Turn 17 orders (Early December) – Here’s a post mortem on Manstein’s situation at New Orleans:
Two of his best divisions from the Eastern front, the Fifth and the Eighth, have been nearly decimated. They’re the veterans from the battle at Harpers Ferry, and the conquerors of the Shenandoah Valley and Manassas. As they say in baseball the veterans minimize the damage, so we’ll see how he recovers from this debacle.
Manstein is using his purchases on line infantry replacements and artillery exclusively. He has separated Hooker from the main force and has him in passive mode heading to Fort Saint Phillip, while Blenker begins loading what’s left of the invasion force on to Farragut’s Fleet in passive mode. Load time is five days. The forces in Saint Phillip remain stationary in defensive mode while their offload fleet heads into the fort.
John doesn’t seem able to exploit the situation immediately, because his troops are nearly as decimated. He has placed most of them into the city, while the remainder remains outside in defensive mode. The fruits of victory are numerous, however. Some of them have gained tremendously in experience, many being over 100. Holmes himself has gained four out of a possible nine stars in the experience category, making him a much more valuable 3-2-3 leader. John has not yet chosen to promote him to two star rank. Additionally, Bonham has gone from a 3-1-1 leader to a 3-2-2 leader. John is also investing some points in infrastructure instead of replacements, which could prove valuable down the road.
John has some cav coming from the North in offensive mode, one day away, along with Cocke’s Brigade of 3000 men and 16 guns eight days away on the rail. The newly laid down Mississippi, likely Manstein’s initial target, is heading out into the river in offensive mode also, so the situation at New Orleans is far from resolved.
To the north at Nashville, the Confederate Army of Tennessee has unfortunately for John retreated to Carthage Tennessee, which is to the East of Nashville. Seizing upon this advantage Grant is advancing to region Rutherford Tennessee, south of Nashville in hopes of catching Johnson. John has picked up on this potential danger however, and is skirting around Rutherford through the hills to Winchester Tennessee. This move will take him 24 days due to frozen and muddy conditions, so the situation is unresolved here as much as New Orleans.
Meanwhile, responding to the winter conditions setting in in the region, the Cumberland Fleet, Mississippi Fleet, and the Army of Mississippi is heading back to Memphis while Lyon and the Union fleets head back to Island Number 10.
Exhausted, Third US Cav remains inside Savannah Tennessee, with rebel forces converging.
In the Far West, with Sibley’s Command approaching, Manstein has abandoned the siege of Matagorda Texas and is retreating his cavalry back towards Tuscon.
In the East things remain stationary as heavy winter conditions set in there as well. CSS Virginia is heading back to port at Norfolk; the siege of Ft Monroe continues. Manstein’s food stock it Monroe is at 129 with 41 points of usage per turn.
"We shall give them the bayonet." -Stonewall at Fredericksburg.