JUBAL EARLY'S 1864 CAMPAIGN
The campaign begins with Beckenridge’s Division located at the southern end of the Shenandoah Valley and Early’s Division is located at Charlotteville, Virginia and is awaiting your orders.
Remember that old adage – ‘Get there Firstest with the Mostest’. However if you send all your forces down the same road then you won’t get any where at all!
Jubal Early and his commanders must determine their order of march and their first moves through the Valley. As a rule of thumb, each division needs to take a separate route, each brigade will take up about 1-2 miles of road space and move at about 2-3 miles per hour.
Supply is a key point in the success of this campaign for the Confederates.
Each brigade will consume 1 unit of supplies at the start of each day that that unit moves or fights, units out of supply move at a reduced rate and fight at a reduced effectiveness, each Division starts the campaign with 3 Supply points per Brigade.
The towns in the southern Shenandoah Valley can generally supply your units, one or two points of supplies for each day resting therein. Supplies are less readily available the further north you advance, some towns and cities are used by the Union army as supply depots – these are really useful! But be careful the Valley cannot keep everyone in supply all of the time!
Prolonged ‘Out of Supply’ results in desertion and loss of unit strength. Out of supply units cannot replenish depleted ammunition.
Each Divisional commander must supply orders on how he plans to move his division, this will consist of a route of march between locations on the map, any rest days and the relationship between their division and other divisions traveling down the same road.
Black Lines on the map represent regular roads, a division can move down a regular road at the rate of one box per day, if force marching then this can be extended to two boxes.
For Example: troops in Staunton can move to either Jenning’s Gap, Harrisburg or Waynesboro in a single day.
Red Lines on the map represent superior roads, a division can move down a superior road at the rate of two boxes per day, if force marching then this can be extended to three boxes.
For Example: troops in Woodstock could move as far as either Harrisburg or Kernstown in a single day. Note moving from Woodstock to Laurey’s Gap would count as a forced march as there is half a move on superior road and a full move on regular roads.
Dotted Blue Lines on the map represent railroads, a division cam move any distance across the map, though numerous boxes as long as it does not enter a box that contains enemy troops, this all counts as one days move. To do this the troops must start and end the move on a box with a railroad connection. If the railroad has been destroyed then the troops disembark at the box prior to the break.
For Example: troops in Charlotteville can move as far as Staunton in a single day.
Note rail and road movement cannot be combined in the same day.
Cavalry Divisions move with an additional box movement allowance on each road type.
When movement brings a Confederate force into the same location as a Union force then a battle is likely to occur.