A House Divided: War Between the States 1861-65 board game

A House Divided simulates the epic struggle of the American Civil War that was fought over the twin issues of slavery and state's rights. The period from 1840 to 1861 saw these issues brought to a boil, and in 1861 the nation became tangled in a terrible war that lasted four long years.

The game depicts the war between North and South from the First Battle of Bull Run (or Manassas Junction) to Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse – or Grant's surrender at Harrisburg... Each player leads one of these two nations and makes the strategic decisions which determine the outcome of the war.

The game board represents the United States, north and south and from the Atlantic coast to just west of the Mississippi. [...] The play map contains a number of boxes, each representing a city, town or locations important to the war. These boxes are connected by transportation lines – blue for rivers, tan for roads and black for railroads – which provide the paths to victory or defeat.

Can you keep the Union whole or force the separation of the United States?

- from Mayfair Games website

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  • As this is one of Martin Wallace's favorite games, I simply must get this to the table... something I've not done in spite of wanting to for a while now.
  • Back when I owned the 2nd edition, I played it frequently, and wore that copy out. The Phalanx edition was a big upgrade, but sadly I had fewer chances to play. With some reluctance I finally sold my copy. A game I still esteem, but not a game that would see much action.

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