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  • April 5th, 0940hrs

    North to South

    Captain Richter's battery opens up on the 23rd Mass, firing case at a slow rate due to the wood. The initial effects are pretty unremarkable, the pines making even finding a shot for the big guns problematic at best. Spurred on by the ineffective bombardment, the two Yankee regiments advance in line towards the railroad cut, even as Major Leroy brings his Tigers closer to the line.

    At about 150yds Rainbow can finally see the Yankee lines through the trees, and Majors Bates and Pruitt have their men open up from behind the low cover of the railroad itself. The Irregulars begin to see immediate success, veteran troops firing their breachloaders with rapid aimed shots. The cavalry's slower-firing carbines coupled with the relative inexperience of many of the troopers in the larger unit results in practically no casualties visible among the 25th Massachusetts.

    With the range rapidly dropping, Richter's Battery unleashes a volley of canister over the railroad and into the brush, coupled with fire from Richter's large contingent of musket-armed gunners and the companies of Bates and Pruitt. Major Leroy's veterans come onto line at the woods edge East of the big guns and open up a volley as well into the 23rd. Despite the short range, most of the firing seems to have little effect, as well as the return volley by the Federal regiments.

    The Federal troops don't seem inclined to rush out of their cover towards the railroad, and even though the range is deadly close, they exchange standing volleys with Rainbow, heavily targeting the gunners and cavalrymen. Richter's men do their best to fill the yawning gap between their guns and Bates men as the firing increases in earnest. Major Pruitt's cavalry, taking slightly effective fire from the 25th and seeing little effect from their carbines, follows orders and withdraws before the risk of close combat, moving to the fenced-in farmyard as their next point of cover. Bates' fire is more effective, holding the 25th at bay for now.

    Very effective canister fire at point blank range, coupled with steady volleys from the riflemen ravage the 23rd Massachusetts, though Richter loses a lot of gunners in the exchange as men fall trying to service the guns. The 23rd, unable to maintain discipline, falls back in disorder. While the exchanges in the wood have been roundly favorable to Rainbow, casualties from the short engagement are relatively high with over three score fallen, and many more such exchanges would likely reduce the Northern half of Rainbow to ineffectiveness.

    In the center, the 27th advances in concert with their right flank, obviously urged by the mounted party that is likely Brigade command. Gardner's battery continues to fire case, rending holes in the ranks as the close-packed guns are turned to fire at an increasingly enfilading angle. Dee's hussars also open up with their Kammerladeren, though their small number don't take down a lot of the enemy. Another volley from the great guns crashes into the 27th, the timing on the shells impeccable this time and spraying the front of the regiment with pellets. The 27th unloads its own volley at moderate range, with only a few Hussars falling. Despite the mauling they've taken, for now the 27th seems determined to lean into the assault, aiming for the point where Leroy's Tigers are busy fighting the 25th

    Switching to canister as the range closes rapidly, Gardner's gunners sweep along the length of the yankee regiment like a scythe, Dee's shots merely adding to the carnage. The 27th fires one volley into Leroy's flank, but the trees help obscure the Tigers. In the face of such fire, the 27th simply disintegrates, men fleeing to the rear in disorder.

    Finch's Battalion continues to roll forward in their unusual tactic, steadily giving themselves covering volleys as they advance. Seeing opportunity, Captain von Trapp pushes the Grenadiers into the street fight, swinging North to hit the 10th Connecticut in the flank and catch them in a vice between his company and the approaching battalion. The 10th, holed up mostly inside buildings, holds their ground, but their fire is mostly ineffective compared to the suppression and aimed shots coming in.

    Closing in, the Grenadiers fire their needle-rifles in rapid succession, and the 10th rises to the occasion, engaging in fire from windows and doorways. "Granaten!" is shouted, and a number of the Guards bravely dash into the street to hurl grenades into windows. Between the explosions and the rippling volleys from Finch, the 10th finally has had enough and the men that can make their retreat to the North, having taken and given casualties in the sharp firefight. Some of the Grenadiers notice blue coats sweeping down from the East and get into houses as the colors of the 9th New Jersey the "Jersey Muskrats" hove into view.

    To the South, Holden and Bird make good time advancing towards their objectives. Holden stops short of the town and his men start looking at what second floors are there, hunting for targets. The ground level is already quite obscured with the broiling battle of the Grenadiers and Finches. Bird advances towards the warehouse and it appears to be unoccupied.....


