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  • Fawcett's Brief

    Gentlemen,

    A disposition of captured arms and recommendation for all commands:

    Artillery

    Gardner's Battery: (19 men, Regular, 2x 3.5in Rifles)

    Granted 2x 10lb Parrott Rifles toward his requested battery. Noting that this will remove his experience bonus for the previous engagement, recommend generous crew sizes. If there are discretionary funds we may be able to get him another gun.

    Lord Tremayne's Britannic Battery: (19 men, Veteran, 3 x 12lb Mountain Howitzer & Prairie Carriage)

    Recommend his excellent 12lb Mountain Howitzers be replaced by 12lb Field Howitzers for increased performance and equal mobility. Prepared to supply bronze from the captured 6lb guns to augment material from his own smelted pieces for a total of 4x 12lb Field Howitzers in his horse artillery battery. This would only be done with Tremayne's consent; raising his crews to 25 men would allow him to crew all four pieces without losing experience bonus.

    Cavalry

    Tar Heel Troop: (67 men, Green, Revolvers and Enfield Short Rifle)

    Assigned 480 "points" of equipment, with first claim on the captured 20x Colt Revolvers (at a total cost of 80 points) if he wishes. Should retain all original equipment for replacements; points only required to expand. As no experience to lose, recommend expanding as far as possible.

    Sennef's Saddle Blazers: (54 men, Regular, Saber and Sharps Carbine)

    Assigned 480 "points" of equipment over replacement (to 70). May purchase additional Sharps Carbine from Fawcett's Grenadiers if he wishes to expand.

    Dee’s “Dutch” Hussars: (54 men, Regular, Kammerlader, pistol and sabre)

    Assigned 480 "points" of equipment over replacement. Recommend regulating your expansion to retain experience bonus.


    Infantry

    North Carolina Grenadier Guard: (111 men, Veteran, Sharps Carbine, Bowie knives and grenades)

    Assigned 480 "points" of equipment over replacement. Recommended limited expansion to remain a small but weighty reserve force.

    Bird's Green Jackets: (103 men, Regular, Enfield 1853 Rifle & Bayonet)

    Assigned 480 "points" of equipment over replacement. Has priority to purchase rifles from the captured weapon pool at standard pricing (2 points each). Consider reinforcing heavily to a 240+ man battalion and accepting the loss of experience.

    Finch's Company: (130 men, Regular, Enfield 1853 Rifle & Bayonet)

    Assigned 480 "points" of equipment over replacement. Has priority after Bird to purchase rifles from the captured weapon pool at standard pricing (2 points each). Consider reinforcing heavily to a 280+ man battalion and accepting the loss of experience.

    Bates' Company: (96 men, Regular, Terry Carbines and Calisher)

    Assigned 506 "points" of equipment over replacement. Consider sacrificing the experience to equip as large a unit as possible (given your businessman bonus to trade overseas).

    Tiger Rifles: (101 men, Veteran, 1841 Mississippi Rifles and Melee)

    Assigned 480 "points" of equipment over replacement. Consider sacrificing the experience to equip as large a unit as possible (given your soldier bonus, they will default to Regular as minimum experience which gives you a heavier unit to develop in future).

    Badger Militia: (120 men, Green, Whitworth Rifles and Melee)

    Assigned 480 "points" of equipment over replacement. Given no experience bonus to lose, please feel free to equip as large a formation as possible. Ignore the battle-hardened formations grumbling about rear-area support, your long range fire will be invaluable in the campaigns ahead.
    Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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    • Originally posted by Khryses View Post
      Lord Tremayne's Britannic Battery: (19 men, Veteran, 3 x 12lb Mountain Howitzer & Prairie Carriage)
      Recommend his excellent 12lb Mountain Howitzers be replaced by 12lb Field Howitzers for increased performance and equal mobility. Prepared to supply bronze from the captured 6lb guns to augment material from his own smelted pieces for a total of 4x 12lb Field Howitzers in his horse artillery battery. This would only be done with Tremayne's consent; raising his crews to 25 men would allow him to crew all four pieces without losing experience bonus..
      Thank you sir, that's an absolutely spiffing idea so by all means please go ahead and arrange delivery of my 4 new Field Howitzers .
      Yours, Tremayne

      When o’er ‘is strung an’ sufferin’ front the shrapnel sprays ‘is foes,
      An’ as their firin’ dies away the ‘usky whisper runs
      From lips that ‘aven’t drunk all day,
      “The Guns! Thank Gawd, the Guns!”
      (from 'Ubique' by Rudyard Kipling)
      Last edited by Poor Old Spike; 22 Oct 17, 05:28.

