There was nothing left in Alexandria after the battle but a garrison, for some reason it survived. Then due to the fort rule Lee and his entire Army/Corps could not move out of Alexandria into any adjacent Union Territory. They were stuck an entire turn while McDowell and all of his Corps had level 1 entrenchment I think(perhaps 2 by the time my Army could pursue) into Leesburg/Chambers/then D.C. as I Had planned. So one tiny little fortress rule sort of offset my plans.. Frustrating! Rules are rules though and knowing them better gives you that advantage.
Lee can win in '62, I've pulled this move nearly successfully in '63. Though that required the Union to be terrible at preparing an Eastern Defense. The Union must keep more sufficient forces in Maryland, even than Tripax had done. Had my troops not been caught, I had been refreshed on rules the lower cohesion and lower replacements in the Union manpower pool for the subsequent turn could have turn the tide to more like 30%-40% chance for CSA Victory. Though the technical error was too big.(Tripax did not entrench sufficiently behind in Maryland. Nor did he send Grant. Which I don't quite understand. Though ultimately he can move his Capitol! Which really makes D.C. less appealing than it should be. It's not going to end the game unless the Union player is Stubborn. So a House Rule to force D.C. to remain is the only way the CSA can actually win with this strategy.
In this Chess match I didn't deserve the victory, Tripax got his pawns out the door faster, mobilized faster and did everything better. I feel though it's the fact I'm rusty and he's not that he won. I haven't faced a Union opponent at his caliber as few ask me for a match.
Last game I had vs a fair Union player we took it till near '64 and I nearly took D.C. with this precise move... Though that fellow was no Tripax! Finest opponent I've played so far!
Gray Fox wrote:So as I understand it, Lee chased McDowell out of Alexandria. Franklin retreated into the fortification in Alexandria. Lee then crossed the Potomac and attacked directly into D.C. Is that correct?
Crossing a major river before battle always invites a slaughter. I cross the Potomac upstream and then march into the Union Capital on the dry land side. Did BattleVonWar use synchronized move or did he send in Jackson and hope for MTSG?