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  • April 5th, 1020hrs

    North to South

    Major Pruitt rushes to get his depleted command back to the farm intact, with only partial success. A lot of the wounded manage to reach Bates' position, but few are able to withdraw with the mounted troopers. Weapons are reloaded, but he can see in the men's eyes that their previous aura of invincibility through firepower has been broken.

    Major Bates pushes his Irregulars forward past the railroad, screening the Tar Heel withdrawal. In the trees they don't see the 25th advancing, but they do get into a desultory exchange with the flanking companies of the 23rd Mass, with a few casualties on both sides.

    Captain Richter and Major Leroy hold their position, consolidating it. Major Leroy spots the mounted Federal party move into the woods near where the 23rd and 25th are, but the range is far too long for his Tigers.

    The Hussars finally extricate themselves from their predicament, but only after having more saddles emptied in the wildly panicked melee. General Sennef can see that the command appears to be cut neatly in half as they make for the treeline. Major Gardner's battery sponges their bores and lets the great guns cool after their earlier barrage.

    In the city, things continue to heat up. Holden's men, holding at range are unable to spot reliable targets and take some potshots but without any noticeable effect. Major Finch encourages his men to hold the line, risking life and limb to some very near misses as he walks between the companies holding in various buildings and streets against the 9th NJ. In the exchange of fire, the Finches are taking the worst of it as things stagnate into a close firefight.

    Captain Von Trapp leads the Grenadier Guards around the right of Finch, once again crashing into the Yankee flank with much fanfare and throwing of bombs. This time their advance is not so surprising, and it quickly devolves into a brawl on the flank as the company tries to deal with a much larger formation. Helmeted men fall out of windows and in the streets as they try to advance against a steady formation.

    Pushing his men at the quick step, Bird leads the Green Jackets around to approximately the rear of the 9th New Jersey, then plunges into the fray, sounding the charge. Men with bayonets and knives rush forward, firing their rifles at will as they close into the Yankee rear. As luck would finally have it for Rainbow, the surprise is complete, and green coated men begin hacking at the Federal regiment on all sides as it collapses, suffering a handful of friendly fire casualties before the officers get the order to cease fire across. Some of the Muskrats flee North, but many are caught between buildings and surrender.

    The fight in the town proper is over, though it was brutal. While the larger battalions note their losses, the nigh Legendary Grenadier Guards have been decimated in the close fighting against a formation too large for them to have a decisive effect. General Sennef sees that his big battalions are rounding up prisoners, and the mobs of men on the field are drifting away from the fighting for now. He also does not see the mounted party on the open field, which can only mean that they are making effort elsewhere to reorganize their Brigade.

    MAP
    Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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    • I. Situation: see map
      Enemy: Rainbow is up against 5 infantry regiments: 1 captured, 2 disordered, 2 offereing resistance though demoralised.
      Own troops: Rainbow solo

      II. Mission 1.Take CAROLINA CITY (accomplished)
      2. Defeat Enemy


      III. Execution
      Commanders Intent
      1. Reposition own units for II.2.
      2. Keep enemy under pressure while III.1
      3. Open negotiations for enemy to surrender

      Orders

      Major Pruitt Tar Heels hold at farm. Reform.

      Major Bates Irregulars cross RR north, keep pressure on enemy in skirmish mode

      Captain Richter advance battery N to RR

      Major Leroy Tigers to deploy in skirmish mode to keep pressure on enemy

      The Hussars in reserve. Escort together with NCGG POWs of 9 NJ to Western exit of grove and guard prisoners.

      Major Gardner's battery hinge guns and move 500 meters to the East to have clean angle on the forest where 23 and 25 MA hide. Prepare to fire.

      Sennef Saddle Blazers
      1. Move NE to prevent 27 MA from reforming and rejoining enemy command. Keep distance while keeping pressure with carbine fire and help 27 MA off the battlefield
      2. On my command all Rainbow units cease fire for negotiations. Under cover of white flag open forward to enemy commander to make him surrender w/o further bloodshed.

      Major Finch relocate 300 meters north, cross RR, and take new position just east of major Gardner's new position.

      Captain Von Trapp your Grenadier Guards in reserve. Disarm and escort together with Dee's cavalry the POWs of 9NJ beyond the western exit of the grove out in the open field, then reform.

      Major Bird lead your Green Jackets to the farm north of CC. Assist Sennef's cavalry by bringing out fire onto the formless 27 MA encouraging them to leave the battle.

      Holden lead your men north on the double to where the RR corsses the road. Prevent 10 CT from reforming an dencourage them to leave the fight.

      IV Logistics Wounded to aid station at western exit of grove.
      Prisoners to be disarmed and led to beyond western exit of grove further west in the open. To be escorted there by NCGG and Dee's cavalry.
      Dee's cavalry to perform mounted guard duty. Take arms, ammo, boots and all their logistics to Rainbow's wagons.

