Jim D Burns
From: Salida, CA.
They may be called divisions for historical accuracy, but they are not formed ones, as you can't build them that early.
You can form divisions right away, but fixed units are not allowed to form, so you have to wait until they unlock. And then you have to wait for the individual commanders to pass their activation check before they can create their divisions, so I recommend you send several more commanders there before the army unlocks. Then on the turn the army unlocks simply form your divisions with whatever commanders are available that pass their checks and you can head to Manassas in much better shape than trying to go in with a bunch of independent brigades.
You’ll still probably lose if the south sticks around, but your losses will be far less and your units will be in good enough shape to fight again very soon if the south tries a counter-attack.
The one thing you won’t be able to do is create a full army stack without command penalties this early. Division consolidation is the most you can hope for this early.
Edit: Another way to assure your army is in as good a shape as possible as soon as possible, is to build divisions with non-fixed units before the unlock, so on the turn your army unlocks you already have the division shells created to place the units into. Also command penalties for division creation should be gone making your troops that much more effective.
You may need to build a few militia units to use as division placeholders (divisions don’t stay active if you don’t put at least one unit inside), but that’s risky as you need most of your early manpower for replacement chits to help flesh out your armies that arrive on map at partial strength.
< Message edited by Jim D Burns -- 9/21/2013 8:59:30 AM >