Being a subscriber to Strategy & Tactics magazine in those days, Cedar Mountain arrived in S&T86 in 1981. GBACW series has undergone numerous changes throughout its history and through several publishers. Early adopters to the system would unlikely recognize most of the system today.
The battle of Cedar Mountain, has been an ACW battle that has interested me since the arrival of that S&T magazine 33 years ago. Thirty-three years ago? Wow, hardly seems possible that thirty-three years have passed under the bridge since that day in 1981 when Cedar Mountain first arrived.
Cedar Mountain has likely been replayed on my gaming table more than any other battle for any period. I still pull the S&T from the shelf and give the game a whirl on a regular basis. The battle has been refought in 15mm multiple times and in 10mm multiple times. My last 10mm miniatures participation game is documented on the blog (see BatRep). The fields of Cedar Mountain are often a starting point for new rules trials too and are well trampled.
In a map comparison, the old Simonsen map still looks pretty good. Pleasing to the eyes and both high ground and woods are easily discerned. By the width of Cedar Run on the S&T map, I figured the waterway was a significant obstacle. When I visited the battlefield in 2012 (see Cedar Mountain Walk), I was surprised how little water was flowing through. Of course, much could have changed in 150 years but, still, I was surprised.
|Cedar Mountain game map S&T86|
|Cedar Mountain game map GMT|
|Twin Peaks' Countersheet|
The components of the new version of Cedar Mountain are quite inviting but there is comfort in looking into the face of a weathered, old friend.