As I was thinking about the various types of troops in regards to the brigade composition problem(look here if interested: viewtopic.php?f=331&t=50924
) it came to my mind that beside the brigade composition the overall differences could or should be depicted stronger.
I didn't find any info for the Union but for the Confederates I found this on wikipedia:
- The Provisional Army of the Confederate States (PACS) was authorized by Act of Congress on February 23, 1861, and began organizing on April 27. Virtually all regular, volunteer, and conscripted men preferred to enter this organization since officers could achieve a higher rank in the Provisional Army than they could in the Regular Army. If the war had ended successfully for them, the Confederates intended that the PACS would be disbanded, leaving only the ACSA.
- The Army of the Confederate States of America (ACSA) was the regular army, organized by Act of Congress on March 6, 1861. It was authorized to include 15,015 men, including 744 officers, but this level was never achieved. The men serving in the highest rank as Confederate States Generals, such as Samuel Cooper and Robert E. Lee, were enrolled in the ACSA to ensure that they outranked all militia officers. ACSA ultimately existed only on paper. The organization of the ACSA did not proceed beyond the appointment and confirmation of some officers. Three state regiments were later denominated "Confederate" regiments but this appears to have had no practical effect on the organization of a regular Confederate Army and no real effect on the regiments themselves.
- Confederate States State Militias were organized and commanded by the state governments, similar to those authorized by the United States Militia Act of 1792.
- Confederate Home Guard – a somewhat loosely organized though nevertheless legitimate organization that was under the vague direction and authority of the Confederate States of America, working in coordination with the Confederate Army, and was tasked with both the defense of the Confederate home front during the American Civil War, as well as to help track down and capture Confederate Army deserters.
Now in the game we only have the militias to build or the normal troops. I guess the former should depict the State Militias and maybe Home Guard(or maybe that is depicted by the auto garrison feature), and the later should depict PACS & ACSA units.
I would not mind to see these various branches separated strongly, so the player is able to build:
1. Home Guard(that could be depicted as fixed garrison in a region/city, it should have lower values than militias and should be unable to change there element type).
2. State Militias(confined to the state but maybe with a way to temporarily be used outside or even by the government, they are unable to change there element type).
3. PACS units(those should appear on map as conscript element only because the conscript companies depict men with basic training while the early volunteer units should be something between Militias and PACS units, they should be able to be changed to a normal line element by training).
4. ACSA(These elite elements should not be build as they should be depicted the original US Army units, if wikipedia is correct there were almost no Confederate units of this type).
Now you likely point out that these things already somehow in the game, and yes they are butt just "somehow".
1. There are no Home guard units that you could build to convert loyalty/MC or act as simple garrisons. You have to use militias or even better units for it.
2. Militias are not really confined to their home state, the negative impact of using them outside their home state is just minor(btw I think saw a thread that even notes that this negative impact does not work but that state militias get stronger instead of weaker outside their home state). They are usable just like any other unit by the player although their "job" should be within the state only.
3. PACS unit come in different combinations of qualifications, besides the trouble with the mixed brigades, the brigades often have conscript elements with line elements mixed, what in my view makes no sense at all. It would be best to form brigades of conscript elements only so that it's ready as fast as possible, but afterwards it should be up to the player what to do with these freshly formed units. Either throw them into battle because you desperately need them or let them gain experience in the hope of getting them from green conscripts to regular line elements.
Currently, especially with the much more numerous mixed brigades, the players usually build militias if they need troops fast because the very few pure conscript brigades are quickly used in the game.
4. ACSA units with their elite elements don't seem to depict the professional original US Army or what was meant to be the later Confederate States Army, but also depict the very good regiments of the volunteers what they should not do. The exceptional volunteer units should be depicted by starting with higher experience levels or maybe with a special ability.