I've been thinking - a dangerous pass time I know.
And after a forum discussion of Southern army placements, I started to reexamine and question the value of the Shenandoah Valley.
I understand its worth when an invasion of the North is feasible, but after this is no longer in the realm of possibility, is there any real reason to hold the valley?
In the past, I've had small luck in recreating Jackson's valley campaign. And marching to the sound of the guns across the Virginia Piedmont ridges has not worked out very well for me. In addition, the main army protecting Richmond has needed every man, horse and gun the CSA could scrape up, leaving little left over for secondary forces in the Shenandoah Valley.
Yes, historically, the valley was referred to as the bread basket of the Confederacy, and I am a sucker for playing historically. I now realize that I have never played a game without throwing substantial resources into the Shenandoah.
Have I been wrong in doing so? Is the valley worth holding?
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth.