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  • Overland Title Info
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Campaign Chancellorsville cover

-Lee vs. Grant-

The Overland Campaign was like no other Civil War campaign, and shares more similarities with the First World War than with earlier battles such as First Bull Run and Shiloh, and was made more horrific by the meeting of passion and technology in the first of our "modern" wars. Gone was the old practice of marching out of camp to fight a battle and then, win or lose, marching back to camp to refit before fighting another.

This campaign was a relentless struggle, a dance of death through tidewater Virginia, with the Union Army under U. S. Grant continually trying to outflank Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Every flanking maneuver found Lee's ragged veterans blocking the way. Grant was every bit as aggressive as Lee, and he had the manpower of the North to back him up. They started calling him "Butcher" Grant, and someone told him that his and Lee's armies would be like the Kilkenny cats that devoured each other. Grant grimly said, "Our cat has the longer tail." It was part of a two-pronged plan. Years later, Sherman summed it up by saying, "Grant was to go for Lee and I was to go for Joe Johnston".

 

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Scenarios:

  • 105 scenarios starting in the fall of '63 with the Mine Run Campaign, and on through May and June of '64, the main focus of the game being the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor.
  • Scenarios range from small cavalry actions to a monster 1390 turn scenario covering the entire campaign on a single map spanning over 1 million hexes. (980 x 1088)
  • 5 campaigns are included which cover the topic from various aspects. From a cavalry only campaign to a deep multi-branch campaign covering all the major actions and some side ones, such as Gordonsville, Louisa Court House & Drewry's Bluff.
  • and more...
 

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Features:

  • A Scenario Editor that allows the players to build their own scenarios.
  • A Campaign Editor that allows the players to build their own campaigns.
  • A master map with over 1 million hexes covering the battleground from the Rapidan River to the James River.
  • Additional maps for New Market, Bermuda Hundred, Piedmont & Cloyd's Mountain.
  • Play modes include A/I, Hot Seat, PBEM, LAN & Internet play.
 

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Changes:

  • Restored snapshot feature for entire map.
  • Added Mixed Organization Penalty Optional Rule for -1 morale modifier when units from different brigades are in the same hex.
  • Added ability to construct Trenches in certain scenarios based on Parameter Data Trench Construction value.
 

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Overland campaign map
Wilderness: May 5, 1864
Wilderness: May 6, 1864
 
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Spotsylvania: May 10, 1864
Spotsylvania: May 12, 1864
Cold Harbor: June 3, 1864
 
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Campaign Features:

  • Loss carryover between battles.
  • Fatigue Carryover between battles.
  • Leader Promotion/Replacement.
  • Straggler Return between battles.
  • Limited reconstitution of destroyed regiments.
Overland Jump map

Campaign Overland map - click image for 5.89 mb gif

Medium Size version: 21.2 mb gif

2d Zoom out full size: 317 mb zip

 

Notes Overland Scenario

Notes Overland Scenario.txt (click image for file)


Planning maps: Click for full size images

1st Epoch map Anna 3 sub map Bermuda Hundred map
1st Epoch: 881 kb gif Anna 3 sub: 2.97 mb gif Bermuda Hundred: 1.39 mb gif



Cloyd's Mountain map Cold Harbor 3 sub map Massaponax map
Cloyd's Mountain: 5.39 mb gif Cold Harbor 3 sub: 2.71 mb gif Massaponax: 2.31 mb gif



Meadow Bridge map Mywild 5 map New Market map
Meadow Bridge: 685 kb gif mywild5: 3.19 mb gif New Market: 1.65 mb gif



Orange 6 sub map Piedmont map Spot 8 sub map
Orange 6 sub: 2.83 mb gif Piedmont: 1.94 mb gif Spot 8 sub: 878 kb gif



Topotomoy map Walthall map Wild 3 sub map
Topotomoy: 7.55 mb gif Walthall: 1.01 mb gif Wild 3 sub: 3.31 mb gif



  Yellow Tavern map  
  Yellow Tavern: 1.68 mb gif  


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Credits:

  • Developer: John Tiller
  • Artist: Joeseph Amoral
  • Graphics Coordinator: Mark Adams
  • Background Music: Thomas Hook
  • Vocals: Jennifer Davis
  • Scenario Design: John Ferry & Ken Jones
  • Scenario Maps: Doug Strickler & John Ferry
  • Campaign Maps: Mike Avanzini
  • Playtest Coordinator: Rich Hamilton
  • Playtesters: Ken Miller, Don Vandergriff, Rusty Hodgkiss, Mark Nelms, Ernie Sands, Pat Thompson, Chet Guiles, & Bob Weir
  • A/I Scripting: Ken Miller & Rusty Hodgkiss provided A/I scripting for many of the scenarios.

System Requirements:

Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8
Processor: 1 GHz
Disk Space: 1 GB
Memory: 1 GB
Video Memory: 1 GB

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Game Documents & Misc
Getting Started
Designer's Notes

Historical Background

Major General E.M. Law (CSA) Grant on the Wilderness Campaign

From the Wilderness to Cold Harbor: Major General E. M. Law (CSA)

 

The Wilderness Campaign: Extract from Lt General Ulysses S. Grant's report dated 22 July 1865


Through the Wilderness  
Through the Wilderness: Brevet Major General Alexander S. Webb (USA)  

From the US Army Center of Military History
The Overland Campaign: 4 May - 15 June 1864  
The Overland Campaign: 4 May - 15 June 1864  

 

 

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