Friday, April 12, 2013

This day 150 years ago in Rebel Raiders’ History

-Dedicated to Civil War episodes, battles, people and ships that also appear in GMT’s Rebel Raiders on the High Seas, my next game.

April 12, 1863
            Historical Event: Union naval forces land General Nathaniel Banks’ troops behind Confederate positions on the Teche River in an effort to trap and destroy the Rebels so Banks can march on Port Hudson.  In a three-day running fight that involves a brief naval action between rival squadrons, the Confederates break out with the help of a captured Union gunboat, the Diana.  Also engaged – and finally lost – was the CSS Queen of the West – a Union army warship of the same name that had been captured and put into service by the Confederate army in February.

            Game Connection:  Army-Navy cooperation is a key part of Union strategy in Rebel Raiders, and in many battles small groups of warships must fight to clear the way for a landing.   The Queen of the West, noted above, appears in the game in its original Union colors as Card 38.

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