Holding the Line: Outcomes
Option A: Surrender -- there's no way out.
This seems like a sensible plan, but are you giving up too soon? Your army can still fight and reinforcements are supposed to be on the way.
Option B: Retreat to save what's left of the troops.
A safe plan, general. Other commanders would probably do the same. But Grant isn't one of them. A retreat would mean the worst thing possible: defeat. In addition, your side would lose momentum in the war and you could lose your command.
Grant chose option C: Form a final defensive line, and counter-attack later.
Tenacious, aren't you? So was Grant.
U. S. Grant had already earned the nickname "Unconditional Surrender" for the demands he placed on his enemies. He wasn't about to give in himself. As evening approached, Grant formed a final line of defense by the river, telling his men they must hold it at all costs. Grant wanted to hold out long enough to launch a counter-attack with fresh troops.
So how do things look for you now?
It turns out that Confederate commander Johnston died earlier in the day. He was mortally wounded during that fight in the peach orchard. Beauregard has taken over the Confederate command. He has decided to rest his exhausted army, confident that it can finish you off in the morning. Looks like you may get a breather from the fighting for a few hours.
Option D: Attack immediately!
What battle are you watching? Your troops are barely holding on. So while you'd like to be the tough guy, it's just not possible for your men to take the offensive.
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