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RE: Call to Arms - 2/22/2019 7:33:57 PM   
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I found a really cool animated oversimplified video about the Revolutionary War:
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RE: Call to Arms - 2/22/2019 9:44:33 PM   
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RE: Call to Arms - 2/23/2019 1:34:37 AM   
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Shawnee Indians appeared out of the mountains and descended on the Pennsylvanian frontier. They raided and destroyed our foundry at Carlisle, and tore through Lancaster, Reading, and Allentown. Those dastardly British! Washington sent the 1st Lt. Dragoons up to deal with them.

British General Fraser has taken command of the British troops at Boston. The Hessians pushed out to the southeast, towards Cape Cod, but were cutoff and destroyed by some newly recruited RI Militia that responded to the threat to Providence. It was a rare tactical victory for American arms.

And on the northern front the British have finally made a move out of Canada. We are pretty well entrenched at Ticonderoga so unless the British have a lot more up there than we are aware of, we should be able to contain them.

Still not much going on in the southern colonies. However, they have recruited an impressive army: 9 continental army regiments, about the same number of militia, 2 dragoons and some cannon. They are spread out over many hundreds of miles and can do little more than defend their own positions, which is why we havenít done anything with them yet.






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RE: Call to Arms - 2/25/2019 1:26:25 PM   
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Shawnee Indians are streaming in from the frontier. They raided and destroyed our foundry at Carlisle, and swept through Lancaster, Reading, and Allentown. Those dastardly British! Washington sent the 1st Lt. Dragoons up to deal with them.

British General Fraser has taken command of the British troops at Boston. The Hessians pushed out to the southeast, towards Cape Cod, but were cutoff and destroyed by some newly recruited RI Militia that responded to the threat to Providence.

And on the northern front the British have finally made a move out of Canada. We are pretty well entrenched at Ticonderoga so unless the British have a lot more up there than we are aware of, we should be able to contain them.

Still not much going on in the southern colonies. However, between the Carolinas and Georiga we have recruited an impressive army: 9 continental army regiments, about the same number of militia, 2 dragoons and some cannon. They are spread out over many hundreds of miles and can do little more than defend their own positions, which is why we havenít done anything with them yet.






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RE: Call to Arms - 2/27/2019 4:17:21 AM   
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General Burgoyne has joined Carleton, and the British recaptured Fort Ticonderoga. I was not expecting this. Not that I didnít know they had enough strength to do so. I just didnít think they were interested in pushing that far south. There is nothing to be gained unless they are going for AlbanyÖ and they donít have near the strength for that. Still, we plan to start assembling reserves at Albany. Nathaniel Greene has just been comissioned and will probably be given that command.

The Cherokee Nation has taken up arms against us. Several warparties emerged from the Smokey Mountains and are raiding western North Carolina. Weíve noticed some British dragoons moving up from Wilmington at the same time. I donít think this is the beginning of a new major British offensive. Weíve been keeping a close eye on the ports and havenít noticed significant reinforcements for the southern colonies.






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RE: Call to Arms - 2/28/2019 2:07:28 AM   
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Not too much happening this month. Some skirmishes near Boston and Princeton, and chasing down Indian raiders in the Carolinas. It would appear that things are settling down for the approaching winter season.


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RE: Call to Arms - 3/1/2019 2:49:21 AM   
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The second winter of the war has arrived and both sides are hunkered down. Historically, this is when Washington delivered his surprise counterattack at Trenton. Unfortunately, the British are too well deployed for me to repeat that in our game. So the troops will get Christmas off this year.


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RE: Call to Arms - 3/3/2019 3:10:10 AM   
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Situation map for Canada, New England, and the Middle Colonies.






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RE: Call to Arms - 3/3/2019 3:12:47 AM   
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Virginia and the Southern Colonies.






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RE: Call to Arms - 3/4/2019 1:29:48 AM   
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Catawba scouts have reported an interesting development. The British have completely pulled out of New Jersey and consolidated their army in New York. One can only speculate what this reveals about their intentions. New York is easily defended for the British. So they have the option of leaving a small garrison force and heading into New England by land, or the middle/southern colonies by sea. In response to this news Washington broke up the Philadelphia defensive position. He sent the New Jersey Continentals back into their home colony to recapture Morristown, Newark, and Amboy. The Maryland Continentals moved south to fortify the coast between Baltimore and Elkton. Washington himself remained in the Philadelphia area with his core army of Pennsylvania Continentals.






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RE: Call to Arms - 3/5/2019 2:40:58 AM   
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Reinforced, the British have started pushing out in the Boston area. They re-captured Lexington (much quicker than it took me, BTW) and Concord. I believe the British are aware that if they push out too far, then swarms of militia will fall upon their flanks. But Iím not going to rely on gravity to keep the British in check, so weíll be calling up the New Hampshire Militia to lend a hand. Also, General Heath has appeared in Providence. He will share command with Gates (who has been busy organizing supplies in Hartford).






