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  • #91
    Originally posted by Cheetah772 View Post
    Educational OOC:

    Got to ask some questions. How did commanders communicate with each other at regimental level in real life? Did they actually have a team of runners on standby to dispatch messages back and forth? Or do they just basically ride up to the other commander to confer on orders? Are the orders mostly vague or extremely detailed? I've heard that Grant was known for giving short and concise orders while Lee usually give vague orders? Is that true? What about signals? How useful were they?
    Basically, they used runners. Infantry regiments didn't have a lot of spare horses. The top officers might ride, but many walked with their regiment too. The other methods were using bugle calls and signal flags.

    This was why the regimental and national flag were important to each unit. They marked where the unit was and if they went down or were captured, it became very difficult for the troops to know where their command was. The number one cause for being awarded a Medal of Honor in the ACW on the Union side was capture of enemy colors.

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    • #92
      Go ahead with your plan artillery.

      [ooc: at work whole day]
      BoRG

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

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      • #93
        Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
        Basically, they used runners. Infantry regiments didn't have a lot of spare horses. The top officers might ride, but many walked with their regiment too. The other methods were using bugle calls and signal flags.

        This was why the regimental and national flag were important to each unit. They marked where the unit was and if they went down or were captured, it became very difficult for the troops to know where their command was. The number one cause for being awarded a Medal of Honor in the ACW on the Union side was capture of enemy colors.
        Pretty much covered it. Also one of the reasons why dedicated skirmisher/rifle troops were considered to be a specialist or elite formation, they had to have the unusual ability to operate in the absence of direct commands and follow more general directives than infantry who were getting orders immediately from the corporal-sergeant-captain chain.

        At Brigade Level the General might have a few aides on horseback to function as couriers, but he wouldn't risk these unless the situation required it, he'd normally use runners. Above that level there would be a number of junior officers to function as couriers, typically with more detailed intent or the ability to answer some questions from subordinate commanders.

        Over vast distances telegraph. And over moderate distances with the right terrain, you might see semaphore. But those aren't really relevant to the game. Presume that there are a number of Olympic grade runners moving about.....heck, the General's unit happens to all be on horseback.....
        Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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        • #94
          Originally posted by Cheetah772 View Post
          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.
          "Cpt Frumm, get the troops back into the woods" orders Maj Bird. "We follow the sharpshooters in column as per the original plan. A Company followed by B Company and so on."

          He heard some grunting from the troops, as they returned to walking in the difficult terrain in the wooded area. Maj Bird trying to make light of it shouts "What? You are complaining about having a nice walk in the woods on this beautiful day?"

          The truth is, Maj Bird figured, without cavalry screening his flank or Holden providing precision fire support, a march to CC would have placed the GJ in a difficult position.

          "Lt Dyers, return to the General and acknowledge receipt of his orders and stay there, ready to bring me any further orders."
          Last edited by Capt AFB; 09 Feb 18, 12:28.

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          • #95
            Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
            Let's go with that. I will move up the road and deploy between Dee and the Tigers, across the road. Captain Ricther will swing off the road behind Dee and deploy on his northern flank on the tree line facing out towards the rail line and Yankee 23 MA regiment.

            Richter should fire spiracle case on a short fuze until the Yankees are under 200 yards and then switch to canister.
            Originally posted by Colonel Sennef View Post
            Go ahead with your plan artillery.
            ]
            Alright.
            I was thinking of going south to face the town and chip away at it,, maybe set some fires but I would miss out on everything else if the Union does bolt northwards.

            So, north it is.

            And I think the RR embankment might make better cover than a lot of splintery trees, let's double-time to get there before the Bluecoats do!
            "Why is the Rum gone?"

            -Captain Jack

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            • #96
              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.
              Finch looks at the runner somewhat surprised.

              "No threat ??"

              "That's what it says sir...No threat"

              Without further comment Finch sends word to the Grenadiers to not advance beyond the trees, and take up covered positions there, but to hold their fire unless in self defence.

              Finch battalion in turn will take up position behind using the trees or any other terrain features, in as far as possible, to break line of sight to CC.
              High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.

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              • #97
                Bates wakes up after having wondered the meaning of life after seeing particularly beautiful flower.

                Ordering his men to jog, Bates tries to catch Finch and move to the southern tip of the grove. Hopefully they can catch Finch fast.

                OOC: I am back. Getting sick and then swamped by school stuff is not good combination.
                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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                • #98
                  Update in Progress, no new orders or changes.
                  Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                  • #99
                    Originally posted by Senorankka View Post
                    Bates wakes up after having wondered the meaning of life after seeing particularly beautiful flower.

