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  • March 18th, 0940hrs

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    North to South

    Valley City, Underwriter, Henry Brinker, and the damaged Philadelphia keep pounding away at the North wall of Fort Thompson, not hitting any guns directly, but the damage is getting quite severe and gunners are having to shove broken bits out of the way to aim their pieces.

    Valley City appears to be starting to get underway again. OTOH, Philidelphia strikes the muddy bank near the fort, and all 500 tons of her seems to be stuck fast in only a couple of feet of water. By rotten luck, the ship was turning away and wound up closer to the fort than it was previously.

    Gardner's fire is a mixed bag, striking the Underwriter several times but not hitting anything critical, the Columbiad shifting fire to the newly arriving Henry Brinker and getting the range.

    Colonel Fawcett's Grenadiers stand up and watch over the lip of the trenches while down below Richter's militia are almost incredulous at their Captain's plan. But they've been successful this far, so they decide to go along with it. Rushing along the trench line, the Militia leaps out and dashes to the stranded gunboat. Coming in under the line of fire of her guns they avoid getting struck, and swarm up the side of the small ship, surprising the crew with their alacrity. The fighting is sharp, with militia firing their muskets and then having at it with clubbed musket and bayonet, against officers and sailors grabbing whatever items or weapons they have handy. The fighting is furious, with the numbers about even. After about ten minutes, a surprisingly long time for a boarding action, it's finally over.....but casualties are heavy and the militia are not interested in doing anything else but taking cover.

    With the artillery busy elsewhere, and the sudden fight for the gunboat, the Yankee infantry seem to be caught by surprise for a moment. But it soon subsides, and the battery behind their lines keeps working on the Confederate positions while the 4th Rhode Island makes a lurch towards the Philly to save it. Shells bursting around the Grenadier Guards and Tigers cause a couple of men to go down. And the rest to duck from their rather arrogant gazing. Using that, the 4th rushes to get there...they do really well and get to 200yds before the Guards take notice and open up. Firing rapidly enough to convince a man that there's a battalion on the walls, the guards put a number of rhode islanders down, and manage to make them retire from the now captured Philly in good order. The other regiments don't make a move, it seems they're waiting for something.

    In the center, under Holden's orders, the Brittanics load canister, and with no one charging them, proceed to fix a cup of tea. Neither Bird nor Dee nor Pruitt nor Finch has a useful shot, and they all take the time to resupply their ammo and take a break. Holden's men, however, have work to do, and while they take their time finding the range, they do eventually do solid work, and dismount a number of officers.

    Down South, Bates sends out a scouting party, who come back to say that they don't know how Dee managed to scout that swamp, the whole thing looks impenetrable and mucky to them.
    Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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    • "Will you look at that, .." Finch observes the boarding action at the riverside through a small field telescope.

      "Like the buccaneers of old, magnificent effort lads..."
      Lambert of Montaigu - Crusader.

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      • Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
        ...
        Colonel Fawcett's Grenadiers stand up and watch over the lip of the trenches while down below Richter's militia are almost incredulous at their Captain's plan. But they've been successful this far, so they decide to go along with it. Rushing along the trench line, the Militia leaps out and dashes to the stranded gunboat. Coming in under the line of fire of her guns they avoid getting struck, and swarm up the side of the small ship, surprising the crew with their alacrity. The fighting is sharp, with militia firing their muskets and then having at it with clubbed musket and bayonet, against officers and sailors grabbing whatever items or weapons they have handy. The fighting is furious, with the numbers about even. After about ten minutes, a surprisingly long time for a boarding action, it's finally over.....but casualties are heavy and the militia are not interested in doing anything else but taking cover....
        Fine, they can take cover in the ship.
        "Well done, Soldiers! Now, who wants to see about firing these big guns of ours?"

        But first of all, lets see about using the Yankee prisoners as stretcher-bearers. That gets both them and our wounded out of here... and no need to rush the job, the Federals won't be firing on us while all that is going on.
        I will have to detail a squad to see them off to the rear, and I don't suppose there will be a shortage of volunteers for that detail.

        There is no question of repairing this ship in any way while the battle is going on, just get some powder out of the hold to keep it dry and make sure the boiler isn't about to explode.

        I'll look up this ship now, by next orders turn I will know what guns are facing which way.

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        • Major Holden feels a quasi-lull is a sign of something big coming his way, so he'd like his men to remain on alert. The battle isn't over yet.

          Player's Orders:

          1. Holden is to continue his checks on his men up and down the line. Make sure men are resupplied as well.

          2. Artillery unit is to hold fire with canisters loaded until enemy reaches 200-300 meters.

          3. Badgers is to continue seeking out targets of opportunity and Holden's handpicked men to keep hitting any command party that comes in the range. The enemy officers remain a top priority.
          Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

          "Aim small, miss small."

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          • Bates receives the report from his Lieutenant, the swamp is too thick even for them traverse it. Still the troop movement from the Yanks is strange. Something is Awry.

            Knowing that being prepared is better than not being prepared. Bates Irregulars should be ready to face everything that the Yanks throw at them.
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            Rear Admiral Sander Van der Zee, Commander of Dutch Far East Theatre
            "There is never enough firepower!"

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              Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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              • OOC: What's the status of Maj Leroy? Has he been patched up enough to be useful on the line? If not, CPT Mouton will continue to be in charge.

                CPT Mouton cheers the brave work of the militia's actions over on that Union ship, hopefully it was not all for naught. Hopefully they aren't slaughtered over there, when they could be of use in cover underneath the fort. I do see an issue of the Yanks rushing past our right flank south of the fort. If they move past our line of breastworks they could roll down our flank. If that happens, I will reposition the Tigers to the south to fire on their right flank. Hopefully the militia on the left can hold and prevent the Yanks from going around our left flank.
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                • My battery is continuing to do what's it's been doing concentrating fire on the remaining gun boats with shot and shell.

