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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2012 8:49 p.m. PST

(Sorry, but I tried and cannot transport this thread to The Old West from ACW but it don't work.
Didn't know why it failed, but lately it happens too ofen with many threads)

This is a interesting possible wargame involving Navy, soldiers and Cowboys (cows also of course!) (smile).

"In 19th century American history, the long range cattle drive is one of the great icons of the era. One such drive of 1,500 head of cattle started in Texas in early August 1862. The Confederate Army purchased the herd and directed the drovers to take to Camp Moore, the headquarters for local Confederate ground troops in Louisiana. The drovers succeeded in overcoming the biggest geographic obstacle when they moved the herd across the Mississippi River at Plaquemine, Louisiana. Here the drovers could finally rest while they waited at the local depot for the New River Railroad to take the herd the rest of the way.
It was then quite unfortunate for the drovers that a U.S. Navy squadron consisting of USS Kineo, Sciota, Katahdin, and Itasca (all "90-day" gunboat-type warships) happened to spot the herd during a patrol. The squadron's commander, Lieutenant-Commander George Ransom, found Confederate Army purchase orders among the drovers' papers and declared the herd contraband property…"
Full article here.


Hope you enjoy!.


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