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  • March 18th, 0820hrs

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    North to South:

    The Battle between the Tiger Rifles, local Militia, and the 10th Connecticut is brutal, more reminiscent of a boarding action than a land battle, with everyone hacking at one another with clubbed weapons and every kind of blade available. The NC Grenadier Guards make it onto the parapet of Fort Thompson, overlooking the swirling melee, but the lines are so intermixed that at first they have a hard time picking out targets for their rifles between the fogbank of powder smoke and the smoke from the Columbiad's burning embrasure. The ships in the river keep working over Fort Thompson's North Wall, continuing to weaken it, while the Southfield manages to get downriver out of sight.

    Ultimately, the fight in the trenches is decided by Leroy and his bloodied but experienced Louisianans, who finally push the Connecticut fishermen past the breaking point, throwing them out and sending them on their way. With a gap suddenly formed, and Gardner's Battery shifting guns and putting out the fire clearing the air, Colonel Fawcett can see the withdrawing Yankees. With the Prussian Captain beside him, he orders his men to fire at will, and 140 Dryse needle guns open up on the Federal troops in the open with relish. The 10th Connecticut's retreat becomes a scattered rout as men fall all around and the survivors just run over the soft ground to get away from the lash of lead coming from the fort. But it's not all cheers in the line, as Major Leroy is down, with a deep cut on one forearm and a bayonet through his leg, further evidence of the hard fighting. The Major is helped up by a couple of his men, binding his wounds with torn shirts.....he can hold a pistol or sword in the one hand, but has no strength in the other right now, and can only stagger on his feet.....

    Finally having got the fire put out, and the guns shifted, Gardner starts to work with case, having a go at the 4th Rhode Island, which is caught up in a snarl with the routing 10th CT. His rifles do good work, and a whiff of case, combined with the panicked men from their own side disordering the lines, seems to halt the Northern Advance a few hundred yards out. Of course, it's not without its own problems, as the US Navy has its own opinion of Gardner's battery, and practically demolishes the top of the North Wall of the fort, the corner where Gardner is working to get the Columbiad back into action is the only spot on that wall remaining at full height, the rest caving inward and lowering by several feet under the fire of heavy guns. About to send a runner to find the Brigadier, Gardner sees Colonel Fawcett only a few feet from him, standing on the parapet with his binocular telescope to his eyes and the Guards still taking a few pot shots as the Brigade's wagon train trundles up to the South wall of the fort.

    The Saddle Blazers had been riding around to join with the Tiger Rifles on the riverbank, but the intensity of the fire from the ships keeps them held at the Fort. Man nor horse will willingly dash across that terrain, beaten as it is with heavy shell.

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    With the 23rd MA still routing off the field, Major Holden observes through his spotting scope a mounted party, appearing to be a brigade command, riding towards them. But he doesn't have time to put his men onto that duty, as the 5th Rhode Island is looming large before him and coming directly at the works held by the Badgers, Brittanics, and Finches. Rotating fresh men into the front rank even as Holden's men start up their fire from the works around Tremayne's Gunners, Finch knows that they can and have to hold them again.

    As fighting should, it opens with the artillery, Tremayne's howitzers firing case into the Yankees at 300yds. Holden's men start firing as well, concentrating on officers and sergeants at this range, as they're able to see insignia or hats through the smoke of the guns. Finch starts firing slowly timed volleys, ensuring that one of his three ranks is always loading and another is always aiming and firing. As the range continues to close, it's almost a sick joke to the men behind the parapets, another blue line advancing directly into the teeth of their fire. The Yankees don't lack bravery, but at 200yds they get their first taste of canister, Tremayne's experienced gunners estimating the range almost to the inch, and holes appear in the 5th's front line as file closers rush to push men into the gaps left from the tear of metal. More metal shears through the ranks from Holden's riflemen, firing more slowly but deliberately killing officers, causing effects beyond mere casualty counts. Finch's steady volleys combine with this to be a wind that the Rhode Islanders have to lean into as they advance.

    Finally, they halt and fire their own volley at long range. These are not inexperienced troops, and they do manage to kill some of Finch's men even behind breastworks. And with that, they withdraw in good order at the double quick, getting out of the line of fire and making for hard targets for Holden's Badgers in the smoke as they leave.

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    In the South, it's only the Green Jackets along the main line as every unit to his North is also engaged in their own battles. Major Bird sends runners hither and yon, calling for General Branch to send additional men to the lines and telling his fellow officers to fill the gap between his own battalion and Finch. Of course he's also simultaneously fighting the 24th Mass, who have halted but haven't shown any sign of leaving, both sides firing into one another and casualties continuing to fall.

