Build Your Own: July 1863 Army of the Potomac

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The only rule is that the general has to be alive during this time. (Example Israel Richardson and Jesse Reno are not applicable for your so-called roster). Explanations are welcome, but keep it fun!

Just for fun...build your Army of the Potomac by naming your:

Army Commander

I Corps Commander
II Corps Commander
III Corps Commander
V Corps Commander
VI Corps Commander
XI Corps Commander
XII Corps Commander
Cavalry Corps Commander
 

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Hussar Yeomanry

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1st off I would decrease the number of Corps. I would drop 7 down to 6 with the aim of further reductions in Corps numbers.

1st - Reynolds
2nd - Hancock
3rd - John Gibbon (too junior, not a member of that Corps and not gonna happen but he's who I would choose)
5th - Charles Griffin perhaps.
6th - Sedgwick
12th - Williams
Artillery Reserve - Not sure who the nominal commander would be but actually Henry Hunt as per what actually happened.
Cavalry - J N O Buford (maybe Grierson if available with Buford definitely getting a Division)

And I would reinstate a Senior/ Junior Corps Command system

Reynolds as Senior, Gibbon as Junior.
Sedgwick as Senior, Williams as Junior
Hancock as Senior, Griffin as Junior

Of course this plays hell with the seniority rules but theoretically at least Meade has the power to do it (He wouldnt given the hell that certain 'snubbed' officers would make him pay)
 
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Army: Meade

I Corps: Reynolds
II Corps: Hancock
III Corps: McPherson
V Corps: Ord
VI Corps: Sedgwick
XI Corps: Parke
XII Corps: Slocum
Cavalry: Sheridan

I wouldn’t take Grant, Sherman, nor Thomas from the western theatre unless a battle was conclusively lost on northern soil.
 

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Assuming that this is at the start of July 1 and not after the battle.

Army: Meade
I Corps: John Reynolds
II Corps: Winfield Hancock
III Corps: Joseph Hooker
V Corps: John Newton
VI Corps: John Sedgwick
XI/XII Corps: Charles Griffin
Cavalry: John Buford
Artillery: Henry Hunt
 

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1st off I would decrease the number of Corps. I would drop 7 down to 6 with the aim of further reductions in Corps numbers.

1st - Reynolds
2nd - Hancock
3rd - John Gibbon (too junior, not a member of that Corps and not gonna happen but he's who I would choose)
5th - Charles Griffin perhaps.
6th - Sedgwick
12th - Williams
Artillery Reserve - Not sure who the nominal commander would be but actually Henry Hunt as per what actually happened.
Cavalry - J N O Buford (maybe Grierson if available with Buford definitely getting a Division)

And I would reinstate a Senior/ Junior Corps Command system

Reynolds as Senior, Gibbon as Junior.
Sedgwick as Senior, Williams as Junior
Hancock as Senior, Griffin as Junior

Of course this plays hell with the seniority rules but theoretically at least Meade has the power to do it (He wouldnt given the hell that certain 'snubbed' officers would make him pay)
I would also start by consolidating. Units with just two subunits seem particularly inefficient, multiplying headquarters and creating need for additional commanders. So I would try to eliminate corps with only two divisions and divisions with only two brigades. Five corps with 16-17 divisions should achievable and manageable.

I'm not familiar with the Senior/Junior Corps system. That seems to imply that specific pairs of corps will always be operating together; how realistic is that? It's somewhat reminiscent of Burnsides' Grand Divisions, though without the added complication of Grand Division commanders and staffs. There certainly could be situations in which a senior corps commander would give direction to a junior, but just which corps/commanders those would be seems more likely to develop as they maneuver in the field.
 

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Army: Meade
I Corps: Reynolds
II Corps: Hancock
III Corps: Birney
V Corps: Griffin
VI Corps: Sedgwick
XI Corps: Hooker
XII Corps: Williams
Cavalry: Gregg
Artillery: Hunt
 
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If I am allowed to reorganzie XI and XI Corps into a single large Corps, I'd have the org as such:
-XI/XII Corps: Slocum:
--1st Division: Schurz: 4241 (German division)
---1st Brigade: Steinwehr (von Gilsa's brigade): 1136
---2nd Brigade: Schimmelfenning: 1685
---3rd Brigade: Krzyzanowski: 1420
--2nd Division: Barlow: 4195
---1st Brigade: Ames: 1340
---2nd Brigade: Buschbeck (merged Coster and Smith): 2855
--3rd Division: Williams: 3435
---1st Brigade: McDougall: 1835
---2nd Brigade: Ruger: 1600
--4th Division: Geary: 3925
---1st Brigade: Candy (His and Kane's Brigade): 2500
---2nd Brigade: Greene: 1425

Source for numbers: http://gettysburg.stonesentinels.com/battle-of-gettysburg-facts/strength-casualties-usa/
 

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1st Corps - Reynolds
2nd Corps - Hancock
3rd Corps - David Bell Birney
5th Corps - Sykes
6th Corps - Sedgwick
11th Corps - John Gibbon Howard (keep Howard with his men)
12th Corps - Howard Gibbon
Cavalry - Buford (since Sheridan was in the West).
Artillery - Hunt
 

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