Monday, December 23, 2013


I got Josh a copy of Ironclads for his birthday, and we set up Scenario 2, in which CSS Atlanta comes down a river to a sound where two Union monitors wait. The Confederate objective is to damage at least one monitor and get out to sea; the Union ships need to capture or sink the Atlanta.
Atlanta made it to the sound and met Weehawken, which looped around. Atlanta charged past with spar torpedo lowered; the Union monitor, having narrowly escaped the ram, crossed Atlanta's stern at point blank range and hammered her with heavy guns. Atlanta took a waterline hit and flooding meant she rode lower in the water; but her return fire damaged Weehawken's rudder, forcing her to circle port. The Confederate left Weehawken behind and steamed on to meet the USS Nahant, but her damage slowed her just enough that the second monitor was able to avoid her ram. Once again, Atlanta took the brunt of Union heavy guns at point blank range; but once again, she gave better than she got. Nahant's turret jammed and she couldn't bring her guns to bear; and she was forced to maneuver out of Atlanta's way or risk being rammed with a spar torpedo. With the two Union monitors out of position to block her, the Confederate raider steamed out to sea.
From a tactical point of view, this was a tie. Atlanta had been seriously damaged but not disabled, and the two Union ships would have been in good shape once they repaired the effects of their critical hits. From a strategic point of view, though, Atlanta won...although the Union ships had a slight edge on speed by that point, and might have been able to pursue...

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