Sunday, November 24, 2013

This day 150 years ago in Rebel Raiders’ History

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

November 23-24-25, 1863:  Lookout Mountain & Missionary Ridge

Historical Event:  Union troops stormed Lookout Mountain (24th) and Missionary Ridge (25th), finally breaking the long Confederate siege of Chattanooga and opening the way for the Federal advance out of Tennessee and into Georgia.  The two assaults were made possible by a preparatory attack on the Rebel defensive position on Orchard Knob on the 23rd.

Game Connection:    Although primarily a naval game, the land war is represented in Rebel Raiders on the High Seas, and Chattanooga is a key defensive position for the South.  Three of the Union generals who participated in the battles there are represented by cards:  Ulysses Simpson Grant (USN Card 8 – Grant Takes Command), William Tecumseh Sherman (USN Card 50) and Philip Sheridan (USN Card 11).  The courage and resilience of the Union soldiers who stormed those heights is also represented by a card (USN Card 46 – One More Effort Boys!) as is the “Lack of Brains” by a certain ill-starred Confederate general, one Braxton Bragg, whose picture appears on the card of that name (USN Card 7).

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