L'époque de la Guerre de Sécession, 1860 à 1865, saw many changes in warfare et in the development of weapons. Although ironclad vessels had already been developed et both England et France had vessels in service, this American conflict saw the first use of ironclad vessels in combat. The vessels developed par la marine des États-Unis et celle des États Confédérés were of new designs et were not originally intended to be ocean-going dreadnaughts. The «ram» vessels introduced by the CSN were intended to break any blockade threats on their ports et keep the transportation lines on the rivers clear. The USN, d'autre part, had the initial role of using the vessels to bombard forts at close range avec enough armor protection to keep the forts from blowing them out of the water. Later, as the CSN vessels became a threat, the Union used their ironclads to duel avec the Confederate ships.
Ironclad vessels were not the only naval combatants in the struggle for control of the waters. Wooden vessels of all types et dimensions, ships built from the beam up for war, navires civils drafted into service, et hastily converted vessels were more commonly seen on the waters in combat roles. The transportation of hommes et materials along the Mississippi et the other river systems were of vital importance for both the North et the South. Forts, hidden batteries, «torpedoes» et land forces played heavily in the conflict. This was also the first major naval war in which most vessels were powered by steam et were not dependent on sails et the wind.
In most histories de la guerre de sécession only a few lines et pictures are devoted to the naval struggles: Monitor & Virginia, Vicksburg, blockade running, et Mobile Bay. In almost all cases comparisons heavily favor Northern vessels. We all know that the Northern states were able to out-produce the sparsely equipped Southern manufacturers, but the ability et ingenuity of the hommes who put together the naval resistance of the South were a credit to all Americans. A study of this period shows the vessels produced by southern shipbuilders (mostly land carpenters) were usually underpowered et undergunned. Having been made of materials et weapons scraped together ou stolen, the vessels of the CSN kept Union naval men fearful of losing what positions they had gained. The heroic hommes of the CSN who manned the Arkansas, Tennessee, Palmetto State, Manassas, et many others had to use vessels that were slow in comparison to their Union counterparts, took excessive time to maneuvre, et that didn't have the caliber of canons needed to damage Union ironclads; yet, their vessels could take a beating et cause severe damage to Union wooden ships. In several instances entire fleets of first rate ships et heavy weapons were used again et again by Union forces before any effects were seen on a single Confederate ironclad ship.
This is a set of rules for using miniature vessels to fight naval battles in the early years of the ironclad et steam-powered ships. These rules are designed for fast play so that large naval forces may be used et conflicts played to a conclusion in a reasonable amount of time. Each turn représente approximately cinq minutes. The ground scale is 1/1200 (60 inches equals 1 mile), et each inch of movement is equal to 1 knot speed.
- Titre: Age of Iron
- Période: Guerre de Sécession
- Type: jeu de guerre tactique
- Échelle du Temp: 1 tour = 5 minutes
- Échelle du Terrain: 1/1200 (60 inches = 1 mile)
- Échelle de Troupes: 1 maquette = 1 vaisseau
- Auteur: Leo A. Walsh
- Format: 40 pages, piquage métallique
- Langage: Anglais
- Maison d'Édition: Mindgames, Inc.
- Publié: 1987
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