      C&C: General Sennef with Saddle Blazers, after negotiations will be near Gardner's Bty.
      Attached Files
      Last edited by Colonel Sennef; 11 Mar 18, 01:41.
      BoRG

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

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      • "Bloody Hell ..."

        "Take a few steps back men, give them a chance to surrender don't force them to fight to death..."

        Finch takes stock of the results of the slaughter in the town, as he extricates himself from the front, and sends a few runners back.

        "..we need ambulances and medics here, quick.."

        Then he finds a horse and rides up to the Colonel to report.

        "The town is ours sir, ..it was costly though.."
        High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.

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        • Current total casualties are ~325 men. Remember, that is hors de combat, including dead. They're not all dead, and some will return to ranks post-battle.
          Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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          • For all units involved in the streetfight I take it, or Finch alone ?
            High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.

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            • Originally posted by Snowygerry View Post
              For all units involved in the streetfight I take it, or Finch alone ?
              All of Rainbow
              Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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              • Maj Bird acknowledges the orders received from the General from a Saddle Blazer dispatch rider.

                "Please give my compliments to the General, and mention that the Green Jackets will be on the move within the next minutes and head toward the farm.

                "Also inform the general that the town folks are coming out and helping us with the wounded. I would advise letting the town folks take care of our wounded and not send them towards the Grove. I have commandeered four houses in the city for my own Battalion needs after the battle. One of the larger building in town is being converted into a hospital...The town mayor helping us set this in place."

                As the rider returns with the message to the Brigade commander, Maj Bird has a quick look around.

                Cpt Devers, Cpt Simms and Lt Gallant and their officers are conferring, as their respective company NCOs are sorting the troops and forming them up for a march Northward.

                Cpt Frumm, XO, returns with a dozen GJ, after leaving the Yankee prisoners with the NCGG. The troops hurrying to join their respective companies.

                Cpl Ross, the GJ medic, helped by a couple of GJ is providing aid to the wounded and directing them to the makeshift hospital.

                The GJ Sergeant-Major comes walking to Maj Bird to advise him that the troops are just about ready to leave. Behind him is a tall sergeant carrying rolled up flags on their respective pole.

                "Sir, I'm going to leave Sgt Groots in town to keep an eye on things for us until our Quartermaster and his wagon gets here. He will also be guarding the 9 NJ colors we captured," this last part said with a big smile on his face, something Bird rarely sees from his sergeant-major.

                "Good idea," says Bird. "After the battle is over, we can present the captured colors to General Senneff as a gift. He would like that."

                A few minutes ago, Maj Birds sent Lt Dyers to go find the the Quartermaster and his wagon and bring him into town. Lt Dyers and the QM can sort things out here, once GJ moves to the battle again. .

                Southerners themselves, the town folks are bringing help to the wounded. Others are bringing food and water to the Rainbow troops. A young boy carrying an apple walks towards Maj Bird and feeds it to his horse, happy to oblige. "What is his name?" he ask. "Thunder" says Bird, smiling to the kid, nodding a thank you before gently moving his horse towards the GJ column waiting his orders to move.
                Last edited by Capt AFB; 09 Mar 18, 19:44.

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                • Major Holden was standing on the warehouse's roof when he saw a runner coming up to his men with new orders from the pay grade above Holden's, he knew it was time to get closer to action. He was disappointed that the Badgers didn't get to do much, the glory snatched from them as other units achieved spectacular destruction and capture of the 9th NJ. Holden was visually concerned that other units will be rewarded more handsomely than the Badgers, even though he still believes that the unique set of sharpshooting and weaponry makes his unit an invaluable part of Rainbow Regiment.

                  "Damn," Major muttered under his breath and took in the last sight of the town proper before climbing back down to the ground just as the runner sweating all over and breathing hard fell down before Major's feet. Panting hard, the runner lifted up his hand with new orders in it, Major nodded and took the orders out of his hand. As Major read the new orders, he had his second in command with him, ready to receive Major's commands.

                  Major Holden's New Orders:

                  1.) The Badgers is to reform on the ground on double. Major Holden will make it abruptly clear that this time they won't miss the action. Move out now!

                  2.) They are to move out at double pace toward the railroad & road junction just outside of the town proper.

                  3.) They are to remain in skirmishing formation.

                  4.) When they reach the junction, they will face to northeast where the disorganized Yankee unit (10th CT?) is suspected to be. Open fire as soon they are in position to do so.
                  Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

                  "Aim small, miss small."

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                  • As his dispatch rider returns from major Bird to the general, Sennef replies:
                    "Excellent thinking by major Bird on those wounded being taken care of in CC .
                    Pray convey my compliments and all Hammer elements to proceed accordingly."


