On day2, Lee decides to retreat southward, realizing the whole Union army is now at Petersburg and the CSA army is unable to resupply. It appears that by retreating out of the Petersburg region the CSA loses its military control of the region to the point that the CSA stacks revert to offensive and attack. I base this on the battle report screenshots, its unclear that the rebs, as shown in the battle report, would attempt to assault Peterburg while the map overview shows Lee on defensive posture attempting to march southward...perhaps my opponent knows what was ordered and why.
We inflict serious harm here. As we shall see...
At Harper's Ferry, Va. Wharton leads a cav brigade and takes Harpers Ferry.
Near Atlanta, McCook defends well but gives ground against Bragg and retreats towards Columbus and Grant's command, where we wanted to attach him anyway.
Ft. Smith Ark, was attacked, we begin to seige.
The battle at Petersburg with the whole reb army was amazing, I have never seen so many in battle. Lee/Jackson/Longstreet will have to move south or be cutoff stuck at Norfolk. We will drive southward and force them to fight for the rail line to Wilmington. Reynolds and 3divs. at Wilmington will plan on stubbornly defending it as the main reb. stacks are in disarray in Viriginia.
Sherman will march on Montgomery Al, Grant will follow. McCook off his battle against Bragg, surrounded and almost cutoff will naturally assault Columbus, Ga. where a nice, fat depot sits guarded by Pemberton's spent army stack from Mississippi and mucho supply wagons...all which we would love to capture. McCook is near spent but he needs this one.
Not much else to do but finish off Gardiner if we can.
Resting and inactive at the Ft. Smith seige.
Lee, Longstreet and Ewell get mauled at Garysburg, Beaurgard at Burkeville.
Jackson retreated prior to Garysburg falling and so escaped southward.
Columbus does fall for McCook, the rebs dont move any defense forces there.
Pensacola falls, Gardiner in Ms. gets more beatings for Ord's corps.
The CSA losses are piling up, they have lost effectively 2/3 of their Eastern army in my estimation. Jackson is low on supply and has his retreat blocked.
I see a glorious opportunity to march southward at full speed all the way to Charleston.
Jackson slipped away, and plans to assault Wilmington or at least to counter Reynolds. We will send all southward against Goldsboro...