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  • #31
    The Grenadier Guards will take the van on the road march, with CS managing the cavalry screen ahead and on either flank of the column. Fawcett understands and completely supports Sennef's desire to give his horse some training in the field, and will trust the cavalryman to organize this and to hand off with Pruitt's command to ensure both formations are in decent shape when they reach the railhead.

    Cpt Fawcett will ensure the route of march is circulated to all officers in the regiment-legion to minimize confusion en route. He intends to complete the 80 mile march in 4 days, a brisk pace that will not run the guns and wagons to ruin and give time at the end of each day to make a well ordered camp. Discipline is the thing - discipline and spirit, and Harry is very pleased to see his men marching toward the sound of the guns in well-ordered ranks. There will be (some) time to rest once they're aboard train.

    Militia!
    Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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    • #32
      July 4th, 1861

      Arriving at Weldon, the terminus of the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad, and the start of the track to Richmond, you're greeted with......Nothing.

      No train. And the station master has no idea what you're talking about. The next train is due in two days from Wilmington, but it's going to be boxcars and flat cars full of supplies from the port, not cars suited to moving a unit the size of the Regiment/Brigade/Legion. Despite this, the men are in high spirits and act as if the march is more of a lark. The locals are more than willing to furnish food at a discount, and your men replenish their rations, thinking that it won't be long before the war is over.

      Do you:

      1) Continue Marching North along the rail line towards Richmond?

      2) Wait and see if a train capable of carrying your Regiment will come to the station.

      And no, you've already asked the station master, he cannot let you commandeer the expected train, those supplies are for Richmond for the factories there, and are considered war emergency goods.

      Also.....in the voting for Colonel, currently:

      1 Vote for Sennef

      1 Vote for Khryses

      1 Vote for both to operate jointly, likely with Sennef running the cavalry and Khryses the infantry.

      Might be useful if the command is worked out before arriving at the front....if only to present a unified leadership to Beauregard.
      Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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      • #33
        Can we not mount the regiment on the box cars with the supplies and hitch a lift to Richmond at least?

        We'd only need to clear a few cars for horses, wagons and artillery, for the rest our brave boys can sit on boxes and crates if they need to.

        If not, we will simply use the electric telegraph (connecting Weldon and Richmond since 1847 and reaching down to Raleigh by 1848) to report our arrival to the Governor and the War Department.

        "Beg to confirm arrival of the 1st North Carolina Guard at Weldon on this day, July 4th 1861. There being no train present, we will continue to Petersburg to secure transport to the Army. We expect to arrive on July 8th.

        Yr humble servant,

        H. Fawcett esq."


        It's only 4 days at 20 miles per day. Let's move out!

        Fawcett is generally against the idea of "equal command", and would prefer to subordinate himself to Sennef if it comes to that. He proposes that the office not named Colonel be named Lieutenant Colonel and operate as second in charge in the case of the commanding officers indisposition. He also proposes that the second should command their respective arm in the field; so that, if Fawcett becomes Colonel he would issue orders "for the cavalry" to Sennef and he can determine the best means of achieving them. Equally Sennef could issue orders "for the infantry" to Fawcett if their roles were reversed.

        Although he would still prefer to command himself, he urges the other officers to vote for someone.
        Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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        • #34
          I vote for Captain Pruitt to command the Cavalry Battalion, but will serve under Colonel Sennef anytime and anywhere. We qualify as a Battalion/Legion as we are mixed arms. This would translate into a Lieutenant Colonel, several Majors and Captains commanding the Companies. I would suggest a Legion Commander (Lt Col), a Cavalry Commander (Major) and an Infantry Commander (Major). The Governor will appoint/confirm the Field Officers.

          I would suggest we march for our destination and accept a ride if our train catches up to us. A four day march of twenty miles a day should be a good training exercise. Captain Khryses mentioned his men were skirmishers and they should need practice breaking from route march and deploying. I also suggest they head the Infantry in the March. At the end of the day's march I will offer to buy beef cattle from nearby farms if we don't get donations. I suggest men start practicing good water rationing along the march.

          We can just follow the Rail Line. True, we have to go around rail bridges and ravines, but this is something we have to learn to do anyway. Anyone else have a suggestion or two?

          Captain Pruitt, Tarheel Legion
          Last edited by Pruitt; 25 Sep 17, 01:19.
          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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          • #35
            Let's give the men a two day rest at Weldon, till that scheduled train appears and/or action is undertaken on that telegram that we sent.

            If after two days no suitable train appears we continue the march following the RR and hone our skils further while en route, following Khryses' & Pruitt's schedule.

            The command issue can indeed be solved by following Khryses' & Pruitt's
            suggestions. We just need some more votes.