                    He then beckons a second rider:
                    "Find the major of the fine town of Caroline City. My compliments to him and tell him that it pains me to see what the rigours of war did to the citizens and town of CC. As soon as the battle is over, I'll visit him to discuss how we will proceed to lessen the suffering. Till that time I trust he and the citizens of CC will take care of the wounded the best way they can. Once you've done that, find a sheet that can serve as white flag and bring it to back to me"

                    Sennef then instructs the Saddle Blazers sub-commanders:
                    "SB will advance NE over the RR towards the disordered 27MA. Stay at maximum carabine range from 27 MA, do not come closer, and open fire from that distance. We will drive them NE off the battlefield. On no account should they turn NW and join 23 and 25 MA in the forest.
                    Clear everyone? You have two minutes to instruct your troops. After that: trumpeteer, the advance if you please!
                    BoRG

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

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                    • The Tigers advance to the railroad embankment in skirmish formation. We try to see if we can draw the 23MA to fire on us but if they don't we continue to advance into the treeline. As is standard we move fast and get to cover where possible and start laying fire as fast as every other man can take turns to fire and reload and focus on dropping as many Yanks as quickly as possible, hopefully getting the Union to pursue us, and we withdraw back across the tracks and into the trees if they do.

                      Maj Leroy
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                      • "Limber the guns! We're advancing to the railway cut." The battery limbers, then moves to about 100 yards from the cut and deploys facing the 23rd and retreating 27th(?) MA. We load shot and fire into the woods with the intent to hit both the 23rd, and the trees near them.

                        "Them all Yankees 'll be pickin' splinters outta they're @$$es fer a week!" one of the sergeants on a gun shouts as we let loose.

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                        • Moving Northward and leaving the town in column formation, the Green Jackets form into line on the road always facing North.

                          As they deploy into line, the Green Jackets let fly a Rebel Yell that should have a psychological effect on the battlefield, as other Rainbow Brigade units should be imitating - affecting Yankee morale.

                          Now deployed into line, Maj Bird moves straight North against the remnants of 27 MA (?) with Finch's battalion and the Saddle Blazzers on his left flank and the farm's enclosure providing some protection of his right flank.

                          Once they reach the end of the fence. Maj Bird will decide , depending on the tactical situation, if the GJ will turn right to reach the farm, as per orders, or turn left to threaten the left flanks of 23 and 25 MA.

                          (OOC: Tac, not sure if time play will allow my GJ to move out of CC in column and then move North in line formation in one move or two. At a minimum, you have my intent concerning the GJ.)
                          Last edited by Capt AFB; 10 Mar 18, 20:14.

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                          • Originally posted by Cheetah772 View Post
                            Major Holden was standing on the warehouse's roof when he saw a runner coming up to his men with new orders from the pay grade above Holden's, he knew it was time to get closer to action. He was disappointed that the Badgers didn't get to do much, the glory snatched from them as other units achieved spectacular destruction and capture of the 9th NJ. Holden was visually concerned that other units will be rewarded more handsomely than the Badgers, even though he still believes that the unique set of sharpshooting and weaponry makes his unit an invaluable part of Rainbow Regiment.

                            "Damn," Major muttered under his breath and took in the last sight of the town proper before climbing back down to the ground just as the runner sweating all over and breathing hard fell down before Major's feet. Panting hard, the runner lifted up his hand with new orders in it, Major nodded and took the orders out of his hand. As Major read the new orders, he had his second in command with him, ready to receive Major's commands.
                            OOC - Ben, are you complaining that your Badgers were not involved in the melee with 9NJ?

                            If you intend to use your Badgers as sharpshooters and skirmishers, your troops were exactly where they should have been. - Protecting our rear and flanks. If they would have been engaged in the melee, you would have likely ensued unnecessary casualties for a specialist unit.

                            Close quarter combat is a line unit's job- to close with and destroy the enemy.

                            As far as I am concern, the Badgers are being well used.

                            My 2 cents worth!

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                            • Finally.

                              Yes, up to the RR embankment we go, first loading our guns and then sprinting to the place I have had my eye on the whole while.

                              I just hope the guys on my right can keep our flank clear, and that the guys on our left don't suffer too badly before we get there.
                              "Why is the Rum gone?"

                              -Captain Jack

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                              • After leaving detachments behind to take care of his wounded, Finch orders his men out of the town by company.

                                Taking some time to reform and regroup his line troops, as soon as Major Gardner is in position Finch will form up and advance to cover his east flank, assuming the same 3 rank formation that served us so well earlier.

                                Skirmishers rush forward to stake out the new position in advance of the rest and see to it we have good lines of sight to cover the battery, and occupy/clear the nearby small building.
                                Last edited by Snowygerry; 13 Mar 18, 05:22.
                                High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.

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