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Rainbow Brigade Ep. 3, April 1862

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  • Frtigern
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    Maybe we could develop a plan to draw the 10th CT out as well as each other regiment one at a time? Won't have much time before the Union consolidates their lines and forms a considerable defense. If they think its just a bunch of militiamen trying to harass their supply lines take CC may be overconfident and counterattack us and as soon as they get in the open, cut them down.

    Maj. Leory

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  • T. A. Gardner
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    Originally posted by The Exorcist View Post
    I have 3 small cannon... okay, short ones. Maybe I can be a little more clever with mine, its time to send the horses away anyhow.

    What I can do is move diagonally through the woods. We already know they are clear enough for me to do that. The question is, do I jig north, or south?
    If we can do that, then I would deploy across the road, and you move up towards the railway cut on the flank of Dee.

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  • The Exorcist
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    Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
    I ride up to our General. "Sir, I do not believe that both batteries will fit within the space up ahead on this road without going significantly past the tree line. Might I suggest my battery head to the rail cut and deploy to fire in support of our troops from there and Captain Ricther's advance to support our troops from the road ahead? Or sir, I could deploy to that farm to our left and assemble works to protect our flank should the Yankees try to turn it.

    (A battery takes about 100 yards frontage to deploy)
    I have 3 small cannon... okay, short ones. Maybe I can be a little more clever with mine, its time to send the horses away anyhow.

    What I can do is move diagonally through the woods. We already know they are clear enough for me to do that. The question is, do I jig north, or south?

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  • T. A. Gardner
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    I ride up to our General. "Sir, I do not believe that both batteries will fit within the space up ahead on this road without going significantly past the tree line. Might I suggest my battery head to the rail cut and deploy to fire in support of our troops from there and Captain Ricther's advance to support our troops from the road ahead? Or sir, I could deploy to that farm to our left and assemble works to protect our flank should the Yankees try to turn it.

    (A battery takes about 100 yards frontage to deploy)

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  • TacCovert4
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    Deadline

    I will be doing the update sometime very early Saturday Morning. Last orders need to be in by Saturday at 0000hrs EST.

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  • Pruitt
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    Acknowledged!

    Major Pruitt, Tarheel Legion Cavalry

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  • Cheetah772
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    Originally posted by Capt AFB View Post
    Maj Bird tell Cpt Frumm to stop the GJ already form up in the clearing and moving East towards CC.

    He trots to the Maj Holden's position.

    "Orders and counterorders from the General, it seems. I'm looking to achieve the spirit of his intent, not necessarily the words in his orders. I'm not sure going back slowly trekking through the heavy forest is going to achieve much surprise, especially that we are already in the open to move more quickly to our objective. What do you think?"
    Major Holden sighed, shaking his head.

    "I don't know. Even if we stay hidden in this forest, we're too far to march and achieve surprise in time. I mean we depend on runners and riders for communication. The open space between this forest and grove looks like 600 or 800 yards, it's going to take time to march over that space.

    But I'm no tactician, so I figure Colonel Sennef knows what he's doing. We should just follow his orders. If he turns out to be mistaken, then it's on him, not us.

    Let's change our course and go back into forest and continue WE through the forest."

    Major Holden's orders

    Change the course and continue marching through the forest, staying hidden. Reach the shoreline and face east in skirmishing formation, still inside the forest. Send someone to inform Major Bird and Colonel Sennef of my intents.

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  • Capt AFB
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    Maj Bird tell Cpt Frumm to stop the GJ already form up in the clearing and moving East towards CC.

    He trots to the Maj Holden's position.

    "Orders and counterorders from the General, it seems. I'm looking to achieve the spirit of his intent, not necessarily the words in his orders. I'm not sure going back slowly trekking through the heavy forest is going to achieve much surprise, especially that we are already in the open to move more quickly to our objective. What do you think?"

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  • Colonel Sennef
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    Gentlemen,

    1. Situation: Rainbow is now up against three infantry regiments, with perhaps more following, around Carolina City.

    2. Mission: TBA


    3. Execution
    Commanders Intent: as Rainbow is heavily outnumbered I deem it a bad idea to be drawn in a war of attritition in built up area CC.
    Rainbow will lose its valuable crack units and still have more battles to go.

    * It is my intent to draw the enemy North, away from CC, and then unleash Hammer 2 in the enemy rear.
    To this end, Hammer 2 should be not visible to the enemy, lest he reinforces CC. It is imperative you continue your advance SE till the sea shore hidden in the forest!

    * If the enemy infantry commander were to decide to flank Anvil via south, Hammer 2, hidden in the forest will be a very nasty suprise to him.
    Regardless what enemy choses: advance SE fully hidden in the forest.

