
|Hard fighting at the crossroads
|Grant moves up into the thick of the fighting where i can use him to position more units to stem the rebel tide!
The game requires an element of staffwork and planning by forcing you to be aware of the road network, higher ground, and enemy avenues of approach. You also need to watch your troops who have high fatigue markers and ensure you can switch out tired troops with fresh ones.
The best part of all of this is that the elements are nicely woven into the game, not forced upon you with endless modifiers and charts. The simplicity of the rules ensures that you are making command decisions throughout the game and that in itself is a major win in my book. Mission Accomplished! Now if only we could lobby Mr Wagman to create a Napoleonic version, I'd buy in a heartbeat.
Ken and I should be finishing up the game next weekend.