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  • Pruitt
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    The Legion will reorganize and treat the wounded. Carbines and Pistols will be policed up and horses seen to. Wounded Yankees will be treated and seen to. Yankee weapons will be picked up. The Regimental Surgeon will be assisted. Care will be taken that any probes by the 25th MA will be met. Any coffee and cheese taken from Yankee casualties will be given to the wounded.

    "Orderly, tell the Colonel of our casualties and that the Major is wounded and bandaged, with his arm in a sling. We possess our part of the field and are watching for any probes. We await his orders."

    Major Pruitt, Tarheel Legion Cavalry

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  • TacCovert4
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    Anticipated Update to be Friday if I can get orders in in time. I like to be able to give Snowy his update before his weekend.

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  • Snowygerry
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    Finch will be with his men in the frontline, pistol and axe in hand.

    He will reposition individuals, hand out ammo, order a short withdrawal or advance here or there, fire a few shots and given half a chance bash an enemy skull in with his axe to set an example.

    "Hold steady men, ...Bird is going around their right flank, it's a matter of minutes."

    The object of all this is psychological more than strictly tactical, create the impression that everything is under control, since my actual control over this street fight would be all in all limited.
    Last edited by Snowygerry; 28 Feb 18, 03:16.

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  • TacCovert4
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    April 5th, 1000hrs

    North to South

    As Pruitt's Troopers wheel about and check their weapons momentarily, NCOs shoving a number of green troopers on their first battle into place, Bates and the 25 Mass stand locked in engagement, trading shot for shot as the standing formation of bluecoats fire on the kneeling skirmishers. The speed of loading keeps the engagement in Bates favor for now, though men continue to fall from the sheer weight of volleys from the larger force.

    Continuing the exchange Bates men notably take out several obvious officers trying to lead the formation in a general advance, temporarily styming the Federal regiment. At the same time the bugle is sounding the charge of the Tar Heels into the trees, firing their carbines and pistols. The charge breaks down as they come across the railroad tracks, and the flanking companies of the 25th loose a volley that empties a number of saddles at the lead of the wedge, and Major Pruitt himself is wounded in the arm as he fires his revolver. Bates men take advantage of the confusion to take well aimed shots that lay more Federals out, but in the hectic close engagement the infantry definitely has the edge on the cavalry and the Tar Heels take heavy losses before the 25th has had enough and withdraws, companies breaking up as they fall back and the Tar Heels in no position to pursue.

    Meanwhile, Richter's guns and the Tigers keep up a desultory fire on the 23rd, holding them at bay but not forcing them to fall back any further.

    Gardner's guns fire on the dispersed mob that was the 27th, adding to the chaos if not causing as many casualties as they had done to the previously ordered ranks. Dee's Hussars mount up under the trusty Adjutant and burst out of the trees, aiming to get to the mounted Brigade command party that is busy trying to reorganize the scattering men. Closing with pistols and sabers, they crash into the disordered mass, but their low numbers bog down quickly. The Brigade command party easily evades them, leaving the Hussars snarled in the middle of panicked infantry, hacking this way and that with their sabers as they fight to extricate themselves, men being bayoneted out of the saddle by frightened footsloggers just trying to get away. Gardner's fire on the 10th Connecticut is far more effective, and the already small regiment breaks up as it runs to put the railroad station betwixt them and the great guns.

    Finches Battalion makes a swap with the Grenadier Guards in the face of the 9th New Jersey, taking up position in and between the houses as they face down a comparable or greater regiment than their own. The Grenadiers retire through the lines and reform behind, taking the time to change needles and do whatever else is required before the next assault is called. The veteran Finches have the better of the exchange, but it is still an exchange, and there will be some good boots available to new recruits come tomorrow as the street fight grows in earnest....men engaging from opposing windows and even inside the same houses as ranges close to less than fifty yards.

    Major Bird sweeps the warehouse with his men, finding it clear but hearing the sounds of a swelling firefight in the town proper. At the double quick Major Holden leads his Badgers to the warehouse and finds it a low structure without many high windows but with a reasonably solid roof which his men attain with some difficulty and begin to look for targets.

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  • TacCovert4
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    As long as tonight isn't crazy I intend to update.

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  • TacCovert4
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    Glad you enjoy it. And yes, the smaller number makes resolution a bit simpler. Otoh if anyone wants to recruit an additional player I'll be more than happy to oblige.

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  • Snowygerry
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    I do like the "operational" aspect of this game, whereby one battle follows from the first, and losses and experience are tracked.

    So whatever is needed to keep that system running smoothly, is fine by me.

    Limiting the number units to track is of course an obvious one

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  • TacCovert4
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    I know you would, but that would be getting outside of the established rules a bit far. Hopefully one or both will return. If they don't I've worked up some things with Sennef that will hopefully smooth over their departure and keep things going in the direction that I'd like them to.....IOW the direction of the next engagement which is already 60% planned.

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  • Snowygerry
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    I'll happily adopt the Grenadier Guards until K. returns, they seem to complement my own troops well, and since they can operate independently they offer some tactical flexibility I wouldn't normally have...

    Last edited by Snowygerry; 27 Feb 18, 04:02.

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  • TacCovert4
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    OOC: No clue. I've sent PMs to both. If I don't get a response then unfortunately the Hussars and Grenadier Guards will be sent on other assignments at the conclusion of this battle.

    I've detailed my intentions to Sennef in that event, so Rainbow can compensate for the loss of over 200 crack troops with top-notch weapons before moving on to the next and larger battle....Spoiler Alert: Chantilly.....

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  • Cheetah772
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    OOC: Where hell are K and Dee in real life? It's been months since their last personal orders.

    I'm starting to think it's something other than computer issues wrecking their secret double lives in ACG forums.

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  • T. A. Gardner
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    To Dee, I shout "Capture those Yankee's colors!"

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  • Pruitt
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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

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  • Senorankka
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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.

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  • Snowygerry
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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.

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