The History Behind Our Games
Every LPD Games title includes a short article setting the game in its historical context, explaining the flow of each battle, and what effect the battle had on the war. We are happy to make these available for personal or classroom use.
You may print or email these articles, with credits, for any non-commercial use.
With each article we provide a useful bibliography as a guide to further investigation of this fascinating period of our national heritage.
The Gettysburg Campaign
In a series of conferences from May 14 to 17, 1863 President Jefferson Davis, Secretary of War Seddons and Davis’ most trusted army commander, General Robert E. Lee, reviewed the strategic possibilities available to the South for the remainder of 1863. In May, Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia bested its Union counterpart, the Army of the Potomac against odds of 2:1 at the battle of Chancellorsville. However, the South could not rest on its laurels.
Grant's Early Battles.
Introducing Sam Grant In June of 1861, no one would have predicted Ulysses S. Grant would end the war as Commanding General of the US Army, with the same rank Congress gave George Washington. To be sure, the new Colonel of the 21st Illinois Volunteers, “Yates’ Hellions”, was a West Point graduate who had served with distinction in the War with Mexico. But after Mexico came an unfortunate tour of duty in Gold Rush California, far from his family.
Across the Wide Missouri.
The Contest for Missouri and Arkansas. When Lincoln took office, Missouri was the second largest slaveholding state, with just over 1 million free inhabitants, and 114,000 slaves. It had 3157 manufacturing establishments of $41.8 million dollars’ value, second only to Virginia in the South. Much of this wealth centered in St. Louis, and a strip along the Missouri River known as “Little Dixie”.
Battle of Honey Springs
War comes to the Indian Territories The Civil War threatened the Five Indian Nations with catastrophe. The tribes had recovered from the 1838 Trail of Tears. The Indian economy of cattle, cotton and slaves compared favorably to White Mississippi planters. However, hard currency was rare. The Civilized Nations depended on Federal treaty aid to buy tools and modern amenities. Furthermore, “wild” Comanches to the west threatened the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chicasaw, Creek and Seminole farmers, who relied on the U.S. Army for safety. Now the Five Nations was on its own in a hostile environment, and their leaders were unsure what to do.
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