MikeV wrote:Chalk it up to "fog of war" (or, as von Clausewitz called it, back in the mechanistic Industrial Era: "friction").
It's unrealistic to know exact strength & composition of enemy forces in any 19th Century conflict -- I consider the exact numbers presented as a UI design flaw.
McClellan often immobilized the Army of the Potomac because he imagined them the be vastly outnumbered.
Before the advent of aerial reconnaissance, one of the most difficult aspects of warfare was just finding the other force(s).
(Which is why Grant's summary of the art of war starts with "Find out where your enemy is.")
(And before that, Napoleon organized his corps "in three positions, distant not more than a march from one another" to seek out and contact the enemy.)
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