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Carl Fung
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I've attached two images comparing the game to the historical situation.

The first is the Battle of Monocacy at the height of the battle as depicted in the initial set up for the scenario "The Whiz of Flying Iron" which starts at 3:30pm.



You see Rode's Division in the north skirmishing against the 100-day wonders of the provisional command under Col. Brown. They are protecting the Jug Bridge which is the main route to Baltimore.

Crum's Ford is south of Jug Bridge and defended by the 3rd Maryland (Potomac Home Brigade). It is not under threat from the Confederates but is still vital to defend.

The major crossing is on Map B with the Railroad and Covered Bridges. The Covered Bridge had been burned earlier in the day in the initial skirmishing stranding some Union forces on the west side of the river yet they still put up a fight while falling back against Ramseur's Division. The main Union force here are the more Maryland troops and a handful of artillery under Lew Wallace's VIII Corps (also called the Middle Department).

The main action is on the southern front, where McCausland's Cavalry Brigade had discovered the Worthington Ford early in the day yet failed to exploit the success after two unsuccessful attacks on Union regulars (not just any regulars, a division of the Army of the Potomac's VI Corps). The indomitable John B. Gordon has crossed the ford to replace McCausland is is poised to attack the Union line. He will succeed in what was called "Short, Decisive, and Bloody" and finally decide the battle.

John C. Breckinridge is bringing up the rear, uncommitted, but ready to move had Gordon's attack not succeeded.
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The second image depicts the Battle of Fort Stevens at the climax. The set up is for the scenario "After the 36th Shot" simulating General Wheaton's counterattack to drive the Confederates from Washington's perimeter.



Most of the forces on both sides are spread across in a long skirmish line and both sized each other after initial contact the day before.

Two Union Brigades under Bidwell and Edwards, both from the Army of the Potomac's VI Corps were tasked to clear the front of Fort Stevens. It was a bloody affair with many casualties and most of the regimental commanders participating in the attack killed or wounded. The attack succeeded, however, causing Early to withdraw his forces from Washington.

It's both of these image comparison that I strived to capture the feel and historical positions in each battle.

Enjoy. I'll be sure to post more information on To Take Washington and please get the word out to others to pre-order.

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Carl
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I just visited the battlefield a couple of weeks ago. It's remarkably well-preserved, despite being right on the outskirts of Frederick! We're lucky it hasn't been gobbled up by exurban sprawl!

The visitor center gives a nice view over the field toward the river where most of the action took place...



The first attempt by the Rebels to turn the Union position...



Here's the Thomas Farm, scene of the final attack...



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