From: Monroe, LA, USA
Just in case anyone wondered what happened, I won as the CSA against the AI. Lincoln was not re-elected, and after that it was a matter of time. Okay, I know that is not a tremendous accomplishment. Just to nail things down, the Union never fully exploited their amphibious landings. They made a push in NC, and then Sherman showed up in GA, where he made a push nearly to Atlanta. I stopped that and he went back to NC. He bounced back and forth. But he never pushed into the key interior areas of NC or GA. The Union staged amphibious landings all along the TX and LA coasts, and I finally ran out of men to counter them. In MO, the Union never attacked my position there. It held till the end. Along the Mississippi, Grant took Memphis and Vicksburg and was approaching Baton Rouge and New Orleans when the war ended. I had no troops left to oppose him. I regained control of the river for a while with a small fleet of gunboats build in AR. But I finally ran afoul of a large Union fleet north of New Orleans and got decimated. Lyons took Nashville and my army opposing him finally disintegrated. The only substantial forces I had left outside VA were a few thousand men near Atlanta and a couple of cavalry forces hounding Lyons as he pushed into Alabama. In VA, Lee, Jackson, and Longstreet held off a couple more Union offensives and even managed a counterthrust into Maryland, just for the fun of it, though I withdrew back to VA. I was playing on normal, btw, since I had not played in some time. I know upping the difficulty would probably have led to a different outcome. The major amphibious landings really threw me off, and if they had been accompanied by a major offensive into the interior from central TN, I would have been in real trouble. But the Union just lacked the energy and moved very slowly and methodically. It would be interesting to play as the Union and see what I could do with a major amphibious thrust into NC or GA.