Monday, April 22, 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 22, 1863
            Historical Event:  As 18 Union supply ships attempt to run past the guns at Vicksburg, Confederate defender General Pemberton prepares to attack the Union fleet with fire rafts.  Eleven of the transports get through; enough to allow General Grant to maintain his siege.

            Game Connection:  Vicksburg is the key to the Mississippi in Rebel Raiders, and its retention is made even more valuable if playing with the “Mississippi Survival” Bonus Victory Points optional rule.  Taking a fortified Vicksburg requires a strong naval presence on the river, and one way the Confederates can weaken that is through the play of a card that reflects the tactic Pemberton used this day 150 years ago in Rebel Raiders’ History….

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