            Good thinking, men
            BoRG

            You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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            • #36
              I doubt that either the cavalry or artillery can be moved easily by boxcar on a train. The horses would be about 8 per car, or about 40 men. I doubt it would be easy to load the artillery, limbers, caissons, or wagons into these cars as well.
              We're going to need flatcars for that.

              The battery by my calculation would require one coach, possibly two for the officers and men, 5 boxcars for horses, 6 flatcars for the guns, limbers, and wagons, at least 2 boxcars for fodder and rations. With a caboose, that's about a full train for the period.

              In all, I would think that it will take several trains to move the unit, not just one.

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              • #37
                Okay we need some decisions made. The distance between Weldon North Carolina and Manassas Virginia is over 185 miles, depending on how often the path turns. My GrandPap always told me to watch after your Horses and Mules. If you work them over five days in a row you need to rest them for two days. I say we give the railroad train two days before we start any marches. If they catch up to us, fine. Loading animals, wagons and cannon in the middle of the woods somewhere will be strenuous and we should do it in a station.

                We can march there in maybe five days if weather cooperates. I have heard about the Louisiana Tigers going up the railroad a few days ago. Somewhere in Alabama they unhitched the car carrying the officers and they say they were drunk the whole way to Richmond. Our men are better behaved so I counsel some of the officers ride in the first car and some in the last car.

                I offer we load the battery on first and then a Troop of Cavalry and a Company of Infantry. We may have to load the rest on a second train. A second train will have an easier time with a Troop of Cavalry and two Companies of Infantry. If no trains come we will have to road march. What say you gentlemen?

                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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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Khryses View Post
                  (...)
                  Fawcett is generally against the idea of "equal command", and would prefer to subordinate himself to Sennef if it comes to that.
                  Considering this - I change my vote accordingly so that that the issue of command can be solved.

                  Since I'm last here, I'll place my company in the rear, 3 platoons on whatever road or trail we follow.

                  My skirmishers under my personal command in a loose line a 1000 yards behind, to pick up stragglers or guard against the unlikely event of an attack on our baggage train.
                  Last edited by Snowygerry; 25 Sep 17, 03:00.
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                  • #39
                    Stay at Weldon

                    Apart from the needed two days rest at Weldon
                    and the astute observations made by you fine gentlemen for more trains and the need for a platform to load
                    I can see another good reason to stay here:
                    Plans at the higher level may have changed.

                    If we stay at Weldon new orders will easily find us
                    Once we have set off new orders will find harder to find us
                    plus we may find ourselves to have marched in the wrong direction
                    BoRG

                    You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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                    • #40
                      Arriving in Weldon after four days, Cpt Bird and his Green Jackets set themselves up in the field awaiting further direction. Pickets are set up and foraging parties are gone to find food and water.

                      The astute thing to do seems to stay in place to await the train or for new orders. The fact that no train was awaiting the Legion on its arrival is a sign of the fluidity and uncertainties of the event at the front - Typical situation in war.

                      Now, for having to elect a Colonel for the Legion is going to be interesting. It seems that the favorites are a cavalry officer or a guard officer...Difficult choice, as Cpt Bird does not want to see his troops become foot cavalry under a cavalry commander or under Prussian-like discipline under a guard commander.

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                      • #41
                        With the votes that are in place, it appears that command will be the following:

                        Colonel Sennef, Commanding Officer

                        Captain Fawcett, Deputy Commander
                        Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
                          With the votes that are in place, it appears that command will be the following:

                          Colonel Sennef, Commanding Officer

                          Captain Fawcett, Deputy Commander
                          CS accepts
                          and moves to promote Captain H. Fawcett to the rank of Lt. Col, as befits the role and responsibiities of a Deputy Commander of such a unit
                          BoRG

                          You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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                          • #43
                            Right men,
                            for the next two days we're going to stay in place to await the train and/or the new orders and give the horses and ourselves rest.
                            BoRG

                            You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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                            • #44
                              6 July, 1861

                              After two days, the train arrives. It's only 8 cars, and only one flat car carrying the barrel of an imported Blakely Siege gun and some crates. The rest are box cars full of goods from Europe bound for Richmond to the War Department. The train stops only for coal, and the engineer as well as the station master are firm in not delaying to allow a militia unit to use it.

                              A wire also comes in from Raleigh, but none from Richmond:

                              "Make all due haste to join Genr'l Beauregard. War Office is calling for more troops to join him in anticipation of battle soon in the Manassas Junction area."

                              Manassas is around 180 miles............

                              Colonel, what is your decision?
                              Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                              • #45
                                So long as the weather remains good, I think we can make 30 miles a day without too much of a problem. That would put us in the vicinity of Manassas in a week. Possibly we march for three days then take a day to rest and make amends on our equipment, then proceed for three more.
                                For sundry and regular supplies, we should be able to procure these locally in towns along the way.

                                I suggest our colonel of the regiment wire Richmond, or Raleigh to procure us trains to move the unit that we might meet such in a town along our route of march.

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