Category: Western Civilization

  • Traffic Management & Snake Creek Gap

    A civil war army on the move uncoils and stretches out like a slinky.  The rougher the road, tighter the terrain and longer the march, the more attenuated the force becomes — “When these marches commenced, the men would be in regular military order, four abreast; but the first half-mile usually broke up all regularity.” […]

  • What were they doing over there?: Walker’s Div. at Chattanooga

    The selection of Confederate reports for the battle of Chattanooga that made it into the Official Records is skimpy.  There is a report from Bragg, the army commander, but not from either of his corps commanders, Hardee or Breckenridge, and there are no reports from several of the division commanders or their subordinates.  Consider the […]

  • Short Takes

    UPDATE II: has a special on Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary—less than forty bucks today only! UPDATE: I watched an interview on After Words with David Kilcullen, a former Australian soldier and counterinsurgency adviser to US commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan on C-SPAN last night. It’s definitely worth watching not only for what’s going […]

  • Promising New Civil War Computer Game from the Makers of Forge of Freedom

    I was very interested to learn over the weekend that Gil Renberg and his team at Western Civilization Software, the makers of the excellent Civil War grand strategy game Forge of Freedom, will be creating a new regimental level Civil War tactical game based in part on a greatly enhanced tactical engine from that game.  […]

  • Short Takes

    Henry Louis Gates, perhaps better known for his role in the “beer summit,” pens an excellent article on the slavery “blame game.” While we are all familiar with the role played by the United States and the European colonial powers like Britain, France, Holland, Portugal and Spain, there is very little discussion of the role […]

  • Three Civil War Computer Games Patched

    Recent patches have come out for three Civil War computer games.  Forge of Freedom from Western Civilization and Matrix Games has been updated to version 1.12.2.  Campaign Atlanta from HPS Simulations has been updated to version 1.03.  HPS’ newest Civil War game, Campaign Chancellorsville, is now at version 1.01. Check out more Civil War computer […]

  • Gary Grigsby’s War Between the States Patch to Version 1.020

    Gary Grigsby’s War Between the States has been patched to version 1.020. Get the latest patch either here at the Macon Armory GGWBTS fan site Latest Patch page or directly from the Matrix Games web site. In addition to quite a few changes, the patch contains three rules changes as well: Damaged units may not […]