Rebel Raiders Replay (Turn 7, Continued)
Designer Mark McLaughlin as
CSA; Naval Historian Brandon Musler as USA
When we were last here, the North had just retreated from its abortive naval attack on
…a battle in which three Rebel and two Union
cards were played. Brandon, however,
pulled back the remnants of one fleet only to come on again with a fresh force… Nashville
Turn 7 (Part II) The Second
of Battle : –
Gunboats vs. Batteries Nashville
The battle opens with a mighty cannonade of rolling dice and….
Every shot by every ship and battery in round one MISSES!
Round Two: One Union Gunboat is sunk. Yankees miss.
Round Three: Three Gunboats go down. No Batteries are hit.
The much-reduced Union fleet retires.
A lesser man (say, a Halleck or a McClellan) would call it a day – especially after losing two battles and two-thirds of the fleet in that second battle, but
Brandon is made
of sterner stuff. Even if he can not
weaken the city sufficiently by water, he will try by land….
- On Comes Grant and his Big Guns Nashville
The Union always gets two attacks a turn but Brandon, however, as is good practice for the Union from 1863 on has bought a third attack (the North can buy enough to make four attacks per turn). He comes at
by land, with Siege Train (Card 48) and Grant (Card 8). He uses
Union Tactics (which is a rule, not a card, giving up one of his dice to gain a
+1 to the highest die he rolls). Mark
rolls higher…but Brandon throws
down “Willing to Fight” (Card 5)
which allows the North to re-roll..and comes back in again – and ! Nashville
It took five of the six cards in Brandon’s hand to take Nashville … but he got Siege Train back into his hand (a property of the card if victorious and with a decent die roll) and now Grant is out in the open, face up.
Having kicked open the door to the Confederate heartland (which is entirely undefended) presents the Union with many possibilities, and also allows for the declaration of the Emancipation Proclamation....the consequences of which, along with the mid-game strategic situation, will be discussed in the next posting....
To be continued….