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According to Wikipedia Major-General Robert Patterson was mustered out of the Union army in late July 1861 after failing to prevent J. Johnston from reinforcing Beauregard at the First Battle of Bull Run but the game allows him to stick around until turn 4 (December 1861) when he is replaced by Banks. I suppose with him being only a 0-0-4 general it doesn't make much difference but I was wondering if this is a historical inaccuracy or if Wikipedia has got it wrong.
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Eddy del Rio
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From http://www.historycentral.com/Bio/UGENS/USAPatterson.html

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When the Civil War began, General Scott mustered him into the Union volunteer service. Commissioned major general of Pennsylvania volunteers, he was placed in command of the Department of Pennsylvania. In May of 1861, Patterson responded timidly and poorly to instructions from Scott to retake the US arsenal at Harpers Ferry. His failure to act effectively gave Confederates the opportunity to evacuate the arsenal, destroy the buildings and join the main Confederate army at Manassas. Scott ordered Patterson to be relieved of command. Patterson received an honorable discharge on July 27, 1861, only three months after he was commissioned.


So [if internet can be believed] it looks like Mr. Simonitch graciously gave Patterson a little longer to do something.
 
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Baldrick0712 wrote:
According to Wikipedia Major-General Robert Patterson was mustered out of the Union army in late July 1861 after failing to prevent J. Johnston from reinforcing Beauregard at the First Battle of Bull Run but the game allows him to stick around until turn 4 (December 1861) when he is replaced by Banks. I suppose with him being only a 0-0-4 general it doesn't make much difference but I was wondering if this is a historical inaccuracy or if Wikipedia has got it wrong.


"Casualties among Generals from severe or mortal injury generally occur at the historical times per the Turn Record Track."

Patterson and Morgan are among the exceptions (and why the word "generally" is in the rule). In both cases they effectively represent other unnamed leaders. In the case of Patterson it provides the Union a transition to Banks. In the case of Morgan it prevents shorting the Confederacy a cavalry unit.
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Abstractions are part of the nature of wargames.
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Thanks for all your replies. I am happy to accept this "abstraction" in the name of superior gameplay/balance. Any game of TUSCW is pretty much alternate history after the first couple of turns anyway. Patterson was effectively sacked for his part in the disaster of First Bull Run, which might not even happen in your game.
 
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