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  • (Off I go on the road and come back here to find out I missed out on the action.)


    Cpt Bird look at the commotion coming from the other side of the river..."Well, here they come" he yells to nobody in particular. No need, every company commander leave the Colonel and run to take over their troops.

    Pruitt and Fawcett troops are already engaging the enemy. Gardner's guns fire. Leroy's troops are moving swiftly, as veterans troops do, moving left of the Grenadiers.

    The fire they are pouring into the Yanks stops them at the ford.

    As Bird joins his troops, Lt Walsh has the company move from column to line formation...Bird likes what he sees...very mechanical, like in training...They are nervous. They are green troops going to their fight battle. But they are focusing on what they learn during the many hours of drill..."Good...Very good" thinks Bird .

    Leading his troops from the front...He is coming behind the Grenadiers. The Tigers are on his front left.

    As the Green Jackets approach the Grenadier, Bird starts moving his troops to set them to the right.

    A Lieutenant from the Grenadier comes running to Bird. The Grenadiers have been ordered to the Brigade reserve position. Are the Green Jackets there to relive them, young officer ask.

    "Of course" says Bird and move is troops to relieve the Grenadiers.

    In the back of his mind, he is trying to remember which one of his instructors at St-Cyr explained that no plan survives first contact with the enemy. He smiles, as his troops replace the grenadiers and ready to fire into the enemy... The strong smell of cordite and smoke fills the air.

    A courier from Colonel Sennef shows up with orders to move to Phase 2...Bird looks around. He sees another courier engaging Leroy. Bates and Finch troops are digging into their position...Well, when Leroy starts moving we will follow...In in the meanwhile, we will stay put to lets Bates and Finch as much time as possible to settle into their position.

    (OOC - I'm not sure when I can return to the game. Please manage the Green Jackets as best as possible during my RL- directed absence. Thanks.)

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    • OOC: Can we get a current map of the situation?

      Cpt. Leroy sends a runner asking the commander,
      "Are we to execute phase 2 and defend signal hill? I've been moved left of the Grenadiers, am I to hold this position?

      Regards"
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      • The map is updated apparently - I bookmarked it last Tuesday as an empty map and when I recall it now it has both our and the enemy units on it


        Phase 2:

        Finch and Bates take over the fight at ford. Once you cannot hold anymore fall back into trees S/W of your position
        Gardner: support Finch and Bates the defence of the ford with artillery fire.

        Orders :

        Finch company will form line, wheel left around the building there, and line up to the right of Bird and Leroy.

        Skirmishers out at the double - so they arrive first and can detrmine field of fire and mark the position for the rest to form up on.

        As soon as we are in range of the enemy, halt and fire, skirmishers fire aimed shots at will, rest of the company fire by rank on my command.


        At all times I want one rank ready with loaded muskets to deliver a point blank volley and repel a charge with fixed bayonets.
        Last edited by Snowygerry; 02 Oct 17, 04:12.
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        • Map

          Sorry about that. ALL map links are to the same map, so any map link for this episode will always be updated.

          Looks like I have all orders in, but I'll give till the deadline of 2300 (about 18 hours away) before I do the update in case there are changes.
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          • Thanks.

            That's all from me for now, I may add a bit of role play later but I don't want to overcomplicate things from the start.

            It's their first time in action, let them concentrate on firing and marching
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            • Not a problem, works for me.
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              • Tentative Orders

                Based on everyone's orders given, here's what I'll be working with unless you note different after this post and before the deadline:

                Bates: Move up as close as possible to your designated position (will be somewhere between Fawcett's grove and the road) and dig in while engaging with skirmishers.

                Fawcett: Turn and engage the company on the road near Leroy while keeping an eye for another attack from the ford. Once relieved retrograde by way of signal hill to designated reserve position.

                Finch: Move up to the right of Leroy and engage in line of battle (with skirmishers screening movement).

                Leroy: Maintain strong skirmish line taking what cover/concealment is available.

                Bird: Move up to and exchange positions with Fawcett in line.

