From: Santa Rosa, CA
May 1862 saw Union forces on the move. Lyon, led an army of 75000 men to take Corinth Grant, frustrated by the costly assault on Nashville, crossed the Tennessee River east of Nashville and moved on Murfreesboro with 40000 troops. In Murfreesboro, Beauregard reinforced by Hardee, met Grant with 55000 troops and soundly beat him. The shell of Grant's once strong army retreated back to Gallatin. Joe Johnston's 62000 men in Corinth were not as lucky. After putting up a spirited defense, Johnston was forced to retreat. The battle could have gone either way as the retreat odds at the end of the battle were only 1.02 to 1 (Murfreesboro was .82 to 1, not as close). Pemberton had 10,000 troops in Clarksdale, but without initiative he was unable to move to Corinth. Lyon's past successes have increased his command rating, and he was able to commit his entire force into the battle, thus securing the victory. After the battle, James McIntosh was killed along with 1000 of his cavalry while scouting the Union forces in Memphis. Having split Strategic Victories, eyes turned east to where a force of over 20000 soldiers led by McClellan, supported by over half of the Union navy assaulted Charleston. The defending force of 22000 troops (many militia), suffered 5800 losses during the month of operations, compared to 4500 Union casualties, but McClellan, unable to take the key forts, withdrew. Recruiting has been good lately and Union volunteers have fallen off, so I'm no longer outnumbered as badly as I was (maybe 1.7 to 1 in trained troops instead of 2 to 1). The Union player has focused on building a huge navy, so his artillery advantage is not as great as it could be (about 1.5 to 1 in field guns).
In other news, McDowell has finally been relieved from command in Washington (one year without moving). Sherman has been put in command.
I really thought I could beat both Lyon and Grant this turn, so the loss against Lyon was disappointing. In hindsight I had the chance of moving 4000 troops from near Nashville to either of the battles, and had I moved them to Corinth instead of Murfreesboro, that could have made the difference. As I was unsure of the exact size of Grant's forces, I felt I needed them there, but in hindsight I could have moved them west and probably done better. I hope that decision isn't the one that dooms the Confederacy. That loss is a 30 point political swing.
The current political score is Union 1026 Confederate 1037.
< Message edited by Joel Billings -- 3/13/2008 6:42:36 AM >