Tactics

To achieve a fair degree of realism, wargamers should follow the tactics of their period as closely as possible, ignoring hindsight and modern developments, and wargame rules are where possible shaped in such a way as to make it worthwhile for players to conform to the tactics of their era and punitive to attempt tactics which are not applicable to that era. The next step in metamorphosis for real armies to wargames ones is therefore a knowledge and understanding of the tactics of the era how...

Basic principles

The American Civil War was the first truly modern war, and the first total war in the modern sense. In fact it is often credited with a long list of firsts, the main ones being the first appearance on the battlefield of large quantities of rifled small arms and artillery, and repeating rifles the first use of railroads as a major means of transporting men and supplies the first extensive use of trench warfare and first widespread use of telegraphic communications, resulting in the rapid...

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Vandenberg Volley Gun

We now know how Civil War armies were organised, the tactics they used and how to apply the rules of scale to reproduce these armies on a wargames table. Now we must study how our wargame armies will move and fight on the table top. As in the previous chapters, we take the real life data, or as close to it as we can get, and scale it down. The US Drill Manual for our period states infantry columns could move at 70 yards per minute in common time, 85 yards quick time, and 110 yards double quick...

Five

This chapter is designed to sum up what has gone before and provide a ready reference for playing wargames. It is not a complete summary of the rules ar.d should be used in conjunction with the detail in chapter four. 1 model soldier 25 real men. 1 model gun 1 battery. 1 mm 1 yard horizontal scale. 4 mm 1 foot vertical scale. 1 game move 2 Vi minutes real time. Classification of units Veterans All Union sharpshooters and Regular regiments, all artillery, and any regiments with a long record of...

Six

There is no one book which will give you all information you require on the American Civil War, but there is a wide range of books currently available on this popular subject and some of these supply information on uniforms as well as weapons, equipment and tactics. Two such books are Mike Blake's American Civil War Infantry and American Civil War Cavalry, both published by Almark. Blandford's Uniform of the American Civil War in colour by Philip Haythornthwaite also provides a great deal of...

American Civil War Wargaming

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