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Board Game: Indian Wars [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Alex Bagosy
United States
Ladera Ranch
California
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One of several "war card games" produced by the publisher. This particular game covers the battles in North America between American troops and Native American tribes.

As the son of a Native American mother, I have a mixed opinion of the subject matter. I don't necessarily object to gaming it, though some games, I think, go too far.

For example, at Historicon several years ago a group put on a game about Wounded Knee, which I found to be just a tad bit questionable. On the other hand, it's a free country, as they say, and I'm not going to tell people how they should think/behave. Just not my cup of tea.




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Board Game: Indian Wars [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Sean Chick (Formerly Paul O'Sullivan)
United States
New Orleans
Louisiana
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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Commanding General of the United States Army - Reformer

When Grant became president he named Sherman as commander of all the armies, with plans to broaden its powers in what was a nebulous position. Sherman bungled things. He was wary of the assignment and almost turned it down, but once he arrived he acted in a rather imperious manner. In the Senate John Logan, still harboring a grudge, accused Sherman of wanting to carry out a military coup. Radicals decried his posting since they feared he might retard progress in Reconstruction. Southerners by contrast considered him a friend and his stock rose in Dixie. In the disagreements between Sherman and Grant's Secretary of War, first John Rawlins then William Belknap, Grant sided with his cabinet. Tellingly, Grant and Sherman drifted apart. Their relations became reserved, and the Spartan Sherman disliked Grant's new affinity for radical politics and luxury. It is no wonder that the estranged Thomas now earned Sherman's sympathy but much too late, as he died in California.

Sherman was allowed to continue his Indian war strategy, but his attempts to improve the army's organization and officer training failed to go as far as he desired. The establishment of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and the reform of West Point away from its engineering emphasis, was his greatest success. Sherman was part of the push towards professionalization, and he supported the careers of like minded officers, including Sheridan, Hazen, and Emory Upton. In the wake of the Franco-Prussian War, he supported a move from copying French and British trends towards those of Germany, although Sherman successfully adopted the French method of officer training. In Sherman, America had its first army commander who saw himself as a reformer and not a caretaker or mere administrator. Although he was not the father of the modern army he pointed the way towards the military that would emerge in the 20th century, even more so than Winfield Scott and Ulysses Grant.

Sherman as Commander of the Army
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Board Game: Indian Wars [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Todd
United States
Phoenix
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Board Game: Indian Wars [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Andreas Hellwig
Germany
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