                Pruitt: Dig in in place

                Sennef: Maintain reserve position

                Gardner: One salvo shell at company facing Leroy, Followed by salvoes Case at ford and approaching column.



                **Quick note, Khryses has agreed to cover AFB while RL sorts itself out. As GM I'm counting no command penalties when RL rears its head so long as there's any sort of notice at all**
                Last edited by TacCovert4; 02 Oct 17, 04:47.
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                • Union Mills, 1140hrs

                  Union Mills Map

                  Gardner's Battery fires a pair of shells at the company trying to reorganize in the face of Leroy's Tigers, both shells detonating prematurely, but still showering the enemy with splinters while managing to avoid hitting the Louisianans. A quartet of the Tigers go down under a staccato of fire from those Yankees that can, but the return volley takes down another dozen, and as the other companies approach in line they break, running to the rear to join their comrades at the bridge.

                  Finch moves up at the double in line and forms up to the right of Leroy, Bates doing the same between Leroy and Fawcett. Bates immediately starts to dig in as best he can while other men lie at the prone, while Finch's Company forms in three ranks ready to repel any further attacks.

                  Pruitt and his men hold in place behind Leroy's men, and parties ride off to find boards and fencing to build breastworks with while the other men dig what they can with tools and other bits available.

                  Fawcett's Company is met by Bird's Green Jackets just as another volley of artillery fire roars of Signal Hill towards the ford. Much more effective, one shell explodes almost over the ford, the other a little to the side, but both manage to rake into the Yankees more.

                  As Fawcett displaces back to the rear, with Bird taking his place, the Lt. Col. meets Colonel Sennef beside Gardner's Battery. Looking out over the battlefield, they observe the approaching Yankees as Gardner keeps that ford under artillery fire.

                  The mass of men in the ford has become a general rout, with the 16th NY streaming away from the ford. Both officers can observe what they think to be the 18th NY in a heavy skirmish line on the other side of the ford, with another formation coming up behind. They also observe something else, a battery of four guns, 6 pounders by the looks of them, wheeling into position.
                  Last edited by TacCovert4; 02 Oct 17, 22:21.
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                  • Captain Pruitt is doing a low crawl behind the low pile of fence rails. "You men, that is enough fence rails! We are not building a trench. You remember when I had you practice laying down to reload? This is why!

                    I want the Horse Holders to move the mounts back to at least even with the cannon. I want several of you to check the pack mules for Enfield cartridges. Sergeant Major, place some sharpshooters in the building next to us. Target the officers! Take your time and shoot low! We want these Yankee SOB"s to give their lives for their country!"

                    Captain Pruitt, Tarheel Legion Cavalry
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                    Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

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                    • Seeing the Union battery maneuvering into position I take a range on them. "Battery," I shout to the gun captains, walking near them. "New target. Aim on that Yankee battery a thousand yards distant and use shot. Let's take those cannon apart before they can do useful harm to our men! Two degrees elevation should be about right. Shot!"

                      We will fire off our case on the mass of infantry approaching the ford first as this was already planned, then shot on the battery.
                      Last edited by T. A. Gardner; 03 Oct 17, 00:46.

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                      • Fawcett snaps off a crisp parade-ground salute then shares a much less formal smile with his Colonel. "Well it was a damn close run thing for a moment there but we made it! Now they're going to have to force a defended crossing if they want to c'mon over here." He glances to his men to confirm they are setting down their gear, caring for the wounded and getting some rest, then follows the road with his gaze until he sees the blue jacketed mob behind the ford. "There are certainly enough of them though. If we weren't here, they'd likely take the whole army in the flank and roll us up." Instead, hopefully, that was what Ewell's boys would be doing further up the line.

                        "I'll have the boys take some water and rustle up something to eat if you think we'll be here a while." That would give the others a makeshift camp to fall back on if they needed to pull out of the line to regroup - other than the safety of Sentry Hill, of course.

