I'd have to check the rulebook, but IIRC, it takes an extra combat loss to lose the general. So, if you lost just enough to lose all your CUs, & the general remains, you retreat the general (& hope he doesn't get caught before you reinforce him).Nope. If you lose all your CU's when you lose a battle, your general is eliminated too. Rule 10.10 says
A General also becomes displaced if all CUsNote that some people have misinterpreted this to think that if you have 3 CU's, and lose 3CU's to the attrition table, and an additional 2CU's to the retreat table, your general lives. While the rule is not well-written, the intent is that if you face only attrition losses and not retreat losses, because you won the battle or it ended via withdrawal, then your general lives. But if you lose all your CU's in a battle you lose, whether the last one falls to attrition or you still have more to lose to retreat, your general is also dead.
accompanying the General are eliminated due to Retreat
Table casualties, Retreat losses, or the Naval Table. A General
is not displaced if all CUs under his command are removed
due to the Attrition Table, the Storm at Sea event (#60), or
the Battle Casualties die roll.