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RE: Call to Arms - 3/6/2019 4:37:15 AM   
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Redcoats have landed a large force at New Bedford and nearly captured Newport. I was expecting something from the excess units guarding New York. I just didnít know where the blow would land. Now I know. My first instinct was to pull back my right wing from Boston and anchor it on the coast. But the newly activated New Hampshire Militia allowed me to stand up a blocking force without disturbing my positions around Boston. So weíll try that first and see what happens.

The British have also resumed offensive operations on the northern front. Engineers assisted the Hessians in crossing Lake George and outflanking Patriot positions south of Ticonderoga, forcing a retreat. Indian war parties and British dragoons swept into the Mohawk Valley from the west and captured Fort Stanwix. They continued their eastern drive until checked by a sortie sent out from Albany by Greene. So, for the moment, the northern frontier is holding.

Finally, the British have started probing inland in North Carolina. A dragoon and foot regiment sallied forth from New Bern and routed a militia battalion in Halifax, and are now headed towards Hillsboro. To meet this new threat, Lee and his Virginia Continentals will head down from the north while while South Carolina and Georgia will send some troops from the south.

Meanwhile, Washington waits in Philadelphia.






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RE: Call to Arms - 3/6/2019 4:40:08 AM   
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Summary of maneuvers in upstate New YorkÖ






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RE: Call to Arms - 3/7/2019 2:18:40 AM   
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Redcoats made some slight gains in Rhode Island and are now threatening Providence. They also continued to poke and prod their way down from Ticonderoga.

Gates was sent down to Charleston to take command of the South Carolina and Georgia forces that are preparing to enter North Carolina. Lee, meanwhile, continued to try and hunt down the Loyalist troops that sacked Tarboro a couple months ago. He was not having much success.

Edit: Notice how far Gates has to move inland from Charleston before he can swing back around to advance on Wilmington. There's no direct route from Charleston to Wilmington. The path is hindered with forests and swamps. If it were the British making this move they would simply jump on some ships. But we don't have that luxury. This type of terrain and movement is a feature of war in the south. It is what gave Cornwallis such trouble in real life.




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RE: Call to Arms - 3/8/2019 1:47:59 AM   
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This was a turn of numerous British assaults on several fronts. The redcoats continued pushing down towards Ft. George and are just a few miles away. Extreme pressure was put on our right wing at Boston. Providence held, but the line is starting to falter. A small expeditionary force sailed to Virginia and unsuccessfully tried to find its way ashore. It was assisted by the 16th Dragoons which suddenly appeared on the coast. From whence it came I havenít a clue. Finally, the redcoats at New Bern started pushing me back with the help of some newly arrived reinforcements (the aborted Virginia group I believe).

To all these thrusts I made minor defensive adjustments, except in the south. There, we are going to pull all the way back to our bases at Hillsboro, Charleston, and Savannah. Lee will return to Virginia. My southern advance was predicated on the British leaving their coastal forts and wearing themselves out chasing me through the swamps and forests of North Carolina. Now that they have returned to their supply base and received reinforcements, itís back to garrison duty for our southern army.

It is the start of the campaigning season, the British have a lot of punch, and I can tell they are getting restless. My goal for the rest of this year is to simply avoid any major defeats. The Patriots are holding their own in this war and the French are on the verge of recognizing our independence. We just need to make it through the next few months.


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RE: Call to Arms - 3/8/2019 8:05:02 AM   
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How is the scenario won or lost? Running out of troops?

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RE: Call to Arms - 3/8/2019 11:37:26 AM   
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In game terms, victory is determined by VPs of controlled objectives.

In strategic terms, destroying enemy forces is more valuable. The objectives can be captured at leisure once the enemy army is destroyed.

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RE: Call to Arms - 3/8/2019 11:54:10 PM   
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More of the same from last month. The redcoats finally captured Providence after a good defensive stand by a mixed bag of continentals and militia.

The developments this year in New England are starting to concern me. The front has turned into that type of open field meat grinder that the British are so good at. We are holding, but barely. I feel like the redcoats could, anytime they wished, just pop my line wide open and drive all the way to New York. I guess Iím starting to doubt my decision to field a large army at Boston.






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RE: Call to Arms - 3/9/2019 11:11:26 PM   
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Excellent AAR!

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RE: Call to Arms - 3/10/2019 1:15:26 AM   
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Thanks.

