Wednesday, April 17, 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 17, 1863
            Historical Event: Grierson’s Raid.  On this date in 1863 Colonel Benjamin Grierson set off with a brigade of 1,700 Yankee cavalrymen to ride deep behind Confederate lines.  His mission: to tear up railroads, burn bridges and destroy rolling stock and any military supplies he could find.  The highly successful one-way raid began in Tennessee, roared through Mississippi and ended at Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

            Game Connection:  The disruption of Confederate supply and production caused by the raid is recreated through the play of Union Card 42, The Horse Soldiers.  The name is in homage to the popular John Wayne movie of the same name, which in turn was based on the best-selling novel by Harold Sinclair.

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