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Subject: It was not to be rss

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4th session, 3rd game of For the People.

I took the Union this time.

The war started with Union embarkation in Texas and subsequent control of that state during spring of 1861 when McClellan took command of the invading force. During the summer Lincoln also managed to get the blockade up to a formidable level (3) while confederates where being pretty dormant but gained control of Missouri. Western Virginia sided for the Union almost as soon as the war has been proclaimed.

Confederates fortified heavily in the west with forts in Columbus, Dover and Peducuah so Halleck in turn built a fort in Cairo where he spent the entire game losing men to attrition, which was funny for the supreme commanders on both sides but perhaps not for the men involved.
Rebel ironclads were built and stationed in both Columbus and Dover so the naval incursions from the north were impossible to conduct.

Virginian theatre was rather docile after the Union army under McDowell managed to push back the confederate army commanded by Beauregard back to Richmond during 1861.

Confederates attacked in Kentucky and took Louisville where fort was built and made a pain in the back for the newly created army of Tennessee with Buell in command and their conquest of eastern Tennessee. The axis of the advance during 1862 was from Cincinnati to Clinton and then the army managed turn west and take Nashville, effectively firing R.E. Lee for a short while due to inefficient defenses of the Tennessee capital, but the rail lines through eastern Kentucky were exposed due to the Louisville fort and not enough troops to guard it. Fortunately the supreme commander of the rebels didn't realize this until it was too late for the out-of-supply and starving confederates to do much so the fort fell in the spring of 1863, along with the whole Kentucky. Also, the fort of St.Phillip/Jackson was taken by union troops under Freemont, thus opening up the Mississippi river all the way up to Columbus.

In the meantime Missouri switched sides and Lee was called west but although he managed to occupy St.Louis for a short while he had to retreat without doing much harm as the Memphis was taken by the daring naval invasion under some terrible commander of the Union that history forgot.
Fortunately for the rebels, Lee was swift and managed to retake Memphis before it was burned to the ground. During the next season however, another naval attack was launched and this time Butler was able to burn the city before being obliterated by Lee. In the far west Little Rock fell to the federals and was burned to the ground, but was later reclaimed by rampaging Lee who made it across the Mississippi river that was Union controlled due to his engineering genius, and his method of traversing the enemy infested river remained a mystery even for the supreme command (This was a mistake on our part, as Lee wasn't able to cross the river under union control. We only realized it after a number of cards were played, so we made Lee make a fort in New Madrid on the way back to remedy the situation, as we couldn't take it back anymore).

As the union Army of Tennessee has taken most of the eastern Tennessee the situation started to look more grim for the confederates because the rail lines in the western part of the state were in jeopardy of being broken, thus possibly leaving all the forts on the Mississippi and all troops in them out of supply. To avoid that from happening, Armies of the Tennessee (under Van Dorn) and Mississippi (under Lee) were created and the confederate counteroffensive has started, which almost managed to destroy the overextended union army. Federals however managed to retreat back to Nashville, retake broken supply lines and fortify, although they were almost destroyed during the retreat as the army commanded by Van Dorn was in a great position to intercept and wipe out the out of supply army before they reached Memphis, but van Dorn was too slow to move (failed roll) and the great opportunity slipped. This counterattack however stopped the union armies from advancing, the rail lines were saved, and some parts of eastern Tennessee reclaimed back to confederate control.

In in the east Reynolds descended from the West Virginia and marched to Lynchburg, while Grant took command of the Army of the Potomac and continuously attacked the entrenchments of Richmond, which amounted to two great battles in which confederates managed to defend with huge casualties on the union side. Those were the only good news the people of the Confederacy heard in a long time, and the prospects of independence waned even more when Meade invaded and took control of Florida with almost no effort, and also Grand Gulf on the Mississippi was taken by the federals who quickly seized the industrial city of Jackson and were planning to raze it.

In the spring of 1864 the federals backed off from Richmond which prompted the Army of Northern Virginia to take offensive and try to recapture some of the Virginian soil. They were however intercepted at Fredericksburg, and Beauregard and his subordinates, experts at defending but rarely the ones to attack another army in a good position, had to press forward. The blunder was great and the consequences terrible, the army lost half their men and was totally destroyed when Grant gained the initiative and attacked the retreating rebels at Hanover. That left Richmond undefended and to prevent further destruction and loss of lives, weary and hopeless Davis and the Confederacy surrendered. Lincoln decided to celebrate victory with a visit to the local theater...
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