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      • Grenadier Guard: Intermediate Changes

        1. Recruit 20 above 9 replacement from the pool at Washington, focusing on big strong men with magnificent beards. (Unit strength 140, remains Veteran).

        2. Sell 120 Sharps Carbines, giving Rainbow elements first opportunity to purchase at 3 pts each. Remainder sold to other Confederate elements at same pricing. (480 + 360 = 840 pts).

        3. Purchase Dreyse Rifles (bayoneted) (140 x 6 = 840pts). We've asked our friend Bates to act as an agent to purchase this overseas (his businessman bonus means he can shop overseas), and this would also serve to reduce the cost by 25%, to 630pts).

        4. The remaining 210pts go to new uniforms for our recruits and replacements, and to restocking the pile of grenades at my home. Standard issue remains 2 per man.
        Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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        • Saddle Blazers Changes

          While the Colonel is called away, his Lieutenant takes care of business. Accepting a loss in experience for numbers, the Lieutenant takes advantage of the following:

          50 Recruits

          50 Sharps Carbines from Fawcett (150)

          Sale of all 70 Colt 1860 and replacement with Tranter Revolvers + Purchase of 50 additional (200)

          Purchase of 50 additional sabers (50)

          Total: 400

          The Lieutenant returns the other 80 to the Brigade pool as being surplus to Troop requirements.
          Last edited by TacCovert4; 22 Oct 17, 09:51.
          Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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          • Current Edits

            Tremayne's Brittanic Battery

            Sennef's Saddle Blazers

            NC Grenadier Guards

            Have all been edited. 80 points have been left unspent from these three units, and can be reallocated by the Lt. Col.
            Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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            • Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
              Tremayne's Brittanic Battery

              Sennef's Saddle Blazers

              NC Grenadier Guards

              Have all been edited. 80 points have been left unspent from these three units, and can be reallocated by the Lt. Col.
              I believe Gardner wanted to equip his battery with melee weapons in case things go badly wrong. Happy for him to draw from these 80 points for this purpose and advise the remaining total.
              Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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              • So Noted.

                Also, the Tar Heel Troop has completed their requisitions, with no leftover cash.
                Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                • Cpt Bird ended the evening at the dinner talking about the indirect approach to win victories on the battlefield with General Jackson and fell pretty good about himself. His two officers left the dinner earlier. Cpt Bird was now walking to his company lines..."Strange! There seems to be more people around than I remember...Perhaps another brigade has arrived" thinks the Green Jackets leader, as he walks around many camp fires to get to his tent.

                  A lantern was lighten next to his tent, and three familiar figures where standing near it, obviously waiting for him.

                  In the light of the lantern, he could see 2Lt Frumm with a big smile on his face. Next to him, the First Sergeant looked like someone caught him with his hand in the cookie jar. Lt Walsh turning toward his company commander with a concerned look on his face.

                  Before Cpt Bird said anything, 2Lt Walsh cheerfully announced that the Green Jackets numbered 300 now.

                  "What?" says a surprised company commander, looking immediately at his First Sergeant, the big tall strong man looking like he was trying to make himself smaller to avoid his commander's wrath...

                  "What is going on, First Sergeant? I remember talking about getting 20 extra bodies. What is this 300?" asks Cpt Bird to his most senior NCO.

                  Clearing his voice, the First Sergeant speaks "Well, Sir, like you asked I went to get 20 good bodies for reinforcement with 20 1853 Enflields. I had them all lined up and ready to come back here, when the Grenadier Guards First Sergeant asked if I could take a few more.Sure, I thought, 8 or 10 more should be good...Next thing I know, I have 200 new recruits with me...But, Sir, they are all armed with 1853 Enfield rifles and bayonet" ending the last part of the sentence with a smile on his face...

                  "I said twenty, First Sergeant...TWENTY...NOT an army of 200...That is one more zero than I need, First Sergeant" says loudly the company commander.

                  "Yes! Sir!" answers the senior NCO, now standing straight and erect in front of his boss. "I'm told that the other companies are doing the same thing, so I figured that we could do the same," he continues.

                  Cpt Bird keeps quiet. Thinking.

                  Lt Walsh figuring this may be the best time to mention his concerns: "Sir, with that number, we will need more officers..."

                  Cpt Bird raises his hand to stop his second-in-command from talking, while he is thinking.

                  "OK" he says after a moment.

                  "Lt Frumm" looking at the young officer, he directs "once you wipe the smile of your face because of your new promotion, go find the company. They need to elect four new officers by tomorrow morning. I want to see all four new 2Lt at breakfast tomorrow morning. "

                  "Lt Walsh. Pat, we need a training plan. Unless brigade has other plans, we are starting training after breakfast tomorrow...Getting so many recruits at the same time, we need to have them thinking of moving and shooting like soldiers, not a rag-tag gang of armed amateurs that are going to flinch the first time they see the enemy.

