Jim-NC wrote:The number of troops that participate is based on "frontage". You get the most troops engaged in clear terrain in clear weather, with a great general (Lee or Grant).
As to which is better, if the odds are too heavily stacked against you, you retreat. So if you have 4 divisions in a corps, and your enemy has 2, you can usually push him aside with your larger force without combat (not always however).
I think my friend was looking for more detailed analysis. I understand frontage but from experience what is the general position on Corps size. Obviously bigger corps in the east where there is more open terrain but what about the west? Also, is it better to have two large corps or four smaller corps in general? Obviously its situational but we're looking for the generalized opinions of the forum.
I have heard, in such a way as to believe it, of your recently saying that both the army and the government needed a dictator. Of course it was not for this, but in spite of it, that I have given you the command. Only those generals who gain success can be dictators. What I now ask of you is military success, and I will risk the dictatorship.
-Abraham Lincoln, 1863, in a letter to Major General Joseph Hooker.