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Rainbow Brigade Ep. 3, April 1862

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  • Cheetah772
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    This is my drawn tactical map in haste, indicating where I'd like Hammer 2 to be. Only a suggestion, awaiting Major Bird's input.
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  • Cheetah772
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    Major Holden's Orders

    It seems that our dear Major Dee didn't have any coffee that morning as his absent-mindedness caused him and his troops to wander off the intended path. Major Holden would have sent a rider or runner but Major Dee is too far off the course, so he let Dee go do his own thing and hopefully Colonel Sennef knows what Dee is doing.

    1.) Major Holden sends a runner to Major Bird's Green Jackets:

    2.) Major Holden suggests to Major Bird that we continue marching through the pine forest, he thinks enemy can't spot us yet other than perhaps Bates and Finch as they're closer to the edge of the pine forest. We'll continue all way to the edge of shoreline then break for cover, marching quickly over open space to break in Carolina City.

    3.) Badgers Militia is not to enter Carolina City as it would negate its long fire range support. Rather, it is to stop at least 500 meters from the city itself. Major Holden will then take a moment to survey the city and its surrounding environs and observe any enemy movement marching out of the city.

    4.) Should Badgers encounter any enemy unit appearing inside Badgers' long range, order all skirmishers to open fire as needed and make sure they only fire if they're sure of their aim and they see officers first among the rank and file. The skirmishers should continue advancing cautiously toward Carolina City.

    Major Holden awaits Major Bird's input.
    Last edited by Cheetah772; 04 Feb 18, 14:56.

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  • T. A. Gardner
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    I plan to move my battery as indicated to provide enfilading fire as well as direct support for the "hammer" as shown. Rifles work best with a bit of range. Right up close negates their true value. I will move such as to not interfere with the infantry's movement forward.

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  • Colonel Sennef
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    Originally posted by Frtigern View Post
    Let me get this straight. The Tigers are to deploy into the grove to prevent an enemy breakout to our rear or around our flanks? We most assuredly can double-time into that grove. I'm assuming we're deploying south of the road directly across from that structure just west of town, south of road.

    Maj. Leroy
    All correct.
    My intention is to keep the enemy at bay in the open, till our artillery has arrived over the road and set up a fire base.

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  • T. A. Gardner
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    Originally posted by Colonel Sennef View Post
    General Sennef sends a dispatch rider to the South were the combined units of Hammers 1 and 2 make their way through the pine forest.
    He brings a new order and a sketch.
    The fact that no enemy defence line has been spotted in the grove should be taken advantage of.

    Hammer 1 is requested to leave the cover of pine forest immediately, cross the open field and move into the southern edge of the grove. Once there, its commanders have to make a judgment call:
    A. If there seems to be no enemy in strength in the opposite quarter of Carolina City, cross the open terrain in haste and break into CC.
    If needed: help Hammer 2 to break into CC as well. Turn north to take the enemy in the flank.
    B. If there is enemy in strenght in the opposite quarter of CC, stay in the edge of the grove. Hammer 1 will become for the moment the southern extension of Anvil.

    Hammer 2 is requested to continue through the pine forest as originally planned. Break for cover and cross to the water front of CC. If needed, Hammer 1 will help you to break in.
    Well, there's proof no plan survives contact with the referee...

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  • Frtigern
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    Let me get this straight. The Tigers are to deploy into the grove to prevent an enemy breakout to our rear or around our flanks? We most assuredly can double-time into that grove. I'm assuming we're deploying south of the road directly across from that structure just west of town, south of road.

    Maj. Leroy

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  • TacCovert4
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    Originally posted by Capt AFB View Post
    No wonder Dee is so quiet and looks absent minded at Orders!

    BTW, am I the only one who can't open the jpeg map from Jereon?

    I can open it. And sorry, that was a misunderstanding of Dee's orders.

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  • Colonel Sennef
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    Originally posted by Capt AFB View Post
    No wonder Dee is so quiet and looks absent minded at Orders!

    BTW, am I the only one who can't open the jpeg map from Jereon?
    I'll try to post it in another format. Could you open my previous maps?

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  • Colonel Sennef
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    Orders for the South / Hammer

    General Sennef sends a dispatch rider to the South were the combined units of Hammers 1 and 2 make their way through the pine forest.
    He brings a new order and a sketch.
    The fact that no enemy defence line has been spotted in the grove should be taken advantage of.