    However it's the 27th Mass who seems to notice that while there's a big strongpoint to the Left of the Green Jackets, there's not the first shot being fired from it. Forming into a column of companies behind the 24th, the 27th makes their move for the gap in the Confederate lines. Down farther South, Major Pruitt learns of the gap and his men take off on horseback to get to the strongpoint as well. It's a race....the 27th takes some fire from Major Bird on their approach, but they nearly make it before Pruitt's Tar Heels huff and puff their way up the strongpoint to the parapet, a few men left behind to picket the horses.

    Unloading two of three pistols at rock-throwing distances, the Tar Heels manage to force a stop to the 27ths advance, only to get mangled themselves by successive volleys as the rear companies come back on line and open up. The men falling around them remind the excited young troopers to get down and use the breastworks, and casualties fall off as they start to work with their carbines.

    The Green Jackets and 24th Mass continue their exchanges, the strength of Bird's position his best defense from the lead being flung, but even then still losing men. Finally the pressure slackens and the 24th withdraws. Stung by the Tar Heels, but likely more motivated by the 5th RI and 24th MA backing off, the 27th does as well, keeping the line together as they pull away.

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    South of the railroad embankment, it could almost be considered its own war. Bird cannot support Bates or Dee, and neither can support him, except to hold on to their position and not let the other be flanked. With Pruitt rapidly departing, it's up to these two to hold the right of the line. The 25th Massachusetts, having recovered from their earlier shock at the first entrenchment, pushes up steadily to the second, and last, line. Dee's men use their longer Kammerlader first, going after the color party yet again it seems, and managing to bring the colors down for a third time in an hour.

    Bates lets the Yankee troops close a bit before using his own carbines, and at that point the battle is on. The Yankees dash up to 100yds and fire a volley, doing cruel work among the defenders. The return fire from the breechloaders returns the damage with interest, and companies fall out of line and are replaced as the frontage of the 25th is barely wide enough for a small battalion.

    The successive Yankee volleys drop off in effectiveness, as does Dee's fire, between casualties and the short range emphasizing weight over accuracy. Bates' men, used to this sort of engagement from their first taste of battle last July, indiscriminately fire into the ranks as fast as they can load their carbines. Under the pressure, the 25th falls back as well.....leaving a continuous Federal Line across the field as both armies seem to be taking a breather between the first and second acts.....
    Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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    • OOC:

      I assume the ammo count is abstracted in the game, right? The way the battle is going, it looks like Confederate troops could be low on ammo, not much time to replenish the ammo.

      How do you figure the logistics angle anyway?

      End OOC:

      Player's Orders:

      Holden's Badgers is to target the brigade command if the opportunity arises.

      Otherwise, evacuate the wounded, refill the ammo supply, and target the next wave of attackers. As always, target their officers and sergeants.

      Last of all, send a runner to Colonel Facwett asking for further orders.

      End Player's Orders

      Holden hears the battle going on at the other end of line further south. He wonders if the battle is going well for troops down there, though he can't tell that much from the sounds. However, Holden observes Yankee units withdrawing the battlefield even as fresh regiments are about to enter battle.
      Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

      "Aim small, miss small."

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      • OOC Logistics:

        Logistics are a factor, however I'm not doing 'round counts' as that would be a major pain, plus it would make all of you bean counters instead of keeping in the proper spirit of Rainbow.

        Rainbow is on the positional defense, so I consider all troops, including artillery, as starting with a 150% basic load of ammo. (Historical basic load was 40 rounds per man for muskets or carbines)

        If Rainbow ever has a logistical issue and starts battle with less than 100% of basic load, you'll be notified in the setup

        Rainbow itself has a wagon train that it purchased along with more supplies with the leftover cash from 1st Manassas. This is under the command of Colonel Fawcett and he's sending it places to replenish ammunition.

        Major Bird also has a privately purchased wagon he's had since game start that he uses to boost the logistics for the Green Jackets.

        In short, at the moment Rainbow is not in any logistical danger. You'll be notified in the IC post if your company/battalion is starting to run low on ammo, and then again when your ammo supply gets critically low, and finally when you're left with cold steel as your only option.
        Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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        • Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
          The Battle between the Tiger Rifles, local Militia, and the 10th Connecticut is brutal, more reminiscent of a boarding action than a land battle, with everyone hacking at one another with clubbed weapons and every kind of blade available...
          Ultimately, the fight in the trenches is decided by Leroy and his bloodied but experienced Louisianans, who finally push the Connecticut fishermen past the breaking point, throwing them out and sending them on their way.


          Last edited by Poor Old Spike; 18 Nov 17, 12:51.

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          • Very nice Spike. Unfortunately, computer programs don't show such gloriously ridiculous costumes as the blue/white stripes and red of the Tiger Rifles.....
            Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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            • The Zouave custom gear might be wearing out by now. The real Louisiana Tigers had to replace their garb with Confederate Gray.

