A study of the various elements used to create Map C of the Birth of Lee. This map is the upper reaches of the battlefield. Directly below is Fair Oaks Station and Seven Pines. The Union pickets did stretch this far north. The Official Records and other accounts locate several companies in Garnett’s fields. Also, The left wing of the Confederates swept down from this map on the Nine Miles Road.
I went with a hybrid ridge and elevation style map. The ridges are going to be movement obstacles, while the elevations are primarily for handling Line of Sight issues. The topographic map has elevations in 20’ intervals, but most of the Great Battles of the American Civil War games use 35’ - 50’ as their elevation intervals, so I used 40’.
The maps I’ve done so far look like:
Each map is 28 1/2” x 24” (or so). I envision a total of six maps for the game. The next one on the list is “E” which is the Chickahominy River where Sumner crossed to save the southern wing of the Army of the Potomac.