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Matthew Looby
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RE: Longstreet (CSA) vs. Looby (USA), Shenandoah Ver. 1.1.

In turn 5 Ewell attacked Shields at Bentonville. Shields had two artillery batteries (one of Banks) and two C2 brigades, plus his cav unit and other reinforcements arriving on round 2 from Front Royal.

Ewell with Taylor, Trimble, 1 Cav Regiment,and his arty battery, appeared to be disadvantaged, but Shields units rolled poorly while Old Baldy was hot! After three rounds Ewell got his nose bloodied and retreated. All save one Union artillery unit were reduced to 1 cv.

On turn 6, six Shields units escaped off-map and he will need some many SPs to rebuild.

Ewell is weakened, Banks division lost 2 brigades, Kenly and Gordon, and a Cav Regt, yet he still has his cav, arty and C2 Donnelly plus a couple detachments.

Jackson's division is at full strength, reinforced with detachments.

At the start of turn 7, CSA control Strasburg, Salem, and Brandywine. Freemont still holds Franklin, but I expect he may have to abandon that town as Jackson is a serious threat in the lower valley. (Maybe maybe not Longstreet!)

Banks needs to stall Jackson's advance towards Martinsburg and Harpers Ferry. This will be a mighty task. Freemont needs to bide for time by threatening Jackson's line of supply and wait for Shields (possible) return.

Neither player has a enough SPs to work with... but rebuild Shields, the USA must, as there is no way of predicting how much damage Jackson will inflict on Banks.

Right now the score is USA 6 CSA 2.5. The game is shaping up to be another nail biter!

BTW the Initiative Rule plays very nicely!
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The final score USA 10 CSA 6.

During the middle game, Jackson hammered Freemont at Wardensville shattering 1 brigade and a regiment. In other smaller conflicts, Jackson was able to shatter Broadhead and a few more blocks. By that point, the game was tied at 6-6. Jackson was on the march, Franklin was wide open, the situation looked grim for the Union. Had Jackson been able to seize Franklin, he would have been up 7-6, and all he needed to do was play defense.

However, as Jackson marched on Falling Waters, Freemont made a desperate attack ( with Stahel and DeBeck) from Capon Bridge to Pughtown.
Defending Pughtown were four CSA blocks, strength, unknown. Hopefully those four blocks would be detachments... yes! 3 detachments and a 1cv Ashby. The USA got lucky and rolled well, all 4 CSA blocks were shattered. The score was USA 8.5 CSA 6,

The Rebs lost a latter battle at Moorefield and the score went to 10-6 USA. By turn 15 there was little the CSA could gain, so the CSA conceded.

We did not play the Optional Detachment Rule, and if we had, units could have rebuilt more rapidly.


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