                  "Also, when forming the company in three ranks, have 30 veterans on the right wing, another 30 on the left wing, and mix the rest in the center with the new recruits."

                  Looking at his Senior NCO, he smiles "First Sergeant, we now have a massive company to deal with. Let's get four new sergeants to help keep order in this organisation...The two you have mentioned to me before, and two others at your discretion...

                  "...AND" looking at the First Sergeant straight in the eyes through the lantern glow "we also need a another wagon to carry ammo and supply for this large company. We have extra credits, so use them to buy a wagon and do NOT come see me before we have one" the smile now gone from his face. "Make sure it is full of ammo and supplies, before it gets here." he adds, before turning and walking into his tent for a night's sleep. "303 soldiers now...I could have used that number during the battle," thinks Bird before falling asleep.
                  Last edited by Capt AFB; 22 Oct 17, 14:47.

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                  • Captain Pruitt surveys the new men in his command. "Gentlemen you are now members of the best Cavalry Command in North Carolina. You are the best armed and magnificently garbed. I am going to work you to exhaustion until you are the best trained Cavalry in this Brigade. I only ask that you follow my commands. Most of you have connections to my Plantation. Consider you and your families part of the Pruitt Family. We take care of our own and no one's family will go hungry as long as the Plantation has food.

                    We need a couple of new Lieutenants for the expanded roster and we will divide the old men with the new men to form Platoons. These are for maneuvering, because we fight as one group. See the Sergeants to see which Platoon you are in and hold elections for your Lieutenants. Be aware that once we are accepted into the Confederate Army, elections will be a thing of the past.

                    Elect the men you think will lead you the best. Then return to your tents and have a snort or two to celebrate. Get it out of your system, because I frown on drinking in the campaign and your Sergeants will pour out any liquor found when we march. Find out which men in your Platoon can cook the best. I pay an extra dollar a month for permanent cooks or you will have to rotate the duty. The wagon master is an ex Slave from my Plantation and you will treat him civil. You don't want him urinating on your hardtack! My nephew is the new Adjutant because he attended VMI and needs a job.

                    Any questions? Smith, I lied about asking for questions so put your hand down..."

                    Captain Pruitt, Tarheel Legion Cavalry
                    Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

                    Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

                    by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"

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                    • Finch's Company: (130 men, Regular, Enfield 1853 Rifle & Bayonet)

                      Assigned 480 "points" of equipment over replacement. Has priority after Bird to purchase rifles from the captured weapon pool at standard pricing (2 points each). Consider reinforcing heavily to a 280+ man battalion and accepting the loss of experience.
                      Make it so.

                      Haven't read the entire thread yet, but generally split the 480 pts. between extra men and rifles to arm them.

                      Oh - and issue them with new boots
                      Lambert of Montaigu - Crusader.

                      Bolgios - Mercenary Game.

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                      • Originally posted by Khryses View Post
                        Dee’s “Dutch” Hussars: (54 men, Regular, Kammerlader, pistol and sabre)

                        Assigned 480 "points" of equipment over replacement. Recommend regulating your expansion to retain experience bonus.
                        I agree entirely. A few replacements if possible, as limited by experience, with the rest to be used for either revolvers (or saved to secure half-decent revolvers later).

                        At this point our rifles and experience are solid-enough equipment for the Hussars.

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                        • I will say that 1000 recruits evaporates quickly when you're trying to build battalions out of companies. But by the same token, the battalions are what holds things down so the specialists can work in their niche......Working with K on how to best distribute the final bits of the recruitment pool.
                          Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                          • OOC - RL is going to keep me busy the next few days. My posting will be on slow mode for a little while

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                            • OOC:

                              What's the best breechloader for long range gunfire? A breechloader with long range will almost surely be more effective than muzzle loading Whitworth rifles.

                              I'm not sure what to do with my equipment points. I'm thinking of beefing up the formation to 140 or 150 men, again equipped with Whitworth rifles with global scope and I would like to replace the cavalry swords with revolvers. I'm keeping the unit light and focused mainly on long range support and skirmishing tactics. I don't want the unit to be too big and unwieldy to get around on the field. It's not intended for front line roles.
                              Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

                              "Aim small, miss small."

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                              • New Order of Battle, Winter 1861

                                As new recruits are divided up amongst the companies, some of them swelling into cavalry squadrons or infantry battalions, Lt. Col. Fawcett faces many challenging decisions. Each captain has a thought on how his unit could best be augmented for the benefit of Rainbow, but ultimately it is the needs of the Brigade that have to come first....though with every consideration otherwise.

