Grand Tactician: The Civil War (1861-65) Army Organization Guide

Grand Tactician: The Civil War (1861-65) Army Organization Guide

Grand Tactician: The Civil War (1861-65) Army Organization Guide

Grand Tactician, The Civil War (1861-65) players will take on the enormous task of leading a whole war effort either as the USA or the CSA in order to win the US Civil War. The majority of the time players will be spending their time preparing their troops for battle and engaging in large-scale engagements. This primer will help you get started.

These are the main levels of organization at Grand Tactician

– Army – Corps
– Division
– Brigade

The Napoleonic Corps system was not yet used by the Confederate and US militaries at the start of the Civil War. Players will therefore only be able to access the three lowest levels of the organization. After players adopt the Military II policy ( refer to our policy guide), their country will transform its military and gain full organizational freedom.

The navy fleets are autonomous and operate without the need for an organizational structure like the army.

Here’s all you need to know regarding army organization in Grand Tactician.


The highest level of organizational structure for the USA and CSA is the army. The army is basically a collection of several corps that work together in a specific theater.

While the army HQ won’t have any tactical impact in battle, a well-known leader ( refer to our leader guide) will increase national morale and improve supply processing. Historical examples of such formations include the Union Army of the Potomac or the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.


The Civil War’s main strategic maneuver units are the Corps. These are mini-armies that can fight small battles on their own and are made up of several specialist divisions.

Although combat divisions are the most skilled, generalization can be beneficial for corps. However, they may benefit from an emphasis on infantry, cavalry, or artillery. The Civil War’s most popular historical corps were either cavalry corps or standard infantry heavy corps.


A division is a tactical specialist grouping that includes multiple brigades. The best way for divisions to work together on the battlefield is with other corps divisions. They can also pursue limited tactical objectives.

This organization level is where players can see the most variety and specialization. They can create all kinds of formations to fulfill different tactical roles. While divisions are generally better off having some specialization, many divisions used to have one type of brigade for the bulk (e.g. infantry or cavalry), and an additional force of another troop type for flexibility support like artillery ( refer to our troop type guide).


Grand Tactician’s main tactical combat unit is the brigade. Although some brigades may be able to detach skirmishers from other brigades, brigades will ultimately act as the player’s practical fighting force.

Because of the sheer size of the Civil War’s armies, any single brigade will not have a significant impact in any particular tactical situation. To maintain morale and overpower local enemy resistance, it’s always a good idea for brigades to be used together.

The mini-game of an army organization is one that players can spend hours on trying to create the best force to meet their needs. Once players are familiar with the four levels of the organization, they’re ready to let loose and build the army of their dreams.

Grand Tactician: The Civil War (1861-65) Army Organization Guide
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