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The Nashville Escape
An Iron & Fire Scenario By Simon Foster

What follows is a scenario for the Iron & Fire rules based on the American Civil War. Unlike most naval battles of that war, this battle takes place in Southampton Water.

The Nashville was a side wheel merchant steamer, which was given the role of taking Confederate Commissioners to Europe. Though this was eventually done by another ship; the Nashville braved the Federal blockade and made her way to Southampton via Bermuda. On the way, her Captain, Robert Pegram, captured a Federal clipper and set fire to her. It was a stormy passage, and once in Southampton, the Nashville was taken into dry dock. There was some concern in Britain over the Confederate ship, but attitudes changed once a Federal ship, the San Jacinto fired at the British mail steamer, the Trent. British attitudes then changed in favour of the Confederates.

The Nashville stayed in dry dock for a month, and in the meantime a Federal warship, the Tuscarora waited in Southampton water. They played a game of cat and mouse for a month before, the Nashville managed the evade the Tuscarora.

This scenario recreates the moment when the Nashville leaves Southampton and makes her way out to sea. The Tuscarora must stop her.

The Tuscarora may start anywhere south of Southampton Water, the Nashville starts at Southampton.

The Nashville wins if she escapes.

It is a draw if the Nashville is forced to return to Southampton.

The Tuscarora wins is she sinks the Nashville, or badly damages her.

Alternative scenarios include adding more Federal and Confederate ships and the possible intervention of the Royal Navy.

Notes: These ship characteristics are not accurate, but make for a more playable game. I had great difficulty on finding some of the statistics for these two particular ships, but really liked the idea of playing out the scenario.

Name

General Particulars

Armour Values

Armament

CSS Nashville

Speed: 12 Knots

Size Class: Medium

Turn Class: Small

PV: 60

Unarmoured

0: all faces

4 x 32pounders (two each side)

USS Tuscarora

Speed: 8 Knots

Size Class: Medium

Turn Class: Medium

PV: 80

2: hull, front, sides, rear

0: deck

1 x 7" Rifle

6 x 9" smoothbores (three each side)

Web Links

CSS Nashville (1861-1862)
Online Library of Selected Images: -- Ships of the Confederate States

Confederate Forces Afloat
The Government of the Confederate States of America got underway in the spring of 1861, totally unprepared from a naval standpoint to uphold the independence it had declared.

The Confederate Navy 1861-1865
The strategic purpose of the Confederate military during the Civil War was basically twofold: to protect the Southern states from outside invasion, and, failing in the first, to make the war so costly for the North that it would eventually be forced to give up from exhaustion.

The Genesis Of The Confederate Navy
As the different States seceded from the Union, each sovereignty made efforts to provide for a navy, and conferred rank upon its officers.

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