    MAP
    Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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    • Major Pruitt sends a message to the horse holders to creep forward a bit. He sends an orderly to the Colonel saying he can mount up and hit the end of the 25th MA when he is ordered to. It would behoove us to be ready when the hammers hit the anvil. Once the Yankees get hit hard in the town they will be looking to retreat. We should be able to close with our pistols.

      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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      • Can I get some detail on the 9NJ and deployment in the village in general ?

        Are they actually in line at the edge of the village, or do they take positions in houses and the streets ?

        10CT in similar situation was represented as a diamond shape, as are my Grenadiers which I assume to indicate "open formation in cover" ?

        Finch battalion itself seems reluctant to enter the village, but they do seem to take position along the road there ? Is it a sunken road ? Does it offer some advantage ?

        (...)
        High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.

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        • Originally posted by Snowygerry View Post
          Can I get some detail on the 9NJ and deployment in the village in general ?

          Are they actually in line at the edge of the village, or do they take positions in houses and the streets ?

          10CT in similar situation was represented as a diamond shape, as are my Grenadiers which I assume to indicate "open formation in cover" ?

          Finch battalion itself seems reluctant to enter the village, but they do seem to take position along the road there ? Is it a sunken road ? Does it offer some advantage ?

          (...)
          The road isn't sunken, it's just open terrain. Finch battalion isn't reluctant to enter, it's more a matter of your method of advancing is slower than just straight marching in close order.....of course you're firing while on the advance.

          The 99th is entering the town, all you see is groups of men in close order, nothing more. As far as strength, best you can figure is regimental.
          Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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          • Tnx, deadline some time next week ?
            High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.

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            • "Damn the Pruitt"

              As Bate saw Pruitts cavalry withdrawing from his left flank, he knew that he would have to break yet another regiment. Sensing this, he quickly saw his chance to do this by withdrawing to same line with Richters battery and hoping Pruitt to charge the 25th.

              "Maybe I should rename my company into Bates Regiment Breakers?" He wondered in his mind.
              From Devastation - Knights Twilight Warhammer 40,000 Quest
              Rear Admiral Sander Van der Zee, Commander of Dutch Far East Theatre
              "There is never enough firepower!"

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              • Looking like Tuesday or Wednesday.
                Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                • General Sennef is not dissatisfied at all by Rainbow's performance against 5 enemy regiments and acknowledges the role of its artillery in keeping the upper hand. His next orders are meant to keep it that way.

                  ORDERS:

                  1. Situation: See map attached!

                  Enemy to our north (2 regs: 23 and 25 MA) and east (3 regs). The morale of three of these (23 MA, 27 MA, 10 CT) seems to be low and dropping.
                  No more enemy reinforcements are expected.

                  Own troops: Rainbow brigade with cavalry, infantry and artillery units.

                  2. Mission: hold at Anvil and execute Hammer 1 and 2.

                  3. Execution:
                  Commanders Intent:
                  Hold at Anvil, keep 23 and 25 MA in the forest north of the RR.
                  Dynamics now shift to Hammer 1 and 2, rolling up enemy from the south

                  Orders:

                  ANVIL:
                  Pruitt's Tar Heels: Take a moment's breather, reform and then mount up and re-engage 25th, hitting its western flank and rear, preventing it to fully deploy against Bates.
                  Bates Irregulars: Hold 25MA at bay at the RR embankment inside the grove. Pruitt's cavalry will assist harassing 25th's western flank.

                  Captain Richter take a breather, reform having all guns manned and have the wounded transported out. Continue to keep 23MA discouraged to come out of the grove and cross the RR.
                  Major Leroy's Tigers to hold off 23MA.

                  Dee mount up , move out against 27MA prevent them from reforming, help them off the battlefield. One section to be dispatched to capture the enemy general At least disrupt him managing the battle
                  Gardner's Battery, parting shots into 27MA, then relay fire from 27 MA to fleeing 10CT and northern flank of 9 NJ
                  Sennef's Saddle Blazers at horses in reserve role.

                  HAMMER 1:
                  Finch's Battalion: proceed into CC till enemy contact with 9NJ but do not press. Let Hammer 2 do the magic.
                  Khryses:keep at the south of Finch's line and likewise proceed into CC till enemy contact with 9NJ. Asssist Holden Badgers with your grenades breaking in and turning the "Jersey Muskrats" flanks.

