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Subject: 2011 Newburg FTF game, turns 9 - 13, end rss

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Warren Bruhn
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We resumed the FTF game is Newburg, Oregon today with turn 9. Jim, who had only played solitaire before was still playing the Union. Phil, the host who owns the barn where the game was set up, slipped into the CSA chair while I coached. We played until near the end of turn 13 when Jim conceded that he wasn't going to get Lincoln reelected.

The CSA AoT was in control of Western Kentucky from one space south of Paducah. That army moved once during these turns 9 - 13 just to drop off a couple of SP to the SW of Paducah and in Paducah. When a CSA fort was built just SW of Paducah, a Union transport was damaged and the whole Union river navy at Cairo had to move. There was already a fort in Paducah, so the river was totally tied up with CSA forts. There was also a Union fort in Cairo with the Union AoT under Banks.

In the East Grant's AoP got moving and fought another couple of battles against the ANV under Lee, and Lee was forced back to Richmond. There the CSA was able to maintain so much force that Grant was able to get nowhere. AP Hill and another CSA * leader were killed however. But Sheridan *** was killed on a snake eyes followed by a 7. The CSA sent Morgan and an SP out of New Bern just to get cavalry out in space to threaten the Union lines of supply in Virginia, but the AoP and AoJ had a good spread of reaction radii that prevented any real opportunity for Morgan to do anything. After Grant became a **** he left the AoP under Sherman and moved to Lyon's AoC at Bowling Green.

Along the Carolina coast the CSA built a fort at Wilmington and took in enough reinforcements at the fort in New Bern to have a medium force. Then the CSA built it's 5th fortress at Charleston. The USA has three 6 SP stacks at Ft. Fisher, Ft. Sumter, and at Moorehead City. When the USA sent Schofield and Farragut to Ft. Fisher with a lot of ironclads and a couple more Union SP, the CSA reacted by moving more troops into Wilmington to bring it up to 6 SP under * Early. When the combined naval & land move finally came, the CSA fort at Wilmington sank a Union transport, and the CSA won the land battle. Early's force rallied before the end of the turn but Schofield's did not. And Early was not pomoted. The CSA railed another SP to Wilminton to make up the loss. That pretty much ended the campaigns in the Carolinas as the CSA had strong medium forces in forts or fortresses and the USA shifted priorities to the west.

The Yanks were all tangled up with CSA forts and ironclads. The CSA moved an ironclad north to the fort SW of Paducah, leaving another ironclad at Memphis. This completely controlled the Mississippi between the two forts. Then the CSA built the Palmetto State ironclad in Nashville, further restricting Union movement. This was just too much, so Jim sent Foote and 6 Union river ironclads past the guns of two CSA forts by or in Paducah and under the guns of fortress Nashville. One Union ironclad was damaged and the Palmetto State was sunk, and then Foote's force blocked off the Cumberland River between Paducah and Nashville.

In the meantime, Buell had taken 6 SP down to unoccupied Knoxville. Hood *** took charge of a CSA medium force built up at Decatur and then moved east. So Buell built a fort, then a depot, then a fortress in Knoxville. Hood's force came up one hex short of Knoxville from the SW and built a fort. That ended the campaign in East Tennessee.

Grant finally got Lyon moving, marching around to the SE of Nashville and attacking. The battle was bloody, and JE Johnston's AoM, outnumbered 2:1 got the worst of the -3/-4 attack, but held because of the fortress at Nashville. Unfortunately for the Union, * Thomas died in the battle. The CSA did not have to burn the depot at Nashville because a CSA depot had been built at Decatur. But Forrest and another good leader were wounded, and * Jackson had just been shipped off to Richmond. So the AoM was left demoralized and lost another SP at the end of turn rally, and was left with only +1 for combat dice to start the next turn. So Grant attacked at the beginning of the next turn before the CSA could reinforce, with 19 SP in the AoC and +4 to the dice vs. 6 SP and +1 to the dice for the CSA. After dice rerolls the AoC wasn't even demoralized, but the CSA had suffered a d3!

Instead of staying in Nashville with a small force, JE Johnston raced west across the Tennessee River with only 3 SP. Then the CSA AoM took in leaders and reinforcements and rallied. Grant then moved to take Nashville and its fortress and control some rail lines in middle Tennessee. Then Lyon was detached with 6 SP to got through Decatur and into Alabama.

At this point the Alabama and Florida had sunk 79 Union ships. Might have been more but I think I forgot to roll for the CSA for a turn or so previously. The CP table use was almost as high as the Union VP. Did not help that yet another turn ended on a roll of doubles after 3 CP table uses and with many CP left unused. Jim's habit of waiting out the CSA to make the CSA spend CP first bit him again.

There the game ended. With the Carolina coast strongly held by the CSA, with 25 CSA SP in fortress Richmond (including 20 in the ANV), with 3 CSA armies in Memphis (AoW) and south of Paducah (AoT) and along the Tennessee River (AoM) and forts and fortresses and ironclads along the Mississippi, and with 5 SP under Polk in Fayetteville, Arkansas, there was clearly no hope for the Union to get Lincoln reelected on turn 17. So Jim threw in the towell.

Hopefully Jim will try the CSA next time, though he is very partial to the Union.
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