Army of the Potomac Field Manual
Welcome to the Army of the Potomac! The Field
Manual is intended to help you understand how the Army works within the
Club, and to give you an overview of what goes on here at the AotP.
If you find items that arenít referenced here, but
you think they should be, please send a note to the Army Commander, currently
General Frank DiNola
Welcome Aboard Package
Each new recruit to the
Army of the Potomac is sent a Welcome Aboard letter from Headquarters.
It is intended to help familiarize them with our Army and broader Club,
and ease their transition from the Union Academy.
An example of the letter:
Lt. Billy Yank,
Let me be the first to welcome you to the Army of the Potomac http://unioneaglesonline.com/AotP/
You have been assigned to the 7th Brigade in the 1st Division, I Corps. Your Division Commander will
be contacting you directly, he will provide you with any assistance you may require in becoming acquainted
with the AotP procedures and is available to assist you in any further training you would
need either personally or by referring you to the Academy Instructors. Once he feels you are ready you
will be transferred to a regular brigade. Should you at any time have a question or a problem and your Division
Commander is not available you can contact me directly.
Your records at the DoR Site have been updated and you will be added to the AoP website at my
first oportunity. If you have a name or motto you wish to use for your brigade let me know and I can add that also.
Getting Around the Club web pages
Web pages are the primary structure for the Club,
and contain plenty of good information. Becoming familiar with where
information is available, or how to look for information on the various
web sites is a key to enjoying the Club and exploring its depths. The
following are some highlights that are essential for you to know.
American Civil War Game Club, or ACWGC -
This is the main Club
page, and has links to the Mason-Dixon Tavern, the Club Rules, Links
Express page, and both Army HQís.
Links Express -
This is a website that you can access from the main ACWGC page.
It is a repository of the various websites for the Club, including the individual Corps and Army sites,
as well as their Forums, or Taverns.
Union Army HQ -
This website deals with the Union Army command structure, regulations, and awards.
War College Library
The War College Library is an institution that houses articles on strategy and tactics as well
as collects intelligence on Rebel Officers.
This is a great resource, and one you should become intimately familiar with.
Department of Records -
The ACWGC Department of Records, or Game Registrations page, is a web
database that tracks game starts, game ends, and your OBD records.
You should have received a logon and password as part of your training but
if you have any problems let me know and I will get in touch with the
Eastern Theater Commander who has access to that part of the site.
The basic instructions for using the site are available as a link once you have entered the site itself.
This site is key to your promotions and records, so take the time to familiarize
yourself with it.
Army of the Potomac -
This is our Armyís home
page. You can also link to any Army of the Potomac tournaments, the Field Manual, Monthly
Reports, and the AoP Hospital and GAR pages.
Union Army Forums
Here you'll find several Union Army Forums, some being open to all club members, even the rebs
while others are restricted to Union officers or members of a particular army. The AotP home
away from home the Gettysburg Arms is located at this site.
Each month, Headquarters
publishes the Army of the Potomac Monthly Report. The report contains a
summary of the previous monthís activities, including saying hello to
new officers, tracking game progress and results, promotions and
awards. You can view the current monthly report at the main AotP page.
Each month, the Corps and
Division Commanders conduct the muster for our Army. The requirements
are very simple, you need to correspond via email with your Division CO,
letting him know you are still here, and what games you started and
ended in the past month.
Currently, once you have
enough OBD points for promotion to the next senior rank, you need to go
to the Game Registration page, and click on the Reports link. Once
there, click on the Field Promotions link to update your rank in the
database, and it will send an email to your Corps and Army Commanders.
At that point, weíll be buying drinks at The Gettysburg Arms to celebrate!
The staff positions primary job is to make sure the average member gets the most from the club.
Whether that means helping him get better at the games, learn about using the editor, playing MP games,
whatever the member wants our job is to help him find out how to do it.
The idea behind the OOB formula of the club is to keep the work managable so no one gets overwhelmed with
the admin duties. Division commanders are the first line. They normally will have 3-7 officers to look after,
their job is to help their brigade commanders get what they want from the club. If they don't know the answer
to a question they send it on to their Corps Commander. Currently the AotP is using an Email Muster so the Division
Commander is expected to remind his brigade officers to muster on or about the 20th of each month asking them to
check in with him. Just a short email reply is expected, minimum reply, present, although a note on their battles
both ongoing and completed is better. On the 1st of the month he is expected to send an email to the corps commander
with the results of the muster, indicating the names of the officer who mustered, the number of battles the division
is currently engaged in and a note on any division member who has missed two or more musters and the results of his
attempt to contact them. Something along the lines of
Capt. John Union
The Division is engaged in 8 actions against the rebels
Major Disaster's email bounced.
