Holding the Line: Sunday, April 6, noon - 6 p.m.
You've been holding off the Confederates for hours now. Still no sign of Buell or Wallace, so it looks like you're on your own. It's been a deadly afternoon for both armies, and your Union troops are losing ground.
Fighting across a cotton field and in a peach orchard, General Hurlbut and his men have managed to wound Confederate commander Johnston. Bullets are zinging through the peach trees by the thousands, making the blossoms fall like snow.
In mid-afternoon, you ordered General Prentiss to hold a spot along a sunken road near the middle of the battlefield. Check out the map to confirm their position. (Just to give you an idea of how fierce the fighting is in that spot, it will be known later as "The Hornet's Nest.")
It's now 5:30 p.m., and Prentiss has finally surrendered. Confederate artillery has taken a terrible toll on his troops, but his heroic stand has bought time for the rest of your army.
Things look grim. Time is running out and you are losing men at an alarming rate.
Things aren't getting any easier. What are your orders, General?
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