Think you want to wear the gray?
Before joining the Confederate Cause there are a few unpleasant, but not insurmountable, obstacles one must take into account.
1. The Confederate infantry is almost always outnumbered, sometimes greatly, by the Union infantry. While this does pose many problems our superior quality often makes up for our lack of numbers.
2. While the Yankee cavalry is better equipped than our own Horsemen we do enjoy a qualitative advantage once again over our Yankee foes.
3. Union Artillery is no laughing matter. The heavier, better supplied, Union guns are their biggest advantage in many scenarios.
4. The Confederate generalship is often superior to that of the Federals and our men are, as a result, more likely to hold their ground and perform more admirably on the field of battle.
5. While Richmond does all they can to supply the armies of the Confederacy, in most scenarios you will need to limit your ammunition consumption or risk running out before the battle in through.
Generally speaking the Confederate side of the ACWGC is for those who enjoy taking risks and trying to find ways to do more with less. The key to any success as a Confederate is summed up nicely by perhaps the finest Confederate general of the war.
"Always mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy, if possible; and when you strike and overcome him, never let up in the pursuit so long as your men have strength to follow; for an army routed, if hotly pursued, becomes panic-stricken, and can then be destroyed by half their number. The other rule is, never fight against heavy odds, if by any possible maneuvering you can hurl your own force on only a part, and that the weakest part, of your enemy and crush it. Such tactics will win every time, and a small army may thus destroy a large one in detail, and repeated victory will make it invincible."
The place where all new Confederate officers start is the Vicksburg Military Institute. Ran by the illustrious General Nick Kunz the Institute boasts the finest military library in the Club and more background information and guides than you could imagine. Once graduated from the Institute you will be assigned to one of the two major Confederate field armies and given command of a brigade. Your rank will be that of a Field Lieutenant but you can quickly move up the ranks by just playing a few games.
As a side note it is often said that Confederate officers are more handsome, dashing, and charming than our Yankee friends. In this we whole-heartedly concur.
Feel free to visit the offices of the main Confederate organizations in the Club. We hope to have you with us in the field soon!