Early Oct. 61
The President has ordered me to begin a general offensive across the West.
I believe the West forces are lacking regulars, leaders and supply units but will try to give the rebs what I got handy.
At Ft. Gibson, my 4 regiments of cav have fair weather(except at Ft. Gibson), and have disuaded the rebs including Watie who has retreated.
The decision is to go for Ft. Smith thinking that the rebs might see Fayetteville is a more likely target.
Lyon is finally ready and has some naval assets to clear the stretch of river north of Paducah. A risky move considering, but lyon with a division of militia and a small command malus will board transports at St. Louis and head to Ft. Henry/Donelson. Foote, selected for promotion this turn, will lead 2 ironclads and a handful of gunboats to clear the path for Lyon. Lyon is estimated to arrive on day12. Wallace, from Louisville, is ordered to Evansville Ill to be Lyon's reserve.
Also, 4,000 men will march overland to Paducah from Cairo and attempt an assault with the hope of gaining that strategic town. Polk is to the south with a sizeable force so its very possible that one of these upcoming assaults will get pasted if they march to either region in anticipation. I am risking Cairo in a worry here.
I send 3 regiments of cav from Evansville south via river and track to assault Clarksville.
If successful we can cut the rail and isolate Ft. Henry and W. Kentucky from the East Kentucky/Tennessee forces. The plan is to hopefully give our troops local superiority around Bowling Green or Ft. Henry/Donelson upcoming.
The rebs are entrenching and adding troops around Bowling Green.
Grant, newly arrived at Louisville, heads with 3brigades to Lexington via river and will assault that strategic town. In defence, the rebs only have a militia unit garrisoned and a weakened cav unit in the region. A great chance to achieve a victory which will lead to his promotion. A BIG, BIG goal of mine for the next few turns.
Porter will leave Louisville and fix the rail on the road to Bowling Green. This should allow Grant to speedily redeploy if all goes to plan.
I will send a brigade (3000men) toward Marion and hope to gain that town or at the least cut the rail and aid in our general disruption plan in conjuction with the upcoming general offensive.
Sumner is inactive, so 3 regiments of troops are going to try to take Dallas. The supply situation is dire. Will need to address this soon.