                        "What are your orders?"
                        Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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                        • Originally posted by Khryses View Post
                          Fawcett snaps off a crisp parade-ground salute then shares a much less formal smile with his Colonel. "Well it was a damn close run thing for a moment there but we made it! Now they're going to have to force a defended crossing if they want to c'mon over here." He glances to his men to confirm they are setting down their gear, caring for the wounded and getting some rest, then follows the road with his gaze until he sees the blue jacketed mob behind the ford. "There are certainly enough of them though. If we weren't here, they'd likely take the whole army in the flank and roll us up." Instead, hopefully, that was what Ewell's boys would be doing further up the line.

                          "I'll have the boys take some water and rustle up something to eat if you think we'll be here a while." That would give the others a makeshift camp to fall back on if they needed to pull out of the line to regroup - other than the safety of Sentry Hill, of course.

                          "What are your orders?"
                          Glad to see we were able to push them back behind the ford, close run indeed colonel Fawcett.
                          Now three things needs to be done:
                          1. Report to general Beauregard that Rainbow in contact with the 16th enemy division since 11:00 hrs., give him the NY details. We will hold our positions but not indefintely against an enemy with artillery. Request reinforcements.
                          2. To answer your question: We stick with phase # 2 (Hold at the Ford) and will stay here for a while. So: let's get organized:
                          A band aid station in the safety of Signal Hill; food for the troops; perhaps you Harry can devise a rotation scheme: two companies at the ford at all time, with a reserve.
                          And of course Gardner should continue with what he seems to be doing: counterbattery fire
                          3. Make sure our next Phase 3 (Counter Strike) is ready to be executed: take Pruitt's Tarheels out of the line and have them join my Blazing Saddlers in the trees SE of the ford.

                          Anything I haven't thought of?
                          BoRG

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

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                          • I will alert General Beauregard, Colonel.

                            Looking out at the field (checking the map) I see the companies are all forward now rather than only two. On the other hand there is a whole fresh regiment trying us at the crossing with multiple batteries behind, so I don't think Rainbow can afford half their companies back. Maybe the Pioneers could be pulled back to prepare some positions and a rest area for the wounded on the hill?

                            Concur that the Tarheels should pull back if they are going to commit with the Blazing Saddlers after the Federals carry the ford.

                            Do we have a plan to deal with the divisional artillery if it masses against us, or should we simply fall back out of their range from the far side of the river. I'm reluctant to yield the ford, but unless they're well dug in our brave lads won't do much good standing and dying under heavy rifles.

                            ---

                            11:40am, July 21 1861
                            S of Union Mills, Virginia

                            General Beauregard,

                            Rainbow Brigade has reached and secured the ford at Union Mills, but are under heavy attack by the Federal army. We have seen off the 16th New York, and the 18th is coming in. Further regiments and artillery in view to my north. Unclear at this time whether the whole of 5th Division or a lone Brigade is trying us.

                            We can hold against an enemy with not more than 2:1 superiority and without artillery superiority.

                            We will advise when we are hard-pressed and request reinforcement.

                            Yr humble servant,

                            Lt. Colonel Fawcett
                            1st North Carolina Grenadier Guard
                            Rainbow Brigade
                            Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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                            • Somewhat surprised by the quick withdrawal of the enemy before him, Captain Finch rides out in front to prevent his men from engaging in a hasty pursuit.

                              Adjusting the position of his skirmishers here and there, he orders his first rank to lie down and the second line to kneel six paces behind.

                              Third platoon is ordered another 20 paces back, to start constructing an improvised trench + earth wall - if terrain allows, behind some slight elevation or growth that would shield (or at least hide) them to some degree from direct fire from the river bank and across.


                              "Excellent show there gentlemen - check you guns and ammo and rest some, I doubt they'll give up that easy."
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                              • Bird will take position in in the woodland, pushing a dozen of his best marksmen forward prone to screen the copse approx. 40 yards towards the ford. The remainder will dig firing positions behind and around the trees at the north and east of the woods facing in a 60 degree arc toward the ford. Fallen branches are used to reinforce and top the positions which are only designed to take a crouching man.

                                One platoon holds back 60 yards deeper in the copse and begins felling trees for a fallback position, carefully removing only the trees at the south end of the copse.
                                Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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