    Hammer 1 is requested to leave the cover of pine forest immediately, cross the open field and move into the southern edge of the grove. Once there, its commanders have to make a judgment call:
    A. If there seems to be no enemy in strength in the opposite quarter of Carolina City, cross the open terrain in haste and break into CC.
    If needed: help Hammer 2 to break into CC as well. Turn north to take the enemy in the flank.
    B. If there is enemy in strenght in the opposite quarter of CC, stay in the edge of the grove. Hammer 1 will become for the moment the southern extension of Anvil.

    Hammer 2 is requested to continue through the pine forest as originally planned. Break for cover and cross to the water front of CC. If needed, Hammer 1 will help you to break in.
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    Last edited by Colonel Sennef; 04 Feb 18, 11:49.

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  • Capt AFB
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    Originally posted by Colonel Sennef View Post
    That was indeed my intention, but I leave it to our GM.
    No wonder Dee is so quiet and looks absent minded at Orders!

    BTW, am I the only one who can't open the jpeg map from Jereon?

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  • Colonel Sennef
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    Exploiting the meeting engagement with speed

    Leading the column down the road, General Sennef moves in the van, and sees no enemy has materialized where he expected it to be.

    Destobetter!

    With his hat he signals his Saddleblazers urgently forward with the order to follow the road into the grove and establish a line at the eastern exit of the grove. If enemy contact occurs before they exit the grove, dismount and engage the enemy. Help wiill come
    Though it is early Sennef decides to commit his reserve already to exploit this opportunity.
    Leroy's Tigers to cross the grove as fast as possible and help establish an Anvil at its eastern end and keep out all enemy trying to break into the grove.
    The rest of his central element to follow the road and set up an Anvil opposite Carolina City.

    A rider is dispatched to Major Pruitt with orders to prevent the enemy to cross from CC to the west. Hold and Fire

    Dee's Hussars: follow the road east into the forest towards CC and where the road exits the forest to CC, prevent any enemy to come to the forest line.
    The forest line west of CC is where the new Anvil will stand.


    [OOC]: Orders for South (Hammer) to follow, RL gets in the way.
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  • Colonel Sennef
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    Originally posted by Capt AFB View Post
    I thought Dee was travelling SE with Hammer 2 until the cavalry reached the clearance next to the shoreline
    That was indeed my intention, but I leave it to our GM.

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  • Capt AFB
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    I thought Dee was travelling SE with Hammer 2 until the cavalry reached the clearance next to the shoreline

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  • Pruitt
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    Major Pruitt orders an Orderly to take a message to the Colonel: We have found enemy troops by the railway station. We will move to the left 200 yards and try to flank them. We will dismount and form a firing line to divert their attention."

    Orderly Two! Take a message to Major Dee: "The Tarheels will move 200 yards up the treeline from the Rail line and dismount to engage a skirmish line. Head for the Rail Line so you can come up on our Right!

    Orderly Two, also ride back to the wagons and tell them to bring up a load of Rifle and Pistol ammo!"

    Major Pruitt, Tarheel Legion Cavalry

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  • TacCovert4
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    April 5th, 0800hrs

    Just after the morning dawn, Rainbow comes onto what will be the field......it doesn't have a name yet, just some nameless farms by Carolina City....but Waterloo was just a field before a few thousand soldiers gave it a name.....

    North to South:

    Major Pruitt has a lot of green men in his troop, but it's nearly a Cavalry Squadron in size now. Riding out in front of Rainbow, he heads North and reaches the railroad. Not seeing the enemy, the column of Tar Heels ride down the railroad through the grove. As they come through the trees, Major Pruitt spots a column of blue coats marching by the railroad station. Simultaneously he's spotted, and men break away from the column after a moment, forming a skirmish screen as a line begins to form just North of the railroad station.

    The Hussars ride behind the Tar Heels, and on reaching the woodline, sweep south, riding down the length of the wood at a trot, nary a foe in sight....

    ----

    Leading the column down the road, General Sennef moves in the van, at the pace of his artillery, as they wend their way out of the woods and into the open. Expecting imminent contact, they receive none. After twenty minutes of marching, the "Anvil" has no enemy to their front, only the road going back into the grove.

    ----

    In the South, The combined units of both Hammers pick their way through the pine forest, skirmishers out in front. Bates and Holden find their going a bit easier, natural skirmishers flowing around the trees as they keep an eye out for signs of the enemy. The following infantry columns have a rougher time of it, sergeants trying to maintain some cohesion so the battalions can deploy into line at a moment's notice.

    Major Bates spies some blue-coated movement in the city, but he cannot identify if it's just a few officers, or the vanguard of a column, or a handful of patrolling soldiers that walk across an open area between one warehouse and the town.

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