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RE: Turn 7 (12:00 noon) - 11/30/2018 11:55:36 PM   
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One success against the sunken road already. And the cavalry is in a flanking position.




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RE: Turn 7 (12:00 noon) - 11/30/2018 11:56:17 PM   
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The Union move shows the extra backing the sunken road position has been given. Note that this time (unlike the first AAR), the Union Right doesn’t have an isolated artillery unit to exploit. With the reduced Confederate force there, the going will be tougher this time.




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Turn 8 (1:00pm) - 11/30/2018 11:57:14 PM   
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Turn 8 (1:00pm)

Note that the Union Right is not getting exploited the way it was in the first AAR. It’s going to be a slower process this time. But there is still superiority there, so it should eventually crumble. At the sunken road, I still plan some bombardments for one side of the sunken road – but only where supporting infantry can be involved. (Pure bombardments didn’t do much in the first AAR.) The Duncan Field clearing allows line-of-sight to the target. But the main attack is directly on the flank of the road. This is where I hope to unravel the position. Lots of cavalry are available to exploit.




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RE: Turn 8 (1:00pm) - 11/30/2018 11:58:00 PM   
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All attacks were successful, including the attack with the artillery support. More attacks are set up.




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RE: Turn 8 (1:00pm) - 12/1/2018 12:00:20 AM   
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All attacks were successful again. But there is still no chance for exploitation. But that is getting closer.




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RE: Turn 8 (1:00pm) - 12/1/2018 12:00:59 AM   
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The Union move adjusts their lines around the sunken road to deal with the threat to their left flank and the arrival of III Corps on their right flank. McClernand’s division on the right mostly holds its ground.




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Turn 9 (2:00pm) - 12/1/2018 12:07:49 AM   
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Turn 9 (2:00pm)

Cavalry exploit on the left flank, and an attack is set up to pocket a stack there as well. In Duncan Field, another supported attack is planned. On the Union Right position, a pincer tactic is in progress.




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RE: Turn 9 (2:00pm) - 12/1/2018 12:08:32 AM   
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On the left flank, the pocketing effort has paid off. Now the pocket needs to be reduced. The Duncan Field attack was a success. The pincer tactic continues on the right.




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RE: Turn 9 (2:00pm) - 12/1/2018 12:09:15 AM   
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The pocket was eliminated. The pincer tactic is coming to fruition.




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RE: Turn 9 (2:00pm) - 12/1/2018 12:09:53 AM   
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The union left flank was under so much danger that the last positions on the sunken road had to be abandoned to obtain units to fill out a new left flank position. On the right side, the nearly surrounded stack has retreated to hopefully escape.




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Turn 10 (3:00pm) - 12/1/2018 12:10:49 AM   
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Turn 10 (3:00pm)

The Confederate cavalry on the Union left flank breaches the line and exploits it to the limit. The Union left flank is close to collapse. The pincer tactic on the Union right continues.




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RE: Turn 10 (3:00pm) - 12/1/2018 12:11:55 AM   
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Attacks are set up against the Union lines with the potential to pocket significant forces. The pincer tactic is about to link the two pincers.




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RE: Turn 10 (3:00pm) - 12/1/2018 12:12:40 AM   
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On the Union left flank, a couple of pockets have been formed. Now they need to be reduced. The pincer tactic has created its pocket and now it will be reduced.




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RE: Turn 10 (3:00pm) - 12/1/2018 12:13:23 AM   
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Two of the pockets were eliminated. The Union left flank has nearly disintegrated. They try to adjust as best that they can. On the Union right, the defenders have had to abandon their lines and fall back to try to save themselves.




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Turn 11 (4:00pm) - 12/1/2018 12:20:09 AM   
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Turn 11 (4:00pm)

On the Union left, a new pocket is created by the Confederate cavalry, while the other pocket is attacked. On the Union right, another pocket is created and attacked. One cavalry unit tries to get to the bridge to blow it.




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RE: Turn 11 (4:00pm) - 12/1/2018 12:20:59 AM   
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All three pockets are eliminated. Further attacks are set up. Some redundant units from the right are sent towards the landing.




