The Battle that saved Washington

Today Sven and I went for the smaller version of the Battle of Monocacy respectively scenario 4 in MMP’s TO TAKE WASHINGTON ~ Jubal Early’s Summer 1864 Campaign.  I played the Confederates and he took the Union defenders. Our main aim was to get into the rules and see how we would like the game. And off course to have a pleasant day with a friendly game.

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LoB: To Take Washington

Fully in flamed with the American Civil War or Second War of Indipendance as the Confederates referred to it, I have taken to approach  the topic from different angles. The GCACW Series is one of my favoreds as one can estimate from my recent posts on this blog.

A different level of detail brings me to the Line of Battle series published by MMP. I got hold of the latest title To Take Washington that covers Jubal Early’s advance on Washington in September 1864. As the GBACW: Road to Gettysburg II also contains Rebells in the White House I now can play the campaing as well as the Battle of Monocacy itself.

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GCACW: Stonewall Jacksons Way

Stonewall Jacksons Way published in 1992 by The Avalon HIll  Game Company I aquired some 15 year ago from a wargames buddy. The game spent all the years in a dark shelf as I never found the time to occupy myself more closely with it.  I allways admired the maps but never came round to actually read the rules.

Cedar Mountain scenario result with Federal and CSA casualties shown as colored cubes.

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Altar of Freedom: Rebasing the 6mm CSA Miniatures

After some years of abstinence I have resumed painting som miniatures. I got stimulated by the excellent videos by Little Wars TV. I got especially captivated by their videos on the ACW battles of Antitam and Gettysburg. These the club played out with Altar of Freedom Rules that I once bought and used to play quick battles. I played with bases that I pasted pictures of ACW regiment on. I also bought a pack of 6mm Adler Miniatures, but only few of them ever saw my painting table.

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New Work Place

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Yesterday after more than one year of abstaining from painting figures I now reinstalled my work place. I am very happy to have restartet paintig. I find it very satisfying sometimes it is like meditating for me.

One of the tasks I tackle is to finish painting figures that have awaited final touch for a year or longer. First in line are US cavalry and a ACW gun.

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Under the star-spangled banner

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I just finished the autobiographical book “Unter dem Sternenbanner” by Carl Schurz, his memoirs of the years 1852 to 1869. For those interested in history it offers some insights into the Americal political system of those years. What struck me most was his account of the founding of the Republican party in 1854 from the abolitionalist movement. He joined the movement and the party to become one of her leading propagandists.

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