    Execution
    North to South:
    Tarheels on my command fall back a small distance SW to the railway in order to lure enemy in thinking that they can flank Anvil from the North.
    Centre all units continue to reinforce position 'Anvil' as planned
    Hammer 1 continue to move in covered fashion into the groove as planned but do not move further towards CC. You will become a southern extension of Anvil. Pose no threat to CC.
    Hammer 2 continue advance SE through the forest, remain fully invisible to the enemy.
    Attached Files
    Last edited by Colonel Sennef; 08 Feb 18, 14:20. Reason: Adding map

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  • Cheetah772
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    OOC: Just remember that our Game Master says no to subsets of a company going off in different directions? It's too much for him, otherwise his mind would be overloaded and leave him somehow...absent-minded like our dear friends Major Dee and Colonel Facwett.

    Now onto Major Holden's Adjusted Orders:

    After listening to the runner sent back to me by Major Bird, Holden nods and says to himself, someday I have to sit down with Major Bird and pick his brain on how to employ tactics and understanding military doctrines better.

    1.) Adjust Major Holden's orders to replace the marching position of our respective companies, with Badgers Militia marching behind Green Jackets.

    2.) Badgers Militia will switch to marching formation in column rather than being deployed in skirmishing formation when they make the exit out of the pine forest.

    3.) As Green Jackets approach the treeline of the grove (just west of the city), Badgers will redeploy into skirmishing formation and take position just south of the grove, with Green Jackets deployed on my right flank (to south) as it begins to enter the city from water front.

    4.) As stated in the previous order, Badgers will stop at least 500-600 meters from the city itself with the intent of surveying the field and engage any enemy units by long range fire support.
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  • Colonel Sennef
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    Originally posted by Capt AFB View Post
    "Now go find the General to brief him on my intent and ask him if one of the cavalry companies is available to come screen South of the village as it was the intention of the original plan. Questions?... Now go! My compliment to the general"
    General Sennef sends answer back: Compliments to major Bird.
    Proceed as planned.
    Currently all cavalry is engaged in steadying the 'Anvil' line.
    The moment they'll become available again, I'll send them south to you.

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  • TacCovert4
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    Oh no, those are fine. I am avoiding asking for clarifications if possible. Any confusion just adds to the challenge.

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  • Snowygerry
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    Finch battalion, continue under current orders.

    Small note, I figured the "grove" was the patch of trees nearest to the city, reading this I now think the grove is in fact the stretch of open in front of where I am now ?

    At any rate I want to end up in that patch of woods with my battalion firing from covered positions at the 10CT (or any other unit revealed).

    If at all possible - the Grenadiers then move one bound further into the first line of houses of CC, they can flank to the right to avoid the brunt of the 10CT, but mainly I want them use the small unit tactics Trap trained them for, and their own judgement to break into the town.

    If need be Finch clarifies his orders to those concerned.
    Last edited by Snowygerry; 07 Feb 18, 03:46.

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  • Capt AFB
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    Maj Bird listen to the runner sent by Holden.

    "Cpt Frumm, get the Green Jackets out of this forest. Set them in three parallel company columns and head East at a fast pace. We are heading downtown." yells the CO, so that most of the battalion can hear him and understand his intent.

    Looking back at the sharpshooter runner, he says "Tell Major Holden to trade place with the GJ in his plan so that he fits between the GJ, on his South, and where Finch should be on his North. I'm heading East and then North, entering Carolina City from its South side."

    As the GJ get out of the forest, Maj Bird sees Lt Dyers, his LO with Finch, galloping on his horse towards him. "Sir, the enemy has been spotted travelling West on the road of the City. Maj Finch Battalion and the Grenadier Guards are deploying into the forest moving East towards the city. We've lost Bates company during our move."

    Maj Bird wonders what happen to Bates.

    After thanking Dyers for the info, he explains what the GJ intent is. "Now go find the General to brief him on my intent and ask him if one of the cavalry companies is available to come screen South of the village as it was the intention of the original plan. Questions?... Now go! My compliment to the general"

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  • Cheetah772
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    Major Holden's Orders

    Order men to march out of the pine forest immediately, continue the path as originally outlined in the previous order, stopping 500 meters or more before the city. Maintain skirmishing formation.

    Send a runner to Major Bird, suggesting that we exit the forest quickly as possible to arrive at our objectives. We'll continue the original plan, except to pick up the pace. We need to arrive there first to prevent enemy capitalizing on the opportunity to turn our flanks.

    Major Holden
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