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Cruel Morning: Shiloh 1862

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Experience the Action and Drama of the Civil War's Pivotal Battle of Shiloh

Game Design: Sean Chick
Art: Jose Ramon Faura

Players: 2

Duration: 3 to 5 hours

Complexity: Medium

Solitaire Suitability: High

Brigade level tactical system combines old school hex and counter maneuvers with rules for command and control, leader personalities, and a Combat Results Table that favors quality and firepower over raw mass.

“I would fight them if they were a million.” - Albert Sidney Johnston on the eve of Shiloh

“Take your damned regiment back to Ohio. There are no Confederates closer than Corinth.” - William Tecumseh Sherman to Jesse Appler of the 53rd Ohio, April 5

On April 5, 1862 the Confederacy appeared to be finished. Forts Henry and Donelson had fallen and a Confederate division had been routed at Mill Springs. The Rebels had lost Columbus, Clarksville, and Nashville. New Orleans and Memphis were under direct threat. Out west the invasion of New Mexico had failed and the Union had triumphed at Pea Ridge. Forts and ports along the seaboard were being captured or raided. In Virginia, George McClellan had at last started his great drive to capture Richmond. On the banks of the Tennessee River a complacent Union army rested and waited for reinforcements before beginning what some thought would be the final drive to end the rebellion.

On the morning of April 6 the Confederates attacked that complacent army near Shiloh Church. For two days the biggest battle yet waged by Americans was fought, a battle as large and savage as anything fought by Napoleon. In the end the Union triumphed, but at heavy cost. Ulysses S. Grant was for a time sidelined and Union generals became cautious for months after. Most of all, Shiloh changed the Civil War. Combined with Robert E. Lee’s successful defense of Richmond, Shiloh killed the vain dream of a quick war with conservative ends. The American Civil War became a long contest of wills, ending in the destruction of slavery and economic ruin for the American South. Shiloh, the country’s first truly bloody battle, continues to fascinate and enthrall historians and gamers.

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Mark W February 18, 2023 1:14 pm UTC
I apologize for the slow response. Very busy week. High solitaire suitability means to us that you can play the game solitaire, playing each side to the best of your ability. If that isn't what you are looking for, please let us know.
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March 16, 2023 3:21 pm UTC
Ah ok. I was hoping for an AI driven "side." It is not what I was looking for. I did buy your game, in the hopes there was a rules option explaining how to solo.
I will give it a try. By the way, excellent details and graphics. Well worth the purchase and I hope to solo it soon. Thank you for answering my question.
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February 11, 2023 6:59 am UTC
Says "Solitaire Suitability: High." There are no rules on how to do so (unless I missed it in reading the rules).
Can you lead me to the rules that show how to solo this game? Thank you in advance.
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