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God's sake Nelly, why didn't you marry him?

by Wouter de Groot and Sicco Steenhuisen
XXXII. GHS Hexacon, Haus des Gastes, Braunfels, Germany, 12th of May 2018
McClellan and Lee
McClellan (on the left) and Lee (on the right).


“God's sake Nelly, why didn't you marry hím?“ (emphasis on “him”) is a command game about the fighting in front of Richmond in June and July 1862 between the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia under the command of Robert E. Lee and the Federal Army of the Potomac under the command of George B. McClellan. The title is a quote attributed to a Federal soldier who uttered it when he witnessed the Confederate division of A.P. Hill attack the Union 5th Corps on the afternoon of June the 26th. Hill and McClellan at one point courted the same woman (Mary Ellen Marcy) and while she was very much in love with Hill, she ended up marrying McClellan conforming to the wishes of her father.

Location and game fee

The game will be played on the 12th of May, 2018 at the XXXII. GHS Hexacon in das Haus des Gastes, Fürst-Ferdinand-Straße. 4a, Braunfels, Germany. The Hexacon is the yearly gathering of the GHS (Gesellschaft für Historische Simulationen), which lasts a full week (this year from the 7th till 13th of May 2018) during which the GHS members can participate in all kinds of boardgames and wargames (usually but not always) with a historic background.

The Seven Days' Battle megagame is free of charge for GHS members, if you register for the game before the end of March 2018. If you do so, we will give you a preferential treatment in the casting for the game. However to avoid game organisation problems, we also expect you to participate if you register for the game. If you register after the end of March, we will already have made our preliminary casting, so you might get a role you may not like.

If you are not a GHS member, you will pay our normal megagame fee (halved for umpires) but may enter the GHS Hexacon on Saturday and Sunday for free and on the other days of the week you may enter the GHS Hexacon at GHS membership costs (non GHS members normally pay the double amount).

We will send the game materials through this webpage and optionally by email. On the day itself you will also receive your personal briefing.


The following roles can be played and as you can see, every role represents a historic figure. In each group, the order is army commander (where appropriate), corps commander and then the divisional commanders:

Union Army of the Potomac

  • George B. McClellan
  • Randolph B. Marcy
  • Seth Williams
  • Liaison Umpire

2nd Corps

  • Edwin V. Sumner
  • Israel B. Richardson
  • John Sedgwick
  • Liaison Umpire

3rd Corps

  • Samuel P. Heintzelman
  • Joseph Hooker
  • Philip Kearny
  • Liaison Umpire

4th Corps

  • Erasmus D. Keyes
  • Darius N. Couch
  • John J. Peck
  • Liaison Umpire

5th Corps

  • Fitz John Porter
  • George W. Morell
  • George Sykes
  • George A. McCall
  • Liaison Umpire

6th Corps

  • William B. Franklin
  • Henry W. Slocum
  • William F. Smith
  • Liaison Umpire

Confederate Army of Northern Virginia

  • Robert E. Lee
  • Robert H. Chilton
  • Walter H. Taylor
  • Liaison Umpire

Army of the Valley

  • Thomas J. Jackson
  • Charles S. Winder
  • Richard S. Ewell
  • William H.C. Whiting
  • Liaison Umpire

Army of the Peninsula

  • John B. Magruder
  • Lafayette McLaws
  • David R. Jones
  • Howell Cobb
  • Liaison Umpire

Longstreets Wing

  • James Longstreet
  • Ambrose P. Hill
  • Richard H. Anderson
  • Daniel H. Hill
  • Liaison Umpire

Hugers Wing

  • Benjamin Huger
  • Lewis A. Armistead
  • Theophilus H. Holmes
  • Liaison Umpire

At the end of March 2018 we will publish an initial casting for the game. The game aims to be played with 40 to 50 players (including umpires)


Huger defends Drury's Bluff
Huger Wing The Union has naval superiority and protecting Richmond from gunboat attack was a priority. Drury's bluff has a commanding position from the west side of the river. In this foto, Huger's wing is defending the other side of the river. Scouts have reported some enemy activity to the east and the players assume they face an entire Union Corps consisting of 2 divisions. The game uses digitized original material. Eagle-eyed readers can spot how Drury's bluff got its name.

4th Corps
4th Corps This foto displays a situation from the viewpoint of 4th Corps. Each team has counters to represent their own troops as well as some counters to indicate the location of friendly formations and enemy troops that have been spotted. A piece of string is used to make a rough estimate of how much ground can be covered in eight hours of marching.


Wouter de Groot
Sicco Steenhuisen

Wouter de Groot and Sicco Steenhuisen have developed this mega-game specifically for Braunfels Hexacon 2018. Playing a mega-game that is wargame themed is simply the best way to spend your time if you can get a bunch of wargamers together. Or at least we try to make that so.

nelly/introduction.txt · Last modified: 2018/04/25 14:45 by wouter