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  • #46
    I'm not as confident that our men - high spirited as they are - can make a sustained pace of 30 miles a day. The day of rest is likely a good idea, but will need to be weighted against the pressure of time.

    The most rested regiment in the world will be of little use arriving at the field on the day after the battle.

    We've had two days rest already with no sign of a train being allocated our way; Fawcett strongly recommends we move out at once, either at 20 miles per day moving up-country (with a rest day north of Richmond) or by simply commandeering the train and be damned to it.

    These 'critical war supplies' are intended for the factories to be made into arms, ammunition and equipment to be borne by men such as ourselves as they go to fight. Why prioritize the soldiers of the future when the soldiers of today are moving to the front? We can use the Governor's message as an authorization of sorts.

    Recommendation given, Harry's actual orders will fall within the bounds of his commander's intent.
    Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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    • #47
      We can detail a Company to ride on the train "Piggyback" which will get some of us moving. I suggest we leave the Artillery Battery here as it has the heaviest equipment and move the rest of the Legion along the railway. We can make 30 to 35 miles a day if we lighten the load of what the men and horses are carrying. We need to be careful and let the NCO's choose what is necessary.

      I would suggest the Infantry carry a canteen, haversack, two cartridge pouches, Bayonet, three days rations, Blanket, Ground Sheet or poncho, extra pair of socks, and Rifle Caps. The Company wagons can carry extra ammo, rations and a couple of tents and any cookware. We can inquire about extra rations as we stop each day.

      The Cavalry should shake down to a Horse Pin, Horse equipment, extra blanket, Poncho, Rifle/Pistol Caps, ONE extra Horseshoe, Grain, Forage Bag, Canteen and an extra pair of socks. We can let them graze or replace Forage from nearby farms as we stop each evening. Mule Train will handle cook equipment and extra ammo.

      We can replace extra clothes later. We should spare the hardtack until we really run out of ready rations. Old timers can show men how to bake bread on their ramrods and use bayonets to roast meat and bacon. Beans will be fixed on company kettles. They should soak in water while we march.

      Captain Pruitt
      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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      • #48
        Road March

        Gentlemen,
        Tempting as it is to commandeer this train and ride into battle,
        its 7 boxcars and one flatcar will only be able to transport a part of our command.
        Consider: one box car can approximately transport 8 horses or 40 men, so you do the mathematics.
        We are not going to split our command by letting some ride while others march.

        Kindly prepare your units for road march following the RR as closely as possible and develop a plan that caters for most eventualities.
        BoRG

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

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        • #49
          Commander's intent

          "Gentlemen, my thinking is motivated by maintaining the integrity of our command.

          I do not consider the absence of rail transport, after two days and attention being drawn to it, as an unfortunate oversight but rather a signal how our proud unit and its independence is held at low esteem by the regulars of higher command.

          Our unit is urgently needed at the front, sure, but no means were made available to get us there.

          From the beginning we have been taking care of ourselves and that is what we'll continue to do, as a unit.
          Rather than arriving piecemeal at the battlefield, we will arrive there, as a unit.
          They may have caused us to be late for the first battle, well, there will be more battles, which we will fight, as a unit.
          And so for now, we will march, as a unit!
          "
          BoRG

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

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          • #50
            July 19th, 1861

            After 12 marching days and one rest day just South of Richmond, the Brigade arrives at Manassas Junction. Things are a little chaotic in the area, with the Army of the Potomac and its supplies, plus the leading elements of the Army of the Shenandoah arriving that afternoon simultaneous with the Brigade. 15 miles per day was not excellent, but with very green troops it was not disastrously slow. Food supplies were plentiful, and some towns along the way provided bivouac sites and even firewood for the brave boys going to crush the Yankees.

