Great Campaigns of the American
Civil War: 1863
17 players entered the Great Campaigns of 1863/4 tournament
for the second straight year. Scenarios from GTC started and
ended Friday's qualifying rounds, with Sheridan Rides South up
first in the morning and Battle of the Wilderness as the nightcap.
In between, rounds of The Battle Continues (a Roads to Gettysburg
scenario from Skimisher 1), Fort Stevens (a Rebels in the White
House scenario from Skimisher 2), and Piedmont (also Skirmisher
2) were contested. Balance was excellent; bids were low throughout
the tournament and there were 12 Confederate wins and 11 Union.
Old GCACW veterans Forrest Speck and Ken Lee joined us; Forrest
reactivated his AREA rating with a very creative win at Sheridan
Rides South over Dennis Mason. Mike Pacheco also returned for
two rounds and posted wins in both; taking 5th place in the tournament.
This year's GCACW Rookie of the Year, Dennis Nicholson, posted
a win over Ed Beach in Sheridan, knocking out three forts near
Richmond on the last turn. Ed and Dennis squared off again in
the nightcap with the Wilderness scenario. Ed's creative use
of wooded roads allowed him to disrupt Dennis's Union defensive
lines and take the rematch.
The semi-finals matched Paul Nied and Chris Withers in Strike
Them A Blow. Mark Booth and David Cross were in the other semi.
Chris had to knock Hancock out of his strong position south of
the Po River to turn the tide in his game. David and Mark played
well into the final turn before Mark finally prevailed.
The GC2 final was GTC's Bloody Spotsylvania with Mark Booth
playing the Union and Chris Withers taking the Confederates.
Grant started with the slows and only rolled a 1 in the opening
Union Activate Army Leader action. Then the Union tried to slip
in-between a gap in the Rebel lines but was routed back. Another
Rebel attack later in the turn on Sheridan set the Union back
even more with the destruction of an entire cavalry brigade.
The die continued to roll against the Union with two days of
rain slowing the Union advance. When the skies cleared, the Union
tried to capture Spotsylvania Court House but was thrown back
by Confederate counterattacks. Grant conceded the day. We've
planned an ambitious new single-tournament format for next year
which will combine GC2 and GC3 into one event; Chris will probably
be our first and last champ to ever sweep the GCACW events at