I just got Victoria and Revolutions mainly because of a desire to do a game as the CSA. This AAR is being done with the Southern Revolutions mod. Also, I made sure that I had secured independence before starting this AAR, so the entry on the war will be a bit sketchy and less detailed.
Chapter 1. Freedom of the South
Albert Sidney Johnson walked into President Jefferson Davis's office. Davis had summoned him on short notice and he was still wandering what the occasion was.
"Ah, Mr. Johnson, please sit down," Davis said pointing Johnson towards a chair. "I have an interesting proposal for you, and I do hope you won't turn it down," Davis continued, "I would like you to assume command of all Confederate armies in Virginia. The Confederacy needs strong, smart leaders such as yourself, and that has led me to conclude that you are the man to lead the Confederacy to victory."
"Mr. President, this is an quite an honor to be asked to command these armies of South. I will accept your request to command the Confederate forces in Virginia, and God willing, we shall defeat the Yankees," Johnson replied.
"Excellent! I'm glad that you have decided to take the appointment. All the proper information and paperwork is with my secretary, and you will be able to assume command at once." With that, Davis ended the meeting and Johnson left to assume command.
Johnson's Headquarters, a few days later
Johnson stood in front of a large map of Virginia with many of his staff officers around the room.
"The Federal forces will soon be advancing into Virginia through the Allengheny Mountains and from Washington, DC. We can't hope to defeat all these seperately, so I am ordering all forces to concentrate around Fredericksburg. From there, we will fight off Union incursions."
The staff officers agreed with the assessment, and soon Confederate forces were packing up camp and heading for Fredericksburg.
The Western Theater
General Robert E. Lee had joined the Confederate Army, hoping for an appointment in Virginia, but his actual appointment came as a major surprise. A command in Tennessee? There seemed no reason, but Davis had said that he wanted a good commander out west, and Lee felt that he would do what he had to for the Confederacy.
Davis had given him the strategic goal of capturing Kentucky and Missouri, with it up to Lee's discretion which to take first. Lee eventually decided to attack Kentucky. He would gather his disparate forces scattered across Tennessee and Southern Missouri in Bowling Green.
The Kentucky Campaign
The several Confederate forces were soon gathered in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Bowling Green was fully occupied within a few weeks. Lee then attacked Louisville, with the hope of getting Kentucky to secede.
Even with large swathes of Kentucky captured, the state government did not secede. Federal forces began to close in upon Lee's army, and Lee made the decision to withdraw into Missouri.
Lee's campaign in Missouri was much more successful. The small Union troops in the area were routed quickly, and Confederate forces began to occupy the state.
The Federals soon launched a major counterattack in southern Missouri, against the lone Missouri State Guard. While Confederate forces desperately held off Union troops, Lee brought the main Confederate army forward to hit the Federals on the flank. The manuever was successful, and the Federal counterattack was destroyed.
The Union launched one more attack in Kansas City against Lee himself, but this too was routed, and Lee kept Missouri secure for the rest of the war.
The War in Virginia
In Virginia, as General Johnson withdrew his forces towards central Virginia, Union forces occupied Staunton, Lynchburg, and Manassas. Johnson's army soon began recieving more reserves and recruits.
As the last of the main reserve forces joined Johnson's army, he felt it was time to attack. Staunton had been Union occupied for far to long, so Johnson concentrated his army of over 100,000 men onto the Union garrison of around 2 divisions.
Even with overwhelming numbers, the rough and hilly terrain of the area gave the Union defenders large advantages. The campaign lasted many weeks, but Johnson's men prevailed with large casaulties. However, the massive Confederate committment to Staunton allowed Union troops to capture Richmond. General Johnson led the bulk of the of the Confederate forces, some 60,000 men, and he hit the small Union force hard.
Even though that attack was defeated, the period after the end of the Staunton campagin was one of heavy fighting around Norfolk and Richmond. Union troops beat off an attack on Lynchburg by the Johnson's main force, and Union forces occupied Norfolk during the battle. Johnson's Army then marched back to Norfolk and defeated the Union troops occupying that territory.
However, the front stabilized when the Confederate Congress passed the Conscription Act. These extra forces were soon guarding Norfolk and Richmond, while reinforcing Lee and Johnson's armies. The passing of this act decisively helped the Confederates and helped turn the tide of the war.
The decision was made to move on Washington. Over 150,000 men massed in Fredericksburg, preparing to hit the scant Union troops defending Manassas. Without significant natural obstacles to favor the defender, the Confederate Army smashed Union lines. The army then moved on Washington, brushing aside the Union armies and then Philidelphia was taken.
A few weeks later, President Lincoln of the USA sued for peace. The negotiations gave the CSA Kentucky and Arizona-New Mexico, in addition to the main areas. Missouri was returned to the US though. So ended the Confederate War of Independence.