During the Summer of 1863, in the aftermath of the Gettysburg and Vicksburg Campaigns, battles on land and sea were fought over control of the birthplace of the Confederacy, Charleston, South Carolina. A Union victory here would send an unmistakable signal to the States in rebellion as well as the rest of the world that the Confederacy’s cause was lost and further fighting a waste of lives and effort.
A Confederate victory in the face of the tremendous Union host, that included every Union Ironclad on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, as well as some of the most seasoned Regiments that numbered among them the first Formations of all Black Soldiers (free US Citizens as well as former slaves), would signify the war would go on and that 2 Nations, not one, could be the result of this “second” American Revolution.
Players in A Gate of Hell - The Campaign for Charleston, July-September 1863 are cast in the roles of the historical commanders of the Campaign; Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard for the Confederate defenders of Charleston, or Admiral Dahlgren and General Quincy Adams Gillmore of the Union. Can you do as well or better than they?
Rules cover Assault and Bombardment Combats, multiple activations, the effects of Battles elsewhere that can influence the actions at Charleston, the Union’s “Swamp Angel”, as well as the early completions of the Confederate ironclad Charleston and submarine Hunley.
3 Scenarios are in included:
- One is on the April 1863 Naval offensive by all of the Union Ironclads that sought to defeat the rebels' fortresses and is an excellent single-turn introduction to the game’s naval combat Rules.
- A second is another single-turn Scenario on the initial Union assault on Morris Island and Battery Wagner. These single-turn Scenarios take under an hour to game and are well-suited for Tournament play.
- The third covers the entire Campaign and that takes about 6 hours to complete.
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