            After arriving, a harried-looking quartermaster Major directs the Brigade to a bivouac site a mile north of the rail junction and a couple miles south of Army Headquarters. He was not anticipating your arrival, and the telegram from the Governor of NC gets little more than a nod as messengers come and go with word of the 1st Virginia and other larger brigades arriving and needing rations and bivouac sites themselves. Before Colonel Sennef leaves his little office by the rail station, the Major does advise him..."Give the men a day or two of rest. The General has a staff meeting planned at his quarters on the morning of the 21st, 0900 sharp. I'm sure he will be able to find a division for your men to operate with." He writes up and signs a piece of paper "this will authorize you to draw 3 days rations for 600 men, along with 60 rounds per man from the stores and 20 rounds per gun to supplement what you have. I don't know what the general has planned but he's authorized rations in preparation for an offensive."
            Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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            • #51
              Right men,
              Let's use this rest period to come up with a name for our brigade I can present the general with.
              Thoughts?
              BoRG

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

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              • #52
                "I made an inspection tour of the camp this morning, I noticed some of the men of other units have taken to calling us the "Rainbow Brigade" in a somewhat condescending fashion - no doubt a reference to our uniforms of many colours."

                "I suggest we take that somewhat diminishing appellative and make it into an honorary title by our exploits on the field of battle,

                one that will resound through future centuries and will be worn proudly by our successor units in wars to come."
                Lambert of Montaigu - Crusader.

                Bolgios - Mercenary Game.

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                • #53
                  Cpt Bird calls his officers, First Sergeant and Quartermaster Sergeant.

                  "Well, I'm please to see that our quartering procedures and picket duties are being done quickly and effectively. We can now even get on the road and ready to go in less than 30 minutes. Quite an achievement after only 12 days for green troops. Your leadership and setting the example have much to do with it. Good work.

                  "OK, so we are here for a couple of days before we move wherever the leadership of this vast army figures we are needed.

                  "QM Sergeant get a couple of bodies and fetch the supplies that we are to receive. I understand that each man will get three days worth of rations and 60 rounds of ammunition. Go now, before everything disappears..."

                  After the QM sergeant leaves, Cpt Bird turns to the others:
                  "Two days in this location does not mean we lay around waiting. I don't know if the Commander or Deputy Commander have a training plan, but as at the other time we had a bit of extra time in the past few days, we train our troops.

                  "I expect formation marching drills, skirmishing drills, bayonet drills, and firing drills to be practiced during our time here. I'm not sure that we will be able to actually shoot our weapons, the noise may cause some commotions, but if not, we will simply dry fire.

                  "OK, I understand the troops are tired from the march. But in 30 minutes, I expect the Green Jackets to form up and practice one set of each drill before supper.

                  "Any questions? None...Hey, I know we are all tired, but the practice of the drills will keep us alive, so when you leave here I expect all of you to smile and look enthusiastic and get the troops motivated to train on things that may well save their life in the near future...Now carry on. See you in 30 minutes."

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                  • #54
                    My battery spends the time doing drills with the cannon. The men rotate as gun crews, limbering, unlimbering, going into and out of battery, and in loading drill. We hold a second live fire firing two bolts (shot) from each cannon which thrills the whole battery, improving morale.

                    The artificers and artisans with the battery go over all our equipment and harness carefully to make sure it is all in good order.

                    I find that there is only 20 shell available for the battery's guns, but as no one else wants these we are given the lot. I also order 6 canister rounds made locally at a blacksmith's shop.

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                    • #55
                      "Rest days" for the Grenadiers involves half days of fire and maneuver drill, rising with the sun to make an early start and criss-crossing the open and wooded ground to the north and west of our bivouac. The men are encouraged to learn to fire from cover (if not concealment), and each training half-day finishes with an assault on a notional enemy position. Our Grenadier doctrine has us advancing from cover to cover until we (ideally) reach 300m from the target, load, run at speed to 150m to deliver a volley and then charge home. For training, the grenades we hurl will not be armed but the men are still to throw themselves to the ground/cover when they are thrown and follow up with a final charge once they would have gone off. Sergeants will supervise this process with regard to timing and precision, having seen the grenades go off before during the design process.

                      The men will then fall out for lunch and have the afternoon for rest and bivouac duties (alcohol is not forbidden, but drunkenness is).

                      I ensure the full allotment of rations and ammunition for my men are delivered, and turn out for the drills as well.

