Grey Fox, I'm the one who started the 'Crossed Rifles' thread, this is really a bit of a continuation.
This is what I'm GUESSING is going on after taking all of the evidence so far, but let's remember a few points:
First, there were only 2 battles, and I won both of them. therefore, I cannot be losing VP's for lost battles.
Second, although winning battles and capturing forts may give or lose VP's, they should not be changing the VP's/turn score which is the main source of my inquiry
Third, for each of the first two turns, I lost 6 VP's and I also lost one fort
My VP's went from 24/turn to 28/turn although I captured no strategic objective, or any city/region which flashes on the 3 key. My guess is that I garrisoned some town which I controlled but didn't have military control, or maybe more than one
The Confederates went from 33 VP's turn to 41 VP's/turn. Tucson appeared as a victory city (after the event that the CSA recognizes Arizona.) My guess here is that Tucson is worth some good amount (5?) and that they got another 3/turn from garrisoning some city, or some combination that adds to 8 about the value of Tucson and garrisons.
The Wiki is wrong and forts are worth 6 VP's, at least for the Western Scenario.
When I get a chance I can look across the 17 victory cities in the scenario and see which ones I don't have military control at start to try to confirm.
I'm not sure if there is anything else going on. like the value of cities changing, or if taking territory that isn't' lit up on hi
tting 3 matters?