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Hoovers Gap: An ACW battle study and scenario
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Hoovers Gap: An ACW battle study and scenario

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The famous battle at Hoovers Gap started a legend for Wilder's Brigade.  Like all legends it was subject to many stretches of the truth.  Uncovering the story has taken some time, reading battle accounts, sorting through many inconsistencies.

As with all battles there is much confusion, soldiers recall their perspective which may be clouded by many factors.  Even the various battle maps avaiable conflict with each other, they also conflict with the geological lay of the land.  I decided to use some modern technology, Google Earth, and looked at the actual land.

Suddenly it became much easier to piece together accounts.  Deployments of the troops had some meaning in relation to the land, tactically the battle now had some meaning.  Battlefield accounts of the time could now be put into place like a jigsaw puzzle.

This study of the battle at Hoovers Gap does not aim to be the most authorative on the battle.  It does throw a new perspective on the battle, demistifying the legends and providing a more accurate tactical view of the battle.

This guide includes a study of the forces involved and how to use this with the TFP Games rules "These Fields of Blood".

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November 18th, 2011
The author says he read extensively on the subject but did not provide a bibliography for readers who might want to read further. The article itself could have used an editor to proof the text and make it clearer and better organized and a grap [...]
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