[color="Red"]Turn 11: Early September, 1861[/color]
[SIZE="5"]DISASTER AT ANNAPOLIS!![/size]
A terrible turn of events on August 16th as Union generals Banks and Milroy strike at Johnson with the help of Carl Schurz and his cavalry. Johnson fought back assault after assault and retreated west until he was surprised to find Schurz's cavalry blocking his path of retreat into Carrol, MD. Johnson was soon cut-off and much of his tattered army (4,000 troops) surrendered at the end of the day. Johnson, Jackson and Kirby Smith are ridiculed in southern papers for days after the battle.
(This was a true surprise. You can see it but Johnson tried to retreat six times and failed each miserably. Call it a major mistake and possibly an oversight, or misunderstanding of the rules on my part. Apparently Soundoff was able to get Schurz's cavalry into Carrol, MD...the area Johnson was most likely to have retreated if attacked...although I thought having 44% military control in Montgomery, MD would have been more than enough to open an automatic retreat path through there. At any rate...lesson learned...time to regroup!)
[SIZE="5"]FEDERALS ASSAULT VIRGINIA!![/size]
Harper's Ferry taken without a fight!!
(Soundoff sent a new division under Morrell to Harper's Ferry...he had a power of about 440....even with strong entrenchments and hills to defend...Bee ordered a withdrawal. I was somewhat discouraged by this).
Covington falls as volunteers defend to the last man!!
(My 3rd Reserve Brigade was ordered to hold the town at all costs...they did...and they were destroyed. More bad news on this fateful late August, '61. Blenker now sits in Covington with about 7,000 troops poised to strike into the heart of Virginia).
Reinforcements arrive at Ft. Monroe!!
(Looks like there was backup closer than I thought. Hooker arrives at Ft. Monroe with an entire division. I have a feeling this was a trap Soundoff had hoped to spring on what he assumed would be an assault by me. Good thing that didn't happen.)
[SIZE="3"]Kentucky joins the Southern cause!![/size]
(This was good news on an otherwise crappy turn. This will help give me a buffer against Soundoff in Tennessee.)
Massacre at Lexington!!
(Sumner destroys the militia near Lexington, MO. A valiant stand by the lesser troops. Missouri is no longer contested by my forces.)
Orders for the coming Turn, We'll start in the east:
Oh what a way to stary off the Fall eh!
. Man, I think the ONLY silver lining I could take away from the debacle that was Late August, 1861 is that I now have control of Alexandria Virginia and sit right at the doorstep of a rather lightly defended Washington D.C. Soundoff's entire eastern army participated in the attack at Annapolis and so remains there as of Sept. 1st.
It's time to start thinking defensively now. Any offensive plans have been put on hold (quite possibly for the remainder of the game)...the defense of Richmond is now the first priority. Beauregard is given orders to hold his position and cover the reorganization that will hopefully happen in Manassas soon. Bory is ordered to retreat if he feels he is being pressed too hard.
Bee and his brigade will meet with Johnson, Jackson and Smith as well as Bohnam and the remnants of the Shennendoah army in Mannassas and reorganize there. A militia regiment in Strasburg will destroy the rails and depot and travel to the meeting....as will a light brigade in Culpepper. I anticipate I will either form some sort of scratch command under Jackson and Kirby Smith to counter Morrell in the Valley...or I will use the troops to further reinforce Beauregard.
General Ruggles is sent to meet up with a scratch force in Lynchburg, he will have at his disposal Wise's regulars, some militia, a cavalry regiment...and some supply wagons will meet him there as well.
General Huger is ordered to evacuate the seige works around Ft. Monroe with around 6,000 troops and make for West Point, where he will board a train and set up defenses around Norfolk, VA. Smith and his troops stay in the seige works for now to delay Hooker should he decide to come out.
In the West:
The Kentucky event is very encouraging because it means I can rather heavily bolster the defenses of Fts. Henry and Donelson without worry as much about an advance from Bowling Green. It also makes my Army of Southern Kentucky a viable threat to Wallace and his approximately 9-10,000 troops in Bowling Green because they will soon be completely cut-off. I suspect Soundoff will withdrawal from Bowling Green, but I'm not going to count on it.
A lot of action with cavalry this turn. I've sent a regiment to secure the area around Clarksville, TN...another to block the bridges and fords north and west of Carthage, TN. A third will raid north and cut the rails east of Brownsvill, KY...northeast of Bowling Green. A fourth will be sent to protect the crossings west of Fts. Henry and Donelson from raiders. Winder, with his cavalry divisio will clear Paducah of any enemy activity and begin to setup defenses. (my raid into Illinois is cancelled because Soundoff sent some ships to block the river crossings).
Coastal artillery is also en route to both Columbus, KY and Fts. Henry and Donelson.
In the Far West:
Not much action at all. Shields still sits outside Springfield...McCulloch has gathered his small force in Fayetteville and is setting up defenses. Stand Watie was activated this turn. I am sending him on a raid north to burn and pillage as much of Missouri as he can.
Goverment Action and Reinforcements:
Congress is called to Richmond yet again to approve an emergency military appropriations bill. The government will print additional money to refill the ranks of the battered Eastern forces. Several brigades are called up throughout South Carolina and North Carolina.
Soundoff appears to have focused rather heavily on artillery. So I have also ordered 6 batteries (64 guns) be built in North Carolina and ready for transport to the main eastern army...or wherever needed.
Generals in Nashville are calling for a substantial upgrade in clerical and logistical staff as troops continue to join with the newly formed Army of the District of Southern Kentucky. President Davis calls together some of the best military minds (and political friends) to be sent to Nashville to form the nations second official field army.
Will Beauregard be attacked at Alexandria?? Will Soundoff abandon Bowling Green and central Kentucky?? Will Blenker move east out of Covington??...stay tuned...