I hope God is on our side, but I must have Kentucky.
Most of the action in September centered around northern the Tennessee-Kentucky border, across it's entire line. The Union made quick progress suppressing most of the pro-Confederacy sections of Kentucky, though Albert S. Johnston managed to reach Bowling Green with a sizable force.
Union forces have made good use of the rivers, landing large numbers of troops at Paducah and Bowling Green, though they suffered a small disaster at Clarkesville, TN when a landing force was stopped and forced to surrender. However, huge numbers of troops got onto land safely at Bowling Green, where no fighting has yet to occur, but the Union troops far outnumber Johnston's small army. Ulysses S. Grant has arrived at Paducah and driven down to Columbus, KY, but his troops are outnumbered there by Polk.
Of particular note has been the contributions of Ben McCullough at Charleston, MO. He and his artillery have put heavy fire on quite a few Union transports in transit. He's also quite lodged in with almost 300 CP worth of troops, making it a nasty thorn in the side of the Union. At first, I wished I had not moved him to this location and had the troops free for other portions of the defensive line, but he's done very admirably in weakening the Union forces coming into the battle of the west. Nearly every transport by him is taking 40-55 hits, not too shabby at all.
While the east was fairly quiet, Magruder did manage to drive off the invasion force in NC with a blistering attack at Onslow on the tired, dispirited Union forces there. He probably would've ravaged this force even more, but I could never get him to activate and launch an offensive, so the Union forces managed to get to ship and evacuate the ill-fated invasion.
The stage is set for large battles across the map when divisions arrive next turn!
The Objectives Screen
The Battle of Clarkesville, where CSA troops intercept the Union landing force, ending with it's full surrender.
The Tennessee-Kentucky border at end of September. The red dots note points of interest, as follows from left to right:
1) Ben McCullough's force of 300 CP has ravished passing Union transports with it's artillery, inflicting 40-50 hits on each passing fleet.
2) Polk faces Grant, the CSA looks to have about a 380:300 CP ratio advantage.
3) Johnston faces a massive Union force at Bowling Green. The CSA has about 200 CP faced down by at least 600 CP on the Union side. This may not end pretty for the South...
Magruder inflicts a final defeat on the Union's invasion force into North Carolina. This final battle saw a retreat of the Union from NC, though Magruder wasn't able to capitalize on the rout due to several turns of inactivity.