BOB JAMES wrote:
Sounds good for gaming ease, but McClellan threw some forces in piece meal, some sat, some moved only One division at a time or two of three....at Antietam at least.
Just was at battlefield from this date and I read several books on it...get John Priests he is a guide there and his book is great as well as the South Mt. One and 2nd day at Gettysburg books.
Are you suggesting that when McClellan gave his orders, it was to individual divisions and not the corps commanders?
But a more important point is that the current rule allows you to move the divisions that are best suited to attack the Confederates, something that simply did not happen at all.
Individual divisions moved around in an arbitrary fashion for a number of reasons, but not because McClellan had a God-like view of the battlefield and carefully selected which specific divisions worked best for his needs.
Admittedly, trying to add "realism" to a game system that was not designed with that in mind is a pretty fruitless effort. But having played it several times both with and without the variant in place, I feel pretty strongly that the "Three Corps" rule is not only better for gaming purposes, but it is a better representation of how McClellan gave orders to his forces even if they didn't respond in the manner he wanted.