Coregonas wrote:About leaders, its of the utter importance promoting the most brigadiers to full generals, in order to lead our (hope) big army.
I believe the best leaders should go to the areas with more battle, to allow for this.
General Lee, if you believe Jackson is the ideal commander for the WV raid, go for it. And hope some of our best brigadiers can earn some glory there(Most of our best high ranked generals desire this work Huger, for instance... Magruder can be an ideal reinforcement, just Smith seems to be in the right place at the right moment).
Coregonas wrote:Also, as a general idea, I propose assaulting instead of long term siege as much as possible. SPEED is a must. This is somewhat hard for our men, but we need heroes to bring up our morale!
Banks6060 wrote:Absolutely agree....I will write an official request once the game is underway next weekend, but it's likely that I will need three Brig Gens. to accompany Jackson into WV...I would think E.K. Smith, Magruder, and Bee to be sufficient. I would give each of them a brigade under Jackson so as to rack up as much experience and hopefully, seniority for them as possible...then we may be able to send them west as more able and accomplished Division commanders or perhaps Corps Commanders. Their stats being bumped by A.S. Johnston's could end up being pretty good...especially Smith's.
May I also inquire with you soloswolf about New Orleans? I am willing to assist with its defense in any way I can...perhaps by sending over some units from Georgia or what-not. Or perhaps for an early Assault on Ft. Pickens....if the enemy is smart...they'll know that establishing a base around Pensacola will be crucial for further operations in the gulf. Any deterrant to the "Anaconda Plan" will be a benefit to us. So let me know if you need anything.
Banks6060 wrote:May I also inquire with you soloswolf about New Orleans? I am willing to assist with its defense in any way I can...perhaps by sending over some units from Georgia or what-not. Or perhaps for an early Assault on Ft. Pickens....if the enemy is smart...they'll know that establishing a base around Pensacola will be crucial for further operations in the gulf. Any deterrant to the "Anaconda Plan" will be a benefit to us. So let me know if you need anything.
soloswolf wrote:Just to clarify...
I want to invade KY. I know we will trigger them to go to the Union, but the loyalty change is slow and I think the gains far outweigh the costs.
*We can hold KY and TN much easier by taking Paducah and Bowling Green.
*Raids can be launched much more effectively into surrounding areas from those two points than points strictly in TN.
*Most importantly, I think taking the initiative is important. I want to dictate the terms of the fighting in my theater as much as possible. And as my lines will not hold forever, I would like to add an extra one to my defenses.
*The obvious: the state switches to them and they will eventually be able to build units there.
*They will get a few bonus units.
Am I missing anything? What are your thoughts?
Coregonas wrote:What are also your ideas on:
2) Both USA forts. (Can we organize a quick assault on them, especially the gulf one?)
3) About KY, I agree with a full assault since the very first turns.
--- Just asking if we can wait for assault (Paducah / Bowling Green) just a few weeks. How much time can you delay the full assault? (Perhaps waiting simply a month can trigger KY to us we should not be stopped, raids can start.) --- Its not important anyway. Orders should be clear... Go and Occuppy Kentucky.!
I m not sure but perhaps a low rank leader capable of division command should be sent with Beauregard inmediatly, before even sending to Jackson s, and the federals can move.
This could release one of the corps commanders towards Richmond, join Lee & Cooper once released from office duties, so we can defend the capitol with a couple corps. Also it could be used as a mobile reinforcement corps once replacements arrive.
Meanwhile, Johnston should go by RR to "Nashville HQ". On next week Magruder could join Jackson. Also, Smith & Price seem to need each a division just from the start?
soloswolf wrote:Regarding VA: I also feel no corps size force should be relegated to capital defense. It is close enough that we can move to the area if needed.
A final point: I think getting a higher percentage of the early reinforcements in '61 would allow us to capitalize on a surprise push into KY, as well as really dig in across TN.
Coregonas wrote:a) Sorry its a misunderstanding, dont refered to send troops from manasas... just need to get Lee and Cooper into the command chain. (militias and other reinforcements--- conscripts for cooper are a must, could be sent there for upgrading) The only way is sending a corps (without troops) to join lee and then cooper, so 2 corps in the capital can be better garrison and training ground .
b) Do you refer sending more reinforcements to the Western CiC ? I agree, what do you Lee believe?. Just I am sure I will priorize recruitment the cheaper the better, and this will include recruitment a few days back of the line front... Hope I can upgrade RR cap once a few months pass.
soloswolf wrote:Here is my first 'Christmas in July' list.
(1) 5 element bde., (1) 3 element bde., (2) sharpshooters, (4) militia, (5) cavalry, (1) 10# Cannon
(2) 6 element bdes, (2) 3 element (arty) bdes, (7) militia, (3) cavalry
(2) zouave, (4) militia, (2) 6# light arty
(4) TX rangers
And I would like 69 (I think) of our opening rail points and 6 (I think) of our opening river points.
This is a lot. And it does require that we use all of our options other than printing money. (These troops I requested use a bit less than half of our resources.) Having said that it is a lot, I want more! But let's start here and discuss. I don't know how you fellas open your games and I want to keep us moving in the same direction.
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