Grant orders a general withdrawal to a new, tighter defensive line behind the initial positions, following Bragg's piercing of the hornet's nest. He'll use relatively fresh Divisions to cover the left flank as fighting has worked its way up the to the banks of the Tennessee River. These forces will ensure Breckenridge's Reserve Corps don't walk straight into Pittsburgh Landing unopposed.
|Vacating the Hornet's Nest at the 10:00 hour.|
|Grant's troops, mostly of Sherman's Division, fall back to positions northward in the woods while strong Union Artillery covers the approach. This will be important in the coming hours.|
|View from the Rebel side - note the solid defensive line forming up. We're not going to make it too easy for Johnny Reb to change the course of history!|
|The rebel breakthrough at the sunken lane sees the union evacuate the position in a hurry! the Rebs are right on their heels.|
|Breckenridge reaches the Union positions on the left flank int he woods and hard fighting ensues. The Yanks are pushed back!|
|Note the new Union line curving from center-left down and to the right. The most beat-up units are from Sherman's Division in the center where I have some Brigades that have quite a bit of fatigue on them.|
|Rebels massing in the center to go after Sherman's Division again|
|Ken presses his advantage now.|
|More assaults against a brigade of Sherman's division with 2 fatigue! Remarkably they'd hold!|
|More Union units sent to the back of the line with the Confederate onslaught|
|Sherman's artillery routes a Rebel brigade! Heroes all!|
|The broken brigade - who tried to rally and rolled a "1"! Brigade evaporates!|
We continue to be impressed with Altar of Freedom, specifically for the command and control mechanisms, and the resource management aspect of it. We may try to meet earlier to finish the battle in the next sitting. Next up...First Manassas?