4 o'clock p.m., most of the re-enforcements being in position, the
order was received to advance the whole line and take on silence
the enemy's batteries immediately in front. The order was immediately
obeyed, and the advance was made with the utmost enthusiasm. The
enemy made a desperate resistance, charging our advancing lines
with fierceness, but they were everywhere routed and fled with precipitation.
In this advance the chief loss fell upon the division of General
Willcox, which was most exposed, being on the right, as I have said
above; but it gallantly overcame all obstacles, and the success
was complete along the whole line of the corps."
Brig. Gen. Jacob D. Cox, USA at South Mountain (OR)
of the 2003 Charles S. Roberts Award for Best DTP Produced
on South Mountain covers the American Civil War battle
at South Mountain fought over Turner's and Fox's Gaps, September
the discovery of Confederate Special Order No. 191, which
outlined the disposition of General Robert E. Lee's entire
army across the countryside, Union commander Gen. George McClellan
moved to catch the Rebel Army while it was so dispersed. At
South Mountain, the Federal First and Ninth Corps tangled
with an assorted Confederate force under D.H. Hill, who fought
the battle of his life. Could he hold the Yankees at bay and
buy enough time for Lee to pull his scattered army back together?
on South Mountain is a tactical, brigade-level simulation
of low complexity with an emphasis on command and control. A unique
"army posture" matrix determines the sequence of play
each turn, and leader effectiveness is governed by a combination
of momentum, luck, and resource management.
on the Fire in Mississippi
system, the game adds several new features such as long-range artillery
fire and target disruption, line of sight, corps leaders, and variable
on South Mountain is of high DTP quality with an 11x17 color
map, 140 two-sided, color counters (that must be mounted and cut
apart), a rules booklet, and player charts and cards.
Errata / Questions & Answers
Map and Counters
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Each playing [is] different from the last." Carl Gruber
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