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RE: Turn 11 (4:00pm) - 12/1/2018 12:21:41 AM   
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More attacks are set up following the success of the last ones.





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RE: Turn 11 (4:00pm) - 12/1/2018 12:23:25 AM   
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More attacks are set up after more successes.




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RE: Turn 11 (4:00pm) - 12/1/2018 12:23:54 AM   
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I didn’t save the Union move, but they adjusted as best they could.

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Turn 12 (5:00pm) - 12/1/2018 12:24:58 AM   
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Turn 12 (5:00pm)

This shows that the cavalry unit sent to blow the bridge has succeeded. Lew Wallace’s division will never arrive. Attacks continue against the leftovers of McClernand’s division. On the Union left, there is some hope that the remains of the Union position can be bagged. The units that had been sent to try to take the landing have been shifted to this purpose instead. I realized that they would never make it to the landing on time. Now attacks are set up on the far left flank by the cavalry. If that line can be breached, a huge pocket could be formed.




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RE: Turn 12 (5:00pm) - 12/1/2018 12:25:41 AM   
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That breach is nearly completed. Just one more Union stack is in the way of closing the pincers. (The artillery unit will be easy to brush aside.)




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RE: Turn 12 (5:00pm) - 12/1/2018 12:26:24 AM   
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The pincers didn’t quite come together. But, the Union has been hit with a disaster! Most of the units in the pocket are reorganizing! Meanwhile, the first units of the Army of Ohio have arrived. (That’s why the try for the landing had no chance.)




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Turn 13 (6:00pm) - 12/1/2018 12:27:18 AM   
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Turn 13 (6:00pm)

Pockets are formed in several places, and reduction efforts are underway.




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RE: Turn 13 (6:00pm) - 12/1/2018 12:28:16 AM   
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One pocket is eliminated and that clears the way to close the pincers – creating a huge pocket that even includes General Grant! More reduction continues elsewhere.




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RE: Turn 13 (6:00pm) - 12/1/2018 12:29:00 AM   
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The pocket still couldn’t be eliminated. It will have to wait till tomorrow. Reduction continues against the left flank of the huge pocket.




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RE: Turn 13 (6:00pm) - 12/1/2018 12:29:56 AM   
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While the last attack was successful, it was not advanced into and the Union reoccupied it.

This is the end of the first day. Let’s look at the results:

Union losses: 26,920 men and 44 guns (plus four commanders).
Confederate losses: 12,020 men.

So the Confederates have gained 14,900 men on the Union, and 44 guns. But it’s even worse than that: 8,380 men and 30 guns (and two commanders) are trapped in pockets behind Confederate lines!

I’m going to skip the intervening night turns and jump straight to the opening of the second day.





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Turn 25 (Day Two 6:00am) - 12/1/2018 12:40:49 AM   
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Turn 25 (Day Two 6:00am)

During the night each side tried to optimize the positioning of their forces for the start of the next day. This included positioning artillery directly adjacent to enemy defenders (allowed because of the night). The Union might have had some ambitions of using the Army of Ohio forces to rescue the trapped Army of Tennessee forces. But after the repositioning, that looks unlikely. Note that the pockets spent the night unsupplied. But they suffered only a few squads lost to desertion. This is a very short turn interval.

Note that it rained heavily during the night - there is mud everywhere.




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RE: Turn 25 (Day Two 6:00am) - 12/1/2018 12:41:25 AM   
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With the arrival of dawn, the initial attacks are set up. Note that artillery are included in the attacks – ranges were reduced to 0, to allow the canister part of the guns to participate.




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RE: Turn 25 (Day Two 6:00am) - 12/1/2018 12:42:28 AM   
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Three attacks were successful against the larger pocket. The isolated pocket needs just a little more work.




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RE: Turn 25 (Day Two 6:00am) - 12/1/2018 12:43:12 AM   
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The isolated pocket is now gone and the forces that eliminated it have been moved against the Union flank. More work is needed on the other pocket. Note that artillery can’t advance during the day. But there are still some artillery adjacent.




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