                                In the end, compromises are made when necessary, and additional augments are made when possible. Units like the Tiger Rifles see smaller increases to their numbers, but improvements in their weapons and firepower to make them into shock troops, while Bird sees a massive swelling of his ranks as his role in the main line requires such. Captured guns are divided out, or taken to foundries and re-smelted into better guns for the artillery. In late January, a fast sailing ship cruises up the Pamlico River to Washington, and disgorges its bounty, weapons imported from Europe. Some are merely more of the same, Whitworths, various revolvers, Kammerladers, Terry Carbines. Some are new and unusual, like smaller bore Swiss rifles and the quite interesting Dryse needle gun, purchased by Fawcett for his men. And with those highly prized and supposedly revolutionary weapons comes one more thing, Hauptmann Helmut von Luntz, of the Prussian Jaegers, here to 'observe', though his pickelhaube and accoutrements state otherwise.

                                Full OOB for moving forward to the next Episode....note the 10 additional supply wagons for the Brigade, you should be relatively well supplied on campaign....and note your own units, there were leftover funds, in fact more funds than manpower, so Fawcett made a few decisions about how to distribute....you might not have gotten as many men as you would have liked, but maybe instead they're a bit better or something to compensate:

                                Brigade stores Unattached to units
                                12 Wagons (24 men)

                                (G)Gardner’s Battery (Capt. Gardner)(TAG)
                                2 x 3.5in Blakely Rifles
                                4 x 10lb Parrott Rifles
                                1 Wagon
                                40 Men (grey-blue uniforms w/ red facings)
                                Smoothbore Musket/Bayonet

                                (V)Brittanic Battery (Capt. Lord Tremayne)(P O S)
                                4 x 12lb Field Howitzer (Flying Artillery)
                                25 Men (Mounted)(Black Uniforms w/Red Cuffs/Collars, Pith Helmet, Gold Braid)
                                Smoothbore Carbine

                                (G)Tar Heel Troop (Capt. Pruitt)(Pruitt)
                                130 Cavalry (Grey Jackets, Jeancloth trousers, assorted covers)
                                3 x 1860 Colt Army
                                Enfield Short Rifle

                                (G)Sennef’s Saddle Blazers (Colonel Sennef)(Sennef)
                                120 Cavalry (blue/grey uniforms, Crimson Cavalry Hats some with ostrich plumes)
                                Tranter Revolver
                                Saber
                                Sharps Carbine

                                (R)Dee’s “Dutch” Hussars (Capt. DODee)(Businessman Bonus)
                                75 Cavalry (Green Jackets, Black Trousers, Black boots and Shako)
                                Kammerlader Rifle
                                1850 Swedish Cavalry Pistol (Smoothbore shot-pistol)
                                Kerr Revolver
                                1842 Swedish Saber (Straight Falchion-like Heavy Cavalry Saber)

                                (V)NC Grenadier Guards (Lt. Col. Fawcett)(Khryses)
                                140 Infantry (Green Frocks w/black front panels, Green/Black Helmets, Butternut Trousers)
                                Dryse 1841/Bayonet
                                Bowie Knife
                                Grenades (10 per man)(2 per man carried in battle)

                                (G)Bird’s Green Jackets (Capt. Bird)(Capt AFB)(Businessman Bonus)
                                480 Infantry (Green Sack Coats and Trousers)
                                Jaegergewehr 1856/59 / Bayonet
                                Wagon of Supplies and Ammunition in personal stores

                                (G)Finch’s Company (Capt. Finch)(Snowy)
                                485 Infantry (Variety of Homespuns, good boots)
                                1853 Enfields/Bayonets
                                Shovel or Axe per man

                                (R)Bates’ Company (Capt. Bates)(Sen)(Businessman Bonus)
                                130 Infantry (Green Sack Coats, Butternut Trousers)
                                Calisher & Terry Carbines
                                Single-shot Pistol
                                Dirk

                                (V)Tiger Rifles (Capt. Leroy)(Fritgern)(Soldier Bonus)
                                130 Infantry (Blue/White Striped Pantaloons, Red Shirts/Blue-Red Jackets), Straw Hats & Fezzes)
                                1853 Enfield/Bayonet
                                Single-shot Pistol
                                Cutlasses

                                (G)Georgia Badgers Militia (Capt. Holden) (Businessman Bonus)
                                132 Infantry (Solid Green Sack Coat and Trousers, Brown leathers, brogans and Slouch Hat)
                                Whitworth Rifles w/Globe sights (1200yd range)
                                Kerr Revolvers
                                1796 Heavy Cavalry Sword (carried on baldric)
                                Last edited by TacCovert4; 23 Oct 17, 20:13.
                                Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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