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GBACW Series

Game series of the Great Battles of the American Civil Wars, often abreviated to GBACW which covers Civil War battles on a regimental scale.

Originally developed by Richard H. Berg, the game system evolved from Terrible Swift Sword: Three Days at Gettysburg (SPI, 1976) over several decades and spanning many design variations from many game companies. Each game uses a common set of Standard Rules and a unique set of Exclusive rules.

1. Series Games

2. Game ordered by chronology

1st Bull Run - July 21, 1861 First Blood: The 1st and 2nd Battles of Manassas / Red Badge of Courage

Wilson's Creek - August 10, 1861 Wilson's Creek: The West's First Fight, August 10, 1861

Pea Ridge - March 7-8, 1862 Pea Ridge: The Gettysburg of the West March 7-8 1862

Kernstown - March 23, 1862 Stonewall: The Battle of Kernstown, March 23, 1862

Shiloh - April 6-7, 1862 Bloody April: The Battle of Shiloh, 1862

Cross Keys - June 8, 1862 Jackson at the Crossroads: Cross Keys & Port Republic, June 8-9, 1862
Port Republic - June 9, 1862 Jackson at the Crossroads: Cross Keys & Port Republic, June 8-9, 1862

Cedar Mountain - August 9, 1862 Twin Peaks

2nd Bull Run - August 28–30, 1862 First Blood: The 1st and 2nd Battles of Manassas / Red Badge of Courage

South Mountain - September 14, 1862 Twin Peaks

Antietam/Sharpsburg - September 17, 1862 A Gleam of Bayonets: The Battle of Antietam

Corinth - October 3-4, 1862 The Battle of Corinth: Standoff at the Tennessee, October 3-4, 1862

Stones river - December 31, 1862 to January 3, 1863 Dead of Winter (first edition) / Dead of Winter (second edition)

Kelly's Ford - March 17, 1863 Rebel Sabers: Civil War Cavalry Battles
Brandy Station - June 9, 1863 Rebel Sabers: Civil War Cavalry Battles
Trevillians Station - June 11-12, 1863 Rebel Sabers: Civil War Cavalry Battles
Dutch Roads (side Battle during Gettysburg) - July 3, 1863 Rebel Sabers: Civil War Cavalry Battles

Gettysburg - July 1–3, 1863 Terrible Swift Sword/ The Three Days Of Gettysburg (first edition) / The Three Days of Gettysburg (second edition) / The Three Days of Gettysburg (third edition)

Chickamauga - September 19-20, 1863 River of Death: Battle of Chickamauga, September 19-20, 1863

Pleasant Hill - April 9, 1864 Pleasant Hill: The Red River Campaign

Brice's Crossroads - June 10, 1864 Horse Soldiers: Forrest at Bay
Tupelo - July 14, 1864 Horse Soldiers: Forrest at Bay

Monocacy Junction - July 9, 1864 Drive on Washington: The Battle of Monocacy Junction, July 9, 1864

Cedar Creek - October 19, 1864 The Guns of Cedar Creek

3. Tutorial

Russ Gifford (Russ G.) has produced an excellent 10 part Powerpoint tutorial for this game series. It can be downloaded from the Files section of TSS. Direct links to the files:

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