From: metro Chicago, Illinois, USA
SVF 2.0 public beta test 20121019. Late December 1861. Union AI, Confederate Human.
In order to distract the Union high command and tie down Banks at Petersburg, Beauregard moved on that place, with orders to Retreat If Engaged. The Union had divided its forces still again, sending Banks to Prince George VA to capture the Southern Columbiads there, then onward across the James to Charles City VA. Despite having the numerical advantage, Beauregard lost the Battle of Petersburg:
Of little concern, because Beauregard had served his purpose admirably.
Lee attacked McClellan and won the Battle of Richmond!
A most wondrous and splendid Christmas present!
McClellan was forced to retreat southward across the James River towards Petersburg. The Union AoP is now spread out in various regions south of the Confederate capital:
Lee's command is much weakened (Pwr down to ~1000), what with reduced cohesion after the march to Richmond through the late autumn mud, then the Richmond battle. Lee must now go into defensive mode, all or in part even a Hold at All Cost defense, because we can't afford to lose Richmond yet again.
We are now concerned that the Union AI might, but likely not, retreat towards the sea, move down the James, to try to take Norfolk VA.
The Union AoP might now have good reason to worry. Where will it get its supplies from? From the Union Navy? Note the massive Union naval presence in the James River, as demonstrated by the Battle of James Estuary:
There is still some hope we can contain McClellan's Army, and perhaps even destroy it. General Winter, Lieutenant General Starvation, lead the way!
Out west, Price has joined Hindman to defend Fayetteville AR. In KY/TN, Buell's Army of the Cumberland has started to besiege Ruggles at Columbus (Hickman KY).
Note the dramatic recovery of Southern NM, and the significant drop in Northern NM. We may yet win this struggle!
Union Morale 133, VPs 1046, Combat Losses 18694
Confederate Morale 112, VPs 874, Combat Losses 19887
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