1864 has dawned, and it is time for the Confederacy to be finally conquered! Hardtack's division is with Grant's Army of the Potomac, and taking part in the Overland Campaign. This game sees our man somewhere close to Spotsylvania, where he has been ordered to take up position on some tributary to the Po river, and deny the rebels a chance to cross.
|Very wooded ground, of course - and with streams breaking up the Federal side|
|"First order of business: dig in everywhere!"|
|The crossing is watched by a group of veteran regiments: the 122NY, the 27PA, and the 1/11MA.|
|The Rebs come charging ahead, before all units have even managed to dig in.|
|Firing begins across the rebel ranks|
|"Back into the river with them, boys!"|
|"Washington this way!"|
|The Confederates just can't break through the wood|
|A panorama of the entire field|
|The field at the close of day.|
His division has to say goodbye to the disbanded 122NY, but at least the 70NY have seen the elephant and proved themselves capable troops. One thing that all his victory produces is evidence that everybody loves a winner - he gains a 'Friend in the Statehouse' when his state's Senator decides that associating with Hardtack might not be such a bad thing, and begins pulling strings for him. A fresh infantry and cavalry regiment are added to the division, to boost it up, plus Hardtack finally gets some further artillery reinforcements in the shape of two new Light Rifle sections. Ah, friends in high places!