The sub-commander option is a good rule. But lacks just one thing to make it better. A fair distribution of picks for the North and the South.
Currently both sides are given an even number of picks, 5.
Based on my experience with the rule, played from both sides, pbem and solo, i would reccommend a simple change of 4 to the Confederates and 6 for the Republic. Maybe a simple slider to allow a range of picks from 3-6 for the South and 4-7 for the North.
This would address the larger force of arms the Union player is capable of fielding and the historical backdrop of the general officer pools of both sides. (see below)
The effect of making the Rebel player choose abit more wisely, while the Northern player could invest in the Naval picks, at not so great a risk to the land forces is not a bad thing.
I just feel the 5 picks allowed per side currently rates it as pro-Confederate. imho
Anyone else want to chime in?
U.S.Grant said, "
Seeing these officers who had been educated for the profession of arms, both at school and in actual war, which is a far more efficient training, impressed me with the great advantage the South possessed over the North at the beginning of the rebellion. They had from thirty to forty per cent. of the educated soldiers of the Nation. They had no standing army and, consequently, these trained soldiers had to find employment with the troops from their own States. In this way what there was of military education and training was distributed throughout their whole army. The whole loaf was leavened.
The North had a great number of educated and trained soldiers, but the bulk of them were still in the army and were retained, generally with their old commands and rank, until the war had lasted many months. In the Army of the Potomac there was what was known as the "regular brigade," in which, from the commanding officer down to the youngest second lieutenant, every one was educated to his profession. So, too, with many of the batteries; all the officers, generally four in number to each, were men educated for their profession. Some of these went into battle at the beginning under division commanders who were entirely without military training.
“We never felt like we were losing until we were actually dead.”