Turn 1: Spring 1861
Strategic Will: Union 100- Confederates 100+
Reinforcement Phase: Not performed on Turn 1.
Deal Strategy Cards:
Conduct Strategy Rounds:
Max plays “Pre-War Treachery” for 3 Ops.
2 SP’s from the Army of the Potomac in D.C. invade Fort St. Phillip Jackson. The Union rolls a 2, killing 1 SP. The South doesn’t bother rolling as every result will automatically kill 1 SP. Ordinarily this tie would result in a Confederate (defender) victory. Because the fort was garrisoned by zero SP’s however, the Union wins with 1 SP surviving. SW: Union gains 3 (103+), Confederate loses 4 (96-)
1 SP to Sabine City, TX and 1 SP to Wilmington, NC. So much for reinforcing Fort St. Phillip Jackson from Little Rock! Now the West Gulf Blockade Zone is especially vulnerable to closing, so I needed to reinforce the one remaining port in the zone. I’ll add another SP in turn 2 and with any luck I can put a fort there to seal the deal.
J Johnston (2-1-2) in Winchester, VA activates and moves to join Beauregard in Manassas, VA. Now my eastern forces are a little more secure and Richmond is better screened.
Lucas plays “Confederate Torpedoes” for the event “Confederate receives 3 torpedo counters. Must be placed in a friendly controlled port and no more than one per space. Torpedoes provide a -1 DRM against Running the Guns and a +1 DRM against Amphibious Assaults.”
I place my torps in Sabine City, TX, Ft Gadsen, FL, and Little Rock, AR. With Ft. St Philip Jackson fallen, the West Gulf Blockade zone is in great danger of being closed. Sealing Little Rock and Sabine City will help keep it open. I considered putting a torp in New Orleans, but it’s too vulnerable to being destroyed before I get a fort there to close the Mississippi. I need a fort in Sabine city to keep the zone secure so it may be a while before I can put one in New Orleans. Ft. Gadsen protects Columbus, GA and all the resource spaces in that area.
Max plays “Glory Hallelujah” for the event “Union immediately receives 3 SP’s for raising Negro troops. The SP’s can be placed in any Union controlled space (even one without an LOC) that doesn’t contain a Confederate SP or fort.”
The SP’s are placed in Frederick, MD, bringing that force up to 4 SP’s.
1 SP from Wilmington, NC is moved to Fort Fisher. Fisher is the only coastal fort in the North Atlantic Blockade zone not in Union hands at game start. Putting an SP here makes this zone safer.
Political Control: Union places PC marker in Ft. St. Phillip Jackson.
Attrition: Union loses 1 SP in Frederick, MD and Washington D.C. Confederate loses 1 SP in Manassas, VA.