Gray Fox wrote:As a learning example, let's look at the situation from your point of view.
Taylor's force has at least two Divisions that you can ID. Other CSA Divisions that you can recon more clearly elsewhere on the map have an average of 500+ power. So Taylor might have 1000 power. However, some CSA Divisions have 700+ power, so the worst case scenario is that you may be going to attack at 1:1 odds.
By the icon for his force, he seems to be entrenched to at least level 1, since Hooker's force has the same icon. Hooker would need 12 days to entrench to level 2. It's going to take 7 days to get to Taylor's force, so hopefully he will not have entrenched further. However, sometimes delays randomly occur. The worst case scenario is that Taylor might be entrenched to level 2. Thus, you might expect about 19% of all of your hits will ricochet off the entrenchment to no effect.
By clicking on Hooker's force and pressing the "7" key you get a terrain overlay. If you cursor over Sparta AL you can see that your regular troops (infantry) will only be at 85% effectiveness, your cavalry at 80% and your artillery at 90%. The max range for the battle will be 4 and Hooker can command 22 combat (infantry/cavalry) and 7 support (artillery) elements. All of Taylor's force will be better off.
Now as to Hooker's Corps, Rickets Division is not at full strength and some of his regiments are at about half of their cohesion. A quarter of McArthur's Division are Conscript's that already have lower cohesion. Granger's Division is missing 14 hits. You don't know how strong Taylor's force is. Also, Butler has one Division for your reserve but the CSA has two Divisions in Mobile with McLaws to punish any mistakes you make.
Summary: Hooker may only have 1:1 odds against Taylor. Almost one fifth of Hooker's fire may be lost to Taylor's entrenchments. Hooker 's Corps will be further weakened in the attack by the difficulty of the terrain and is not at 100% to begin with. You don't have good intel on Taylor or McLaws.
Seeing this, would you still attack? Is the problem really about MC?
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