Another issue with the game is the way it allows leaders to fight anywhere.
For many of the Confederate leaders, the reason they joined that side was to 'defend their home state." That was the case with Robert E Lee. He refused to be transferred to any other region, he was focused on defending Virginia.
That was also the case with Thomas Jackson, he was motivated by a desire to defend Virginia.
The game incorrectly allows Jackson to be assigned to an Army in the West, in fact almost everytime he ends up fighting in the West. This is completely ahistorical, and shouldn't be allowed to happen.
Longstreet was happy to be assigned to the West, he had no objection, neither did JE Johnson, or AS Johnson, or Hood or any number of other Confederate officers. But many of the Virginians refused transfers.
A little historical research on this issue, and corrections of the game mechanics for Officers would be in order for the game designers.
The AI sends Jackson out west because after Lee he is the most highly rated general. You are right that this is ahistorical. But at the same time, the game doesn't think in terms of theaters when it comes to generals, so to keep him from going out there would take an enormous amount of coding and testing. And for just one general, that just isn't worth it, especially since it only happens when someone plays against the AI as the Union. If it bothers you enough, just mod the file to reduce his stats a bit and it probably won't happen again. Or, mod the stats of a western general to make them better.
As for research, as the editor of the bios project I hardly think I need to spend more time researching Civil War generals to learn what made them tick...
EDIT: I've seen the AI send Jackson and his army back to Virginia if there's no longer a threat out west.
< Message edited by Gil R. -- 2/2/2009 10:48:48 PM >