Rebel Raiders Replay (Turn 5)
Designer Mark McLaughlin as
CSA; Naval Historian Brandon Musler as USA
When we left off last time, the
Union had gained its first big victories, taking
the port of St. Augustine and the fort space at
Island No. 10…
5 – August
Captains Rethinking Career Choices…
Six Blockade Runners are caught in the
net! Four of them loaded! The Francis Bonneau card comes
out again, giving the South a much needed free Blockade Runner. Even with Bonneau, only 8 VP of cargo make it
through. A desperate attempt to clear
out the Blockade Station at Norfolk in a one-on-one gunboat sortie fails, and
the Blockade Runner in the port has to take its chances getting out – and is
promptly intercepted by the Union.
At least now the growing fleet of Raiders is taking a toll – sweeping up 10 VP for the South.
Batteries are placed in
and Nashville in response to the
Union push down the River to Island No. 10.
The new Ironclad appears in Memphis,
along with a Gunboat. Three Blockade
Runners and a Raider are built, and 20 VP is spent to place a Battery
The Rebel spy A Rose by Any Other Name (Card 82) allows Mark a sneak peak at two cards from the Union hand, and Mark chooses to discard the Engine Breakdown (Card 47) which can immobilize Rebel Ironclads, as this could seriously hamper his defense of Memphis, which now has two Ironclads and two Gunboats with its Batteries.
...Be Vewy, Vewy Quiet, Wewe Hunting Webel Waiders...eh eh eh eh eh
Union, its blockade now solid on
and with gunboats filtering around into the Gulf ports as well, decides it has
such as surfeit of Screw Sloops that it can afford to go hunting Raiders. Atlantic Coast Brandon
has been sending out single sloops to search for and sit beside Raiders (this
later tactic means the South can not just sit in one spot and raid-raid-raid,
as it would be subject to increasingly better searches, but must move and thus
give up at least one of those raid attempts).
Now he is send out stacks to hunt them…no luck at first, but the “happy
time” for Raiders is drawing to its end.
Rather than take on the massive force at
Brandon sends his river fleet to
Henry & Donelson, where he destroys the battery but TWICE fails the attack
rolls, leaving it in Rebel hands. (See Illustration Below).
To be continued…..