              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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              • Traditionally, NC troops were some of the better equipped in the uniform department due to being a port of call for blockade runners. Ironically, Burnside's NC campaign was keyed to stopping this. I'll let you think about the potential effects to Rainbow's logistical situation that could come from the various results to this battle....

                Anywho, Orders Due Tuesday, 2300EST. I'll try to work on an update late Tuesday Night, but I'm picking up a trainee (my 5th this year), so it's likely that I'll be updating on Wednesday.

                Also, keep in mind that you should put out orders that take into account a 1 hour turn time.....I go to 20 minute updates when the action is hot, but 1 hour updates are technically 'standard'.....it's just that Rainbow has a knack for winding up in hot action constantly....
                Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                • There is some Total War mods with the Tigers in them.

                  Napoleon Total War mod "North & South - The American Civil War"


                  Empire Total War mod "American Civil War: Brothers vs. Brothers"


                  Medieval 2 Total war mod "Secession : Civil War"
                  http://www.hostingpics.net/viewer.ph...avescsabmp.png

                  Then I just found this game that's still in development called "War of Rights". It looks pretty bad ass!
                  The Europa Barbarorum II team [M2TW] needs YOUR HELP NOW HERE!

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                  • Orders (in brief):

                    -Holden to join Tremayne in the fortified works south of Fort Thompson.
                    -NCGG to relieve the Tigers in the forward trenches, keeping low to obscure the changing of the Guard.
                    -Tigers to retire to the Fort, rest and recover and hold themselves ready to protect the West wall against a stray Federal landing party.
                    -Sennef to return to reserve in Finch's rear.
                    -Dee to join Pruitt in his fortified position; we will not make the Tarheels vacate the fortification they bled to save.
                    -Bates to occupy the fortified position directly ahead of him, currently held by Dee.

                    Ammunition wagons to move along the rear of the line, replacing everyone's ammunition supply. Anticipating a high ROF from the Guard, ensure that surplus ammunition for their rifles is stacked inside the Fort.
                    Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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                    • Originally posted by Khryses View Post
                      Orders (in brief):

                      -Holden to join Tremayne in the fortified works south of Fort Thompson.
                      -NCGG to relieve the Tigers in the forward trenches, keeping low to obscure the changing of the Guard.
                      -Tigers to retire to the Fort, rest and recover and hold themselves ready to protect the West wall against a stray Federal landing party.
                      -Sennef to return to reserve in Finch's rear.
                      -Dee to join Pruitt in his fortified position; we will not make the Tarheels vacate the fortification they bled to save.
                      -Bates to occupy the fortified position directly ahead of him, currently held by Dee.

                      Ammunition wagons to move along the rear of the line, replacing everyone's ammunition supply. Anticipating a high ROF from the Guard, ensure that surplus ammunition for their rifles is stacked inside the Fort.
                      And Bird troops to play cards, drink moonshine and sleep in until the commotion goes away...Kidding, of course

                      Bird troops will hold the line... Rainbow has no depth, hopefully Branch will show up on time to close any breach in the lines.

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                      • OOC: Well, this is interesting. POS got banned...We may have lost an artillery battery!

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                        • Originally posted by Capt AFB View Post
                          OOC: Well, this is interesting. POS got banned...We may have lost an artillery battery!
                          What do you mean by banned? You mean as in banned from posting in ACG forums?

                          I'm now confused.

                          If POS is indeed banned from posting or PMing in the forums, then who will take over his role?

                          We're going to need his artillery.

                          Holden can't be expected to hold the fortified works without artillery support.
                          Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

                          "Aim small, miss small."

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                          • POS was banned for one day. We can handle that.

                            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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                            • OOC: Typically a ban is a relatively short lived thing, so unless he did something particularly egregious, he'll be back in short order. In that meanwhile I'll have Major Lord Tremayne's Brittanic Battery continue their previous orders for now. If things look to be a perma-ban or something along those lines, I'll have to make a decision. But for the next update, and the next couple of updates if it goes that long, don't worry about it.

                              Edit: Looks like he got into a bit of a tiff with someone on staff. Obviously posts were deleted so I can't see it, but I agree with Pruitt....looks to be a one day ban, maybe a week on the outside unless he's got some ridiculous history of insanity which I don't know about.
                              Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                              • Originally posted by Capt AFB View Post
                                And Bird troops to play cards, drink moonshine and sleep in until the commotion goes away...Kidding, of course

                                Bird troops will hold the line... Rainbow has no depth, hopefully Branch will show up on time to close any breach in the lines.
                                Bird is doing perfectly well of his own accord and can be trusted to use his own initiative.

                                If it ain't broke, Fawcett has his hands full enough that he won't waste time fixing it.
                                Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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