After several aborted attempts (thanks to wind devils hurling tree branches and ice daemons cavorting all over the pavement), I finally made it up to York again for another ACW naval action (the first was the one Miles produced set in Mobile Bay back in January).
The header image (from Wikipedia commons) shows a map of the actual campaign around Vicksburg. Likely our action (only slightly smaller than The Battle of the Heligoland Bight) took place somewhere south of Ft. Pemberton, the Yankee’s Yazoo Pass expedition having been wildly, if non-historically, successful.
Incidentally, I don’t know if these vessels are called ships or boats. Usually a boat is a small vessel that can be carried by a ship, unless it is a submarine (or about fifteen other things). I’ll call them ships.
As usual I kept no notes and, continuing to be thunderstruck by having other humans involved in a wargame, may misremember a good portion of what was going on. My two ship Confederate squadron had Greg’s to my right and Miles’ to the left but beyond that details are vague. The Yankee’s consisted of an indeterminate number of players who buzzed around like a cloud of flies over carrion (who knew at the time that we Sons of the South were the feast).
I recollect that the main opposition was Ed (him I have reason to remember well) and Jasper (publisher of WSS and visiting for the evening) who blew one of my ships out of the water! The rest is murky, particularly on the far shore. Chal and Keith were over there but which side they were on I have no idea. Tony would occasionally appear, like an Olympian god, to interfere in someway but, again, I don’t know which side he was on, if either.
Did I mention that rivers have currents? They do and we were working against it. It was sometimes hard to even stay stationary much less steam north.
Although I have almost always lived among the remnants of the late unpleasantness, I have never spent much time with the ACW in my wargaming life. If I keep visiting York this may change. As I have done a good deal of WW1 naval gaming these ACW naval games may very well be acting as a gateway drug!