Darkness and Decision: Sunday, April 6, 6 p.m. to midnight
It's evening and there seems to be a pause in the fighting. It's actually almost quiet at the moment.
Believe it or not, reinforcements are finally here; Buell's division has just wandered into Pittsburg Landing. But your troops have been so badly beaten that most officers assume you'll retreat anyway. It's pretty much been the worst day of your career.
So, general, what are you going to do? Take a look at the map to get an idea of where things stand right now. Then, imagine this: The battlefield, littered with thousands of dead and injured men, is being pounded by rain. Field surgeons are frantically trying to save the lives they can. That often means amputating limbs on the spot to prevent infection. (Forget about anesthesia...it's not widely available right now.) The screams and moans of the dying fill the air, and blood is everywhere.
Not feeling so well? Why don't you take refuge under that large oak tree over there and collect your thoughts.
Confederate forces have just whipped your army. What are your orders, General?
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