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ciaphas06 Aug 2021 9:06 a.m. PST

Hi, i am looking for a source of online OOB's with numbers.

I can find what Brigade was where and what regiments made up that brigade, what I am struggling to find is the number of men in each regiment and what guns and how many were in each battery.

I am sure this is my poor googlefu in action, thanks in advance.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian06 Aug 2021 9:40 a.m. PST

Depending on the Battle it might be easier to go to books.

Also look for the 'Nafziger Collection' at the US Center for Military History

This is a HUGE trove of detailed OOB


Bill N06 Aug 2021 11:52 a.m. PST

Regimental strengths could vary a great deal over time. It might help if you had a specific battle you were working on.

Blutarski06 Aug 2021 1:03 p.m. PST

"Antietam on the Web" may prove helpful.


Dave Gamer06 Aug 2021 1:08 p.m. PST

I've used this site for that sort of data: link

It's OOB for various battles in.xls spreadsheet files for some sort of Scenario Designer program (probably for a computer ACW game). Human readable.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2021 2:30 p.m. PST

As noted if you know which battle there are often specific sites/resources

Dn Jackson Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2021 5:05 p.m. PST

My go to for ACW strengths and arms is the old SPI Terrible Swift Sword series of games. You can go to Board Game Geek and see images of the counter sheets. Each strength point for infantry and cavalry is 100 men for guns it is one piece. And the letter code is what they're armed with. So R4 is 400 rifle armed men, BL3 is 300 breechloader armed men, N6 is 6 napoleons, etc.

Here's an image from a Union counter sheet from TSS.

There were numerous games in the system plus magazine games using the same system. TSS was Gettysburg, Gleam of Bayonets was Antietam, Bloody April was Shiloh, etc. I remember games for Kernstown, New Market, Bull Run, 1st and second, Red River, and I'm sure there were others.

cabin4clw06 Aug 2021 7:01 p.m. PST

Here's a site that I have used before;

Lamour07 Aug 2021 2:11 a.m. PST

I remember reading/hearing somewhere (maybe Mark Herman) that Richard Berg inserted errors into the TSS oob so he knew who was plagiarising his work rather than doing their own research!

Dn Jackson Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2021 9:39 p.m. PST

I'd never heard that, but it would be a good idea. I think that it's one of the best wargaming sources out there even after all these years.

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