Thanks. I don't do much war gaming and I found this description confusing. I kept on looking for a description or list of the 4 different phases. Lol. I must have read this 10 times before thought I understood what I meant.
I can see how you might have been thinking 4 different phases with 4 different things to do in each one.
Once you understand it, it's one of the best parts of the game and something that makes each game different. Either side can have the initiative each phase, and each phase can have 2-5 Action Points. How that all plays out really influences how the game goes. For example, in my current game as the Union, I've had the initiative a lot of the time, but often with only 2 APs. It's hard to launch a big coordinated offensive without more APs. So I'm picking away at the CSA, waiting for my moment, hoping I'm still in shape to attack when I get my chance. (On the other hand, I haven't been forced into "On to Richmond" attacks that I wasn't ready to make.)