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                  • Major Pruitt's men will finish reloading their pistols and gnaw on a hardtack or two while awaiting orders.

                    Major 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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                    • Fawcett encourages Leroy's Tigers to shift right into the old Militia positions immediately, before they come under fire.

                      The Grenadiers and Fawcett himself will keep down in their position, making use of the narrow signatures their breechloading weapons afford them. They don't even rise into their firing positions until the enemy come into range; the Federals may have poor guns, but no one says they don't have a lot of them to waste their fire.

                      Sennef's Saddleblazers move into the northern lee of the NW brick house, remaining mounted. They are authorized to pick targets of opportunity as they develop, but are not to attack the main Federal army.

                      Because this is Rainbow. We need to clarify that point sometimes.
                      Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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                      • Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
                        My battery is continuing to do what's it's been doing concentrating fire on the remaining gun boats with shot and shell.
                        I have what may seem like a bizarre suggestion...
                        Shell the Union troops instead.

                        When the gunboats follow the usual navy obsession and start attacking this wreck, maybe just let them?
                        I got their flagship and they will probably be uncoordinated now, the critical issue is now the land side of this battle.

                        (most of what they do will just damage the upper-works, which I don't plan to keep anyway)


                        It is early, but my guys not involved in evacuating the POWs and wounded will be
                        - seeing about the one cannon that can be used to shell the Union troops on land. A test-fire to get the hang of it and they a few more to find the range.
                        - a LT. and his men will go have a look for maps and other important papers in the bridge and staterooms. Get those to Fawcett
                        - the remainder take cover, re-load, and wait to defend the ship at very close range if need be.

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                        • I will shell the remaining gunboats. Their loss will be seen by the infantry as a major loss of supporting artillery fire needed to help them take our fortifications. Without them, the Union infantry is more likely to balk when it is ordered forward, especially after the 20 RI was repulsed in their charge.

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                          • March 18th, 1040hrs

                            North to South

                            Gardner's men continue to fire, and the Columbiad scores a hit on Underwriter, doing terrible work on her superstructure. Rifles score other hits on her as well as she turns away. In the distance, Gardner can see Henry Brinker backing water as it moves to make her own exit. But the Federals have one more answer, and Underwriter's return shot dismounts the Columbiad in an 8in shell explosion which kills or wounds the whole gun crew and temporarily deafens Gardner, walking between embrasures.

                            In the intervening time, while other crews send men to see to the wounded, and both sides get over the shock of their respective damages, both Underwriter and Henry Brinker make big steps to leave effective range. Valley City starts trying to get underway again, and manages to catch two shells from Parrots, which cause her to lose way again. Of course she returns fire, which yet further degrades the North wall of the fort.

                            ------

                            Captain Richter takes the time to work on evacuating prisoners, as well as hunting down orders or anything else on Philadelphia that might be useful to the Confederacy. His efforts pay off with an orders book containing some outlines for future operations, but nothing solid. Conversely his men's attempts to get the gun in service are not yet successful as several sergeants work to bring the gun into action.

                            ------

                            Leroy staggers back to his men as they take up positions to the south, effectively swapping with the Grenadiers and Militia. Fawcett keeps peering over the works as the federal battery occasionally sends shots which are caroming off the fort more than they are even exploding. The steady rain of high bursting shells does nothing more than hearten the grenadiers, though a couple of them are happy to have those helmets that some men call ridiculous, as they pick a fragment out of the leather. The Saddle Blazers displace and get into position as ordered to be the response force.

                            On down the line to Holden's badgers, who are still busily trying to take out those mounted parties behind the lines. A couple more horsemen go down, but at the long range it's difficult to ensure that they killed any senior officers.

                            Without their eclectic major, the Brittanics kick back and start working on lunch, their guns loaded with canister but nothing nearly close enough to shoot at.

                            Finch, Dee, Pruitt, and Bird all rest in place and some of the men even work on cleaning their rifles of fouling.

                            --------------

                            Alone in his strongpoint to the far South, Bates watches the lines with a nagging concern. He had noticed that the 99th New York Coast Guard regiment was no longer behind his line. Despite his scouting party's assurances, he keeps an eye out to the South, wondering where those Yankees had gotten off to.

                            Nearly an hour into his vigil, he's rewarded, if that's what you could call it. Major Bates spots movement in the trees, which resolves itself into a line of blue trudging out of the swamp.......

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                            Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                            • Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
                              Captain Richter takes the time to work on evacuating prisoners, as well as hunting down orders or anything else on Philadelphia that might be useful to the Confederacy. His efforts pay off with an orders book containing some outlines for future operations, but nothing solid.
                              Oh well...
                              Its sent along w/o my even looking at it, maybe the higher-ups can roll cigarets with it later on.

                              Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
                              Conversely his men's attempts to get the gun in service are not yet successful as several sergeants work to bring the gun into action.
                              ...
                              Okay, I have one last item in reserve; my own self.
                              Richter was a Sargent himself, in Mexico, and he will take charge of the situation.
                              "Let me see here... if there is one thing the Navy is good at, its making things easy on themselves. Yes, see here? The ropes and pulleys are for bringing the gun back into battery... you don't have to push the whole carriage into position like our army cannon!
                              That looks like an explosive shell to me, use that. Our target is that place where the Rhode Islanders and the Connecticut men overlap. From this angle, wow, have you ever seen such a juicy target? Aim high, there looks to be something even better behind them."

                              Done with orders.

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                              • You may have to cut the fuses...

                                Major 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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