It is winter in this new continent, but the Tairo has given orders to assault San Fransisco and get this naval base as soon as possible. California is the only State in the Western USA so far, and if its major city falls, it will probably be easy to conquer as we could bring more supplies and troops. We have to take care of reinforcements in Japan as most of the field armies have been sent to America.
Soon, Choshu's powerful battleship squadron will be ready to defend Japan. The Ryukyuan are investing more ships as well.
The area around the bay of San Fransisco has been secured by Katamori, although elsewhere Itakura was not as successful. But this is the most important part of our campaign. With the area secure, we can bring Nabeshima's siege cannons and start bombarding the city's fortifications. To that we can add the ships from our naval blockade which can bombard too. There are naval and fort cannons in San Fransisco, we have to be careful before we approach.
Thankfully, the Indians keep the Americans occupied as well. The Apache are quite the nuisance!
We seem to have secured in military control the major parts of coastline in the West. Our supply lines are open, albeit we don't have too much of supplies to push.
After passing all January pounding the city, General Katamori has given the order to assault the city fortifications and take it. Nabeshima's howitzers have wasted the Americans for good. Unfortunately, we had a serious loss in the sea. Our naval units received return fire from the cannons of Alcatraz Island that were protecting the Bay and had to retreat damaged. The supermodern Ironclad of ours, present of Napoleon the 3rd himself and named after him got so much damaged that it had to be scuttled. The rest of the fleet is returning to Los Angeles and hopefully back here to be repaired, once we get the city and its infrastructure.
I could not go wrong on this. Two siege cannons and pioneers give +3 "breach" bonus. Needed two turns to breach the city.
Itakura, apart of his losses is still a remarkably good Daimyo and manages to live off the land. He is a master logistician after all. He sits in the important Los Angeles coaling station shadowing the American forces that have retaken San Diego. The Americans seem to have two divisions there, we cannot possibly hold them forever.
This land is rich and we hear it all the time! In nearby Nevada territory, they have found gold. We should not worry about it too much, though, by taking Sacramento and the Californian gold mines we can have much of it for ourselves.
It took four days of almost continuous battle for the assault to be successful. But with our heavy artillery, there was no serious risk of not prevailing. In the end, the city is ours! Hurray!
In Europe we heard that Wallachia and Moldovia have united to form Romania! Not that we care much.
Unfortunately, as we had San Fransisco secured, we learned that the people of Oregon have decided to apply for Statehood, even if we occupy much of their territory. This seems to have beefed up their spirits and we got a beating in the Willamette Valley by General Twiggs who moved there, near Portland. Oregon is now the 33rd State of the USA and it will not negotiate anymore to become war booty.
We got overwhelmed for now, but at least we made them bleed as well.