Thus the DC has 10 days for replies to come in and to put together his email to the Corps Commander. They are
expected to check with those officers they don't hear from for two months and report those who fail to muster for
3 consecutive months or if an email bounces. For this they receive 5 OBD per month.
The Corps Commander is the next step in the chain of command, he should be familar enough with the club to know who
to contact to help a club member get to the right person to help him get the most out of the club. In addition
he is responsible for keeping in touch with his Division Commanders. If they fail to report in on the 1st of the month
it is up to him to attempt to contact them. He should compile his report and forward the results to the Army Commander
by the 10th of the month for use in his monthly report to the CoA, He should also make recommendations for awards to
officers of his corps for both battlefield and service contributions. He should check the forums regularly congratulating
his officers on their accomplishments and report to the Army Commander on officers he feels would be good candidates for
Standard practice for Staff positions is a 1 year tour unless real life issues force you to step down beforehand.
Just prior to the end of a tour the officer will normally be contacted and asked if he wishes to sign up for another
tour or not so that the Army Commander has some time to find a replacement if he decides to step down.
Officer Conduct Expectations
There are 4 classes of members in the ACWGC.
There are no dues in the ACWGC although occasionally you will see requests at some of the forums for donations to cover
the costs of the forums or website costs, contributions to these are purely voluntary. The only requirement to be considered
an Active member is that you occasionally let someone know you're here and you want to
continue as a member. Here in the AoP we use an email muster so every month your Division Commander should send an email
reminder to you requesting you report in to him. Currently we also have a Forum posting where officers can muster each month.
We realize that real life goes on and we don't expect everyone to be able
to report in every month. So members are considered in good standing as long as they report in at least once every quarter.
If an officer fails to report in for 3 consecutive months he is placed in the
Once in the Hospital a member will receive no further Muster reminders as he no longer has a brigade and is not assigned
to a Division. Should he re-establish communications he can request return to Active status but there is no guarantee he
will return to his previous assigned brigade. After a member has been in the Hospital for 3 months one last attempt to contact
him will be made by the Army Commander. Failure to reply to this final attempt will result in the officer being
A member can be Discharged by vote of the Cabinet for violating club rules or for being inactive for
6 months. If a member who has been Discharged decides to return to the club at a future date he must apply to the Cabinet
If for some reason a member finds himself unable to continue in an Active status he can request placement on the
Retired/Reseve Officer's list. An officer who has been placed on the Retired list may request reinstatement by applying to
the CoA of the Union Army.
The main club forums are
all linked to from the main ACWGC page. Each forum has a brief
description on the main forum page, and many have permanent posts
discussing any special requirements for that forum. You can set up a
profile and a signature once youíve joined the forum. To join the
forum, go to:
Once you have joined, set
up your signature so that people know your name, rank, and unit
assignment (Brigade/Division/Corps/Army format) with each of your
Mason Dixon Tavern
This is the entire Clubís
Tavern, although itís much more business like than the army taverns tend
to be. You should check in here often to see what the discussions are
and to get an idea of whoís who in the club. Often, valuable
information is posted here, so itís up to you to stay as current as your
time schedule allows.
PBEM Opponent Finder
this board to post all of your challenges. You can edit your post when
you no longer need any responses.
way to post a challenge is to identify the game or scenario you want to
play, the file exchange rate per week if it matters, identify any house
or optional rules you would want to play with/without, and any desires
on only facing a new Reb, etc.
This forum is for
discussing non-Club related topics. Common discussions include sports,
politics, religion, you name it. Itís there if you want it, but you
need not frequent there if you donít want to.
Quartermasters Depot -
The Union Army has a Forum
called Quartermasters Depot, on the same webpage as the main club board,
Mason-Dixon Tavern. This forum is password protected, and for members
of the Union Army only. Itís a great place to ask tactics questions or
get advice on your specific battle situation without the prying eyes of
the Rebels being able to see.
The password is available
from your Corps or Army Commander, just send an email to both and
theyíll get it to you.
Rosieís is the Tavern for
the Army of the Potomac. It is open to all, including Rebs, so keep
your strategic questions to the Quartermasters Depot. Itís a good spot
to brag about your wins or promotions, share stories, and give grief to