Creating the Map part 45 - Tennessee
Welcome to the Volunteer State! Here in Tennessee there are two major urban centres (Nashville and Memphis). Tennessee is also an important logistical centre, with the crossing over the Mississippi at Memphis and the Cumberland at Nashville, as well as the corridor through the Appalachian mountains at Chattanooga being an important key to defeat of the Confederacy should the Union armies seize them.
I've taken the opportunity to try to map out why the Union armies invade in the way Turtledove describes them doing so in the books. The high Cumberland mountains and three rivers (the Clinch River, and the north and south forks of the Holston River) act as a block against an invasion of the CSA from West Virginia into Tennessee except along the Roanoke valley in Virginia, making that the best place to attack outside of Kentucky east of the Mississippi. Similarly an attempt to cross the Appalachians is going to be hard going as there is only one dirt road (that via Asheville, North Carolina) across them - better to go round them, either in the south via Chatanooga or through the North along the Roanoke.
I researched mining in the area but the iron mines of Tennessee seem to have been in decline at the time, whilst the coal mines appear to be of the same coalfield as the Western Kentucky mines that have already been added. The CSA is already quite strong in terms of MPP, but I'm still happy to hear suggestions.
With Tennessee done that is the entirety of North America east of the Mississippi complete, as well as Mexico, the Caribbean, and the west coast of North America also finished. Only sixteen US states (Arkansas, Sequoyah ["Oklahoma"], Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Nevada) and three Canadian provinces (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta) remain to be done. Of these only Arkansas, Manitoba, Sequoyah, Utah, and maybe Alberta are likely to see substantial combat - the rest will likely each get a town and maybe 2-3 settlements each, some very sparse infrastructure, and very broad-brush terrain. To give an example, at this time historically Boise, Idaho only had a population of ~20,000 people, so there really wasn't much to fight over there.
< Message edited by FOARP -- 8/16/2020 3:40:56 PM >