The Blood Posted January 3, 2022 Share Posted January 3, 2022 (edited) The date is July 1st, 1861. After decades of tension, compromise, and divide, the North and South of the United States are at war. With the election of Abraham Lincoln from the anti-slavery Republican Party to the Presidency, the Southern planter class and secessionists no longer saw it fit to stay in what they saw as a conditional Union of states, opting to leave the Union and form the Confederate States of America, with 11 states successfully seceding and joining the new nation. Of course, the Lincoln Administration would not accept this sudden tear in the American project, leading to a heated standoff ending with the bombardment of Fort Sumter by Confederate forces in South Carolina on April 12th, 1861, officially beginning the American Civil War. Thus far in the war, only limited action has been seen, with both sides primarily preparing their forces and skirmishing for minor strategic goals. In the east, Union and Confederate forces have amassed, with the Union preparing for a major offensive into Virginia, and the Confederacy preparing to hold its ground. In the west, a divided Kentucky has opted for a policy of neutrality, and beyond the Mississippi Missouri has fallen into chaos, as elected Governor Claiborne Fox Jackson and his Missouri State Guard have been forced into the southwest corner of the state following confrontation with Federal forces. Beyond these preparations and limited action, neither side has mobilized to their full strength, with focus on a decisive victory in the east. It will be up to the twists and turns of war, however, to decide how bloody and committed each side must make itself in this still infant conflict. This is the American Civil War. The Presidents: Representing the two Presidents of the conflict, Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, the players taking this role will be tasked with managing the mass recruitment, policy, and general war effort for the side they are the head of. This means announcing a new call for troops, proposing new policy, or even making diplomatic overtures, all of which will be rolled on with a D10. They will cooperate with the other players of their nation(In a Discord or forum group chat, depending on the variation of players for the game), and will be given 4 events per turn(One month in the war) to govern as they please. Abraham Lincoln(Union) - @Richard Jefferson Davis(CSA) - @Pringles The Theater Commanders: These players will represent the backbone of the conflict and military action of the game. They will be tasked with commanding the field armies in their theater, ordering them to attack, move towards objectives, or simply recruit/stay still every turn. They will also be able to skirmish and launch small raids without specification of a field army, as smaller formations of men were a common sight in the raiding and skirmishing of the war. They will also be able to form field armies, as many are not currently in operation. Here is a solid list of field armies for both the CSA and Union players to potentially organize at the war goes on. These players may change commmanders of field forces as the war goes on, and may base their campaigns on historical movements or try out radically new motions and strategies. Commanders will have 3 events every turn. Eastern Theater: In the East, the Union Army of Northeastern Virginia has amassed in Washington DC for a campaign against the Confederacy, under the command of Irvin McDowell, with the intentions of defeating the Confederate army and taking their capitol of Richmond, Virginia. To the northwest, stationed in Harper's Ferry, Robert Patterson is commanding a force with the goal of tying down the Confederate forces opposite them for the invasion of Virginia. As for the Confederates, opposite McDowell is P. G. T. Beauregard's Army of the Potomac, defending Manassas Junction as a key point to block the Union advance towards Richmond. And to the northwest of Beauregard, Joseph E. Johnston's Army of the Shenandoah faces Patterson's Command, hoping to neutralize this Union force and join southwest for the defense of Virginia. Union Eastern Commander - @WVProgressive Union Armies: Army of Northeastern Virginia - Washington DC - 35,000 men - Irvin McDowell Patterson's Command - Harper's Ferry - 18,000 men - Robert Patterson Confederate Eastern Commander - @Timur Confederate Armies: Army of the Potomac - Manassas Junction - 23,000 men - P. G. T. Beauregard Army of the Shenandoah - Winchester - 12,000 men - Joseph E. Johnston Western Theater: To the immediate west of the preparation and planning of Virginia, silence has fallen on the land. Kentucky has declared her neutrality, and with that both sides have preoccupied themselves with recruitment and organization. It is not clear how long Kentucky's neutrality will last, or who will strike first if the state asserts its position, but for now the front is quiet, with the clash of major forces being left elsewhere for the time being. Union Western Commander - @Hestia No Standing Field Armies Confederate Western Commander - @Cal No Standing Field Armies Trans-Mississippi Theater: To the west of the Mississippi, Missouri quickly fell into division over the question of secession, and relations between the pro-secession Governor and Federal troops rapidly broke down after skirmishing and a particularly bloody incident between Federal militia and rioters. This has led to the newly formed Missouri State Guard led by Sterling Price and the elected Governor being forced into the southwest corner of the state by the Union Army of the West, under the command of Nathaniel Lyon. While not yet officially seceded from the Union, Governor Jackson and his fleeing government are now clearly aligned with the Confederacy against the Union advance. Now, the State Guard is organizing and training, while Lyon plans out how to continue his advance and ensure Union hold over Missouri. Meanwhile, to the south in Arkansas, Benjamin McCulloch is forming the Western Army in Little Rock, collecting volunteers for what he hopes will be an effective fighting force against the Union, and in San Antonio, Texas, Henry Hopkins Sibley does the same, with dreams of Colorado gold and California ports. In the Indian Territory, multiple Native American tribe leaders have demonstrated interest in an alliance with the Confederacy, however the situation looks to divide the tribes, and the future of the Territory is not final. Union Trans-Mississippi Commander - @Zenobiyl Union Armies: Union Army of the West - Jefferson City - 6,000 men - Nathaniel Lyon Confederate Trans-Mississippi Commander - @Kitten Confederate Armies: Missouri State Guard - Southwest Missouri - 7,000 - Sterling Price Western Army - Little Rock - 5,000 - Benjamin McCulloch Army of New Mexico - San Antonio - 2,500 - Henry Hopkins Sibley Current War Situation, original map here. Manassas Campaign Situation Edited January 7, 2022 by The Blood Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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