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RE: Call to Arms - 3/11/2019 3:29:30 AM   
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My assessment of the previous turn may have been too hasty. Even though it feels like Iím getting pummeled at Boston, the casualties are starting to wear on the British. For most of the conflict the British loss penalty had been half of the Americansí. A few months ago it started creeping up. Now it is almost equal. I believe that is a direct result of the fighting in New England. So Iím going to continue my strategy of fielding a large army there and rolling with the punches.

To help out, the newly comissioned Major General Lafayette will be sent to serve under Heath. The young Frenchman is the first high ranking representative of that nation to serve in the Continental Army. International negotiations are going well and we expect, before the year is over, official recognition by France.






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RE: Call to Arms - 3/12/2019 2:02:53 AM   
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The British took advantage of my North Carolina distraction (which weakened my coastal defenses) and landed an expeditionary force at Savannah. The assault was supported by several naval squadrons and the Patriot forces were quickly pushed out of the port. With winter only a couple months away this gives them the option of continuing offensive action for several more months. The southern campaign has begun.

The redcoats have pulled back in the northern theater. They cannot succeed here with the current balance of forces and I think they know it now. In the replay I saw an HQ darting around disengaging British units. Ian will not repeat Burgoyneís mistake of letting his army get surrounded and forced into surrender at Saratoga. We need help at Boston so Iíll start stripping off excess units to transfer from Gates to Heath. Layfayette has arrived in New England and taken command of the American left wing.





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RE: Call to Arms - 3/13/2019 3:23:38 AM   
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France has recognized American independence! This is a major milestone. Within a few months arms and supplies will start streaming into American held ports. Shortly after that the first French ground and naval units should arrive. And at some point after that (it could be up to a year), Spain will start to contibute forces.

This does not guarantee American victory. Indeed, in most games the French do intervene at some point. Itís just a matter of timing. In our case, French intervention seems to be on a roughly historical timeline. The danger for the American player is being impatient and going over to the offensive too early. Thatís what I did in our first match and it cost me the game. Even with French help, the Americans have to be judicious in their application of force.





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RE: Call to Arms - 3/14/2019 4:53:26 AM   
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The British continue to inflict heavy casualties at Boston, and we keep throwing fresh militia into the fray. But I donít know what else to do. If I pull back theyíll capture all of New England. Iím not yet ready to give up the soul of the Revolution.

Washington has been idle at Philadelphia for over a year. I think the time has come for the good general to get his feet dirty. Leaving a large detachment behind in Philadelphia, Washington will lead his army up to New England and go over to the offensive in the Spring. Let it be written, let it be done.


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RE: Call to Arms - 3/16/2019 4:37:00 AM   
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December 1777

Winter brings a welcome respite from the fighting. Time to replace casualties.




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RE: Call to Arms - 3/17/2019 2:41:03 AM   
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January 1778

Situation map for Canada, New England, and the middle colonies





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RE: Call to Arms - 3/17/2019 2:42:35 AM   
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Situation map for Virginia and the southern colonies





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RE: Call to Arms - 3/18/2019 2:41:54 AM   
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Iíve got some initial plans sketched out for Washingtonís counteroffensive in New England. Iíd like to capture Salem by sea assault and land a large force behind British lines, but Iím sure the weak American navy could not pull off something like that so near to a British base of power. And I think we are still a few months away from seeing a French naval squadron in colonial waters. The next best thing would be to ford the Merrimack River and turn the British right flank. Perhaps a quick strike by some light cavalry might even surprise Boston. Meanwhile the main line, reinforced with newly enlisted Connecticut Militia, would apply pressure from the front. Itís the most daring thing Iíve tried in this game so far. If it fails I could lose New England. If it succeeds, I may not actually capture Boston, but the British will suffer irreplaceable casualties defending it.

As I was about to move the militia into position, I saw that the British had broke ranks and split up into 3 groups - a large group around Boston, a smaller group around Providence, and an even smaller one at Newport. This move could have been because the British felt they were too far inland and thus exposed to attack (which in fact is what I was planning). Or it could be that the British were gathering up strength for a new campaign in 1778. I shall have to ponder how this affects my plans.

AAR note: I am delaying these AAR updates by several turns so as to not give my worthy opponent too much valuable intel. By the time this report is posted, whatever action was to occur would have already taken place.





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RE: Call to Arms - 3/18/2019 12:23:25 PM   
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I had to pull back my forces, the supply situation away from the roads is virtually nil so my troops really need to winter in good supply then come out for the next year's campaign with good readiness and supply, Your rapid advance after I pulled back caused some alarm at various HQ's prompting me to act sooner rather than later

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RE: Call to Arms - 3/18/2019 1:54:27 PM   
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Many of the militia that swept forward were supposed to be with the Merrimack crossing. I was impulsive, and it cost me.

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