                      We're content with Rainbow Brigade as a name for the whole formation, although we're sticking with the Grenadier Guards for our own company.
                      Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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                      • #56
                        After taking two days off to rest the Horses and Mules, we start doing Cavalry Drills and mounted target practice. We also plan to start doing recons up to the Potomac River. We need to know the roads around here. Captain Pruitt sends an officer to the County seat to make copies of any maps of the county. We send a message to General Beauregard's staff asking if there are any maps of the surrounding counties.

                        Captain Pruitt, Tarheel Legion Cavalry

                        ps, we have a Cavalry Colonel and an Infantry Lt Colonel, who are the Majors?
                        Last edited by Pruitt; 26 Sep 17, 19:08.
                        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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                        • #57
                          Rainbow Brigade

                          Originally posted by Snowygerry View Post
                          "I made an inspection tour of the camp this morning, I noticed some of the men of other units have taken to calling us the "Rainbow Brigade" in a somewhat condescending fashion - no doubt a reference to our uniforms of many colours."

                          "I suggest we take that somewhat diminishing appellative and make it into an honorary title by our exploits on the field of battle,

                          one that will resound through future centuries and will be worn proudly by our successor units in wars to come."
                          Originally posted by Khryses View Post
                          We're content with Rainbow Brigade as a name for the whole formation, although we're sticking with the Grenadier Guards for our own company.
                          'Rainbow Brigade'... I like it. I'll use this name to present us to the general.
                          BoRG

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

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                          • #58
                            Cpt Bird was not happy. Not happy at all.

                            As a former "Lieutenant Loiselle" of the French Army, veteran of the battlefields in North Africa and Crimea, he left the military on good terms and immigrated across the Atlantic for new opportunities. He has done quite well as a businessman, in a short period of time.

                            The reason of his displeasure was around him.

                            Not his Green Jackets. Between drills, "make and mend" and rest, his troops were doing fine for a bunch of wet-behind-the-ears militia soldiers. There seems to be a bit of grumbling, as they perceived they may be doing more training than the other companies in the Rainbow Legion, but that grumbling is now turning into pride. Since Ancient Greek times, the saying remains hard training, easy war. Capt Bird wants to ensure that all measures in his powers are taken to ready his militiamen for the harsh realities and chaos of the battlefield.

                            What irritates Cpt Bird is the lackadaisical attitude of the senior leadership in training the Legion as a team.

                            "There goes the grenadiers jumping around and firing, before charging a make believe enemy...I wonder how they will do when lead starts flying and getting troops off the ground to move forward for a close engagement with the enemy as a formed group? How does my company work with the grenadiers jumping all over the place, with no ranks to stand next to?" thinks Bird.

                            "And there goes the guns again! Good for morale. But how does my Green Jackets work with the battery to ensure we get fire support when needed? Or that we do not simply get us shot by our own canons?"

                            "And where is the other infantry company, I need to form ranks with in front of the enemy? How does our cavalry fit in our fighting plans?" thinks the French Army veteran.

                            "The men of my company are likely going to see the elephant in a matter of days. Without combined training, it may well be their last fight," the company commander sourly thinks.
                            Last edited by Capt AFB; 27 Sep 17, 12:58.

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                            • #59
                              July 21st, 0800

                              Col. Sennef and Lt. Col Fawcett arrive at Beauregard's headquarters at the McLean House. As they arrive they can already hear the booming of artillery batteries in the morning air. The scene is one of chaos, with dispatch riders going everywhere. With no one to greet them, the commanders make it all the way to General Beauregard. They get there in time to hear a dispatch rider.

                              "General, with Colonel Jackson's compliments, the First Virginia is on the field."

                              "Good, tell Colonel Jackson to deploy to Henry House and shore up the line as he sees it."

                              The rider goes away. After that the General looks quizzically at the two officers in their eclectic uniforms.

                              "And who might you be, gentlemen?"
                              Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                              • #60
                                I also have been going over the principles of gunnery with my two Lieutenants and the gun captains. They've been shown how to use the rangefinder,



                                Use the gunner's quadrant and level, fuze measure, breech and pendulum-hausse sights to accurately place the guns on target. I also go over the basics of trigonometry with the Lieutenants along with tables on windage, and expected scatter of our shot.

                                "Gentlemen, we cannot afford to waste our shot on a grass field. We must make each one count..."

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