                  HAMMER 2:
                  Holden's Badgers Move into CC against southern flank of 9NJ. GG will assist with grenades rolling up 9NJ flank
                  Bird's Green Jackets Pass the warehouse and proceed to attack rear of 9NJ.

                  4. Logistics For ANVIL units that hold, this is a good moment to replenish your stocks. Supply wagons and Aid station at western exit of the grove.

                  5. C&C: General Sennef South of G Btty.[/QUOTE]
                  Attached Files
                  Last edited by Colonel Sennef; 24 Feb 18, 01:36.
                  BoRG

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

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                  • Officer Call at the Legion: "Boys, I want you to recharge your Carbines and check your horses. Then we will mount up. We will move off to the left about 100 yards and turn right and charge the trees at the trot. Once your men shoot the carbines, drop them on their slings and pull your pistols. Tell the men to try and keep one pistol in reserve. Any questions? Put your hand down cousin Roscoe. Just do what the other guys are doing!"

                    Five minutes later the men are mounted and Major Pruitt gives orders. "Column Left at the trot. Walk and now Trot." One hundred yards later, "Column Right! Bugler, sound Arrowhead Formation! At the Walk, now the Trot! May these people really appreciate what they are about to receive. Men, there is cheese in them haversacks!"

                    Into the trees ride the Legion...

                    Major Pruitt Tarheel Legion Cavalry
                    Last edited by Pruitt; 24 Feb 18, 08:38.
                    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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                    • Major Holden and the Badgers stopped not far from the town. All he could see through his scope was the smoke billowing from the muzzle flashes, Grenadiers and Finch's Battalion engaging with Yankee troops in close quarters just barely inside the city limits. He tried to look over to the north, but the smoke obscured the view, so he was uncertain as to the fate of his comrades in arm. Nonetheless, he was determined to press on and roll up the southern flank of Yankee troops presumed to be inside the city limits. Major Holden calls out his second in command and issues the following orders:

                      Major Holden's Orders:

                      1.) Have the Badgers continue to scan the field for opportune targets and Major Holden will scope out the large warehouse, observing Green Jackets advancing on and securing the warehouse.

                      2.) Major Holden will send a runner to Green Jackets to confirm that the warehouse is fully secured and that they are ready to move on to attack the southern flank of Yankee troops to the north.

                      3.) Once the Badgers receive the confirmation, then they are to advance to the warehouse at double pace. They will secure the building and see if there is a second floor with windows looking out into the city streets. The Badgers will station all its men at windows and begin to engage the Yankees.
                      Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

                      "Aim small, miss small."

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                      • I put a final salvo of case into the 27th to encourage them on their way then turn my guns on the 10th CT with shot and shell.

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                        • OOC: When the GJ get to the warehouse, Maj Bird's next decision will be based on what he finds inside

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                          • Finch battalion will advance to occupy the houses along the line currently held by the Grenadiers.

                            They will take up positions in the houses as well as in the streets, firing by company in the streets as before, firing aimed shots (use those revolvers if we still have them) for those taking cover in houses.

                            Those unable to find good firing positions will use axes, and shovels to barricade our end of the village.

                            After one last round of grenades at the approaching enemy, the Grenadiers in turn will withdraw and reform behind Finch line, regroup and prepare for another attack next turn, or to support Finch with fire should any part of the line be threatened with close attack.

                            Since this close quarter fighting is likely to burn ammo quickly, a runner is sent back to call for resupply of the Grenadiers in particular, but our regular troops as well.
                            High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.

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                            • Bates Irregulars: Hold 25MA at bay at the RR embankment inside the grove. Pruitt's cavalry will assist harassing 25th's western flank.

                              "Fix ranks and prepare the men for another round. We have another regiment to hold." Bates instructed his Lieutenant.
                              Giving a look over the embankment with his small telescope, he could see 25MA fixing their ranks and starting to advance to his direction. Looking at Pruitts cavalry he could see them preparing too for action. He just hopes that Pruitt is fast enough to crash into 25MA before they crash into Bates Irregulars.
                              From Devastation - Knights Twilight Warhammer 40,000 Quest
                              Rear Admiral Sander Van der Zee, Commander of Dutch Far East Theatre
                              "There is never enough firepower!"

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                              • If the 25th MA hits the Bates position, I will be coming in behind them. The more the 25th stops and tries to dispute my charge, the fewer that will be coming to you. Consider ordering a Bayonet Charge if they stay in the trees. They can't stay with us hitting them on both sides.

                                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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