Gray Fox wrote:I play on Colonel, so you might try that. Also, you may consider playing a human opponent. Pbem is quite simple and gives you a better challenge. This makes the game really come alive. Finally, while you have the CSA side loaded, you can move the Confederate capital away from Richmond. Good luck!
I'm playing my first game on Colonel, and Athena is worse than ever at this. Its the spring of '62, and I [the Union] have a 1,500 army in the south of the Shenandoah valley and a 850 division in Fredricksburg. They are facing zero opposition. There is nothing larger than a brigade anywhere near them.
as to charging through West Virginia, try turning Athena's vision down. When they see that you aren't garrisoning Ohio and Western PA, they'll go all out trying to take those unguarded areas, meaning they'll force march through the mountains in the winter. Turn down the AIs ability to see behind your lines, and that should help a bit.