                    Ordering his men to jog, Bates tries to catch Finch and move to the southern tip of the grove. Hopefully they can catch Finch fast.

                    OOC: I am back. Getting sick and then swamped by school stuff is not good combination.
                    OOC: Welcome back. Hope you feel better. Of course, RL always has priority over stuff in here.

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                    • April 5th, 0840hrs

                      North to South

                      Major Pruitt acknowledges his commander's intent, but remains in position, observing the new regiments take the field. He spies the colors of the 25th Massachusetts, another regiment of the 1st Brigade that was heavily engaged at New Bern. As they come out of the woods to the East, they turn North in column, going around the farm before coming into line a few hundred yards to his front. He also observes the 23rd Massachusetts cross through the fenced farm yard in column, and come into line.....the Federal Commander is pushing his forces to weigh heavily in the North.

                      While Captain Richter's large gun crews struggle to heave their pieces between trees and roots to positions by the Hussars, Major Gardner brings his pieces up as soon as the roadway is clear of Richter's Battery. General Sennef observes that the 27th Massachusetts remains in position, anchored on the road between the fence and the rail station, an obvious blocking force as he sees the telltale signs of another regiment advancing down the road. The 10th Connecticut is in the houses, he can see blue coats and kepis in open windows, but they do not form any lines in the narrow streets of Carolina City. Major Gardner sets his six pieces up in the road, nearly wheel to wheel, and the 27th takes a knee, able to see the battery in the one position open for this number of guns to array themselves easily.

                      Moving over open fields, the Grenadier Guards continue to screen Finch's Battalion, and both reach the southern edge of the grove and start working their way through the underbrush towards their assigned positions. Major Bates comes out of his reverie and pushing his veteran skirmishers catches up to the rear of Finch's Column.

                      After a momentary conference, the Green Jackets and Badgers continue to wend their way through the woods, moving to flank Carolina City unseen....

                      The lines have been drawn, it is in God's hands now.....some of the soldiers think, many of Rainbow veterans from Manassas Junction and the carnage of New Bern.

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                      Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                      • "Orderly! Take a message to the Colonel. I have three Regiments to my front and they are getting more men! We need men and Artillery on the Railroad line NOW! I can slow these rascals down but this will not be a fair fight. Once they drive me into the woods behind me, they will flank the rest of the Brigade.

                        Men! Use your Enfields until they get close. We will need our pistols then. I don't want to see anyone popping off pistols when they are 100 yards away. Choose your targets wisely. Aim for the officers and the Color Parties, For what they are about to receive I hope they will be grateful! Sergeant Major, take my horse to the horse holders. I will be fighting on foot."

                        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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                        • My battery loads case (shrapnel) rounds and opens fire on the 27th MA. "Taking a knee won't save you" I mutter.

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                          • Major Holden's Orders:

                            Continue the march all way to the edge of the pine forest, staying hidden. Once they reach the edge, turn face eastward in skirmishing formation, again making sure staying well hidden with just enough visibility through the pine forest peeking out into the open field. They will anchor the Green Jackets' right flank when they face eastward.

                            Order all men to stay disciplined, don't make too much unnecessary noise, they may relax a bit and sit down if they desire. They may take out rations and canteens, if they want to. Although they may relax slightly, make sure they stay in skirmishing formation, ready to move out at a moment's notice. Have all officers inform their men of Major Holden's intents and Colonel Sennef's plan, hopefully they will understand what Green Jackets and Badgers are doing by staying hidden and seemingly cut off from their brothers in arms to north and east.

                            Should any Yankee unit march across our range, Badgers is to hold its fire until Major Holden issues the open fire command. Let's not waste this opportunity to stay hidden until it's absolutely necessary to open fire.

                            Major Holden has doubts himself on whether Yankees will attempt to march around the grove, thus providing us with ample opportunities to hit them back in their rear. But he has his orders, so there's nothing he can do at moment except hope that the god of war will grant his boys a great victory today.

                            Major Holden calls to him one of runners standing by and tells him to run off to Major Bird to see how he and his men are doing. He also wants to confer with Major Bird on when to open fire or to march out of our hiding place to engage the enemy. Let's figure out the correct timing because it is key to winning this battle.
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                            Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

                            "Aim small, miss small."

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                            • Finalised Orders

                              Gentlemen
                              Attached Map should give indication of your moves

                              1. Situation: Map see attached
                              Enemy: 4 infantry regiments facing Rainbow, concentrating on the north, with at least one, perhaps more, following.
                              Own: Rainbow in line, composed of cavalry, infantry and artillery. Though we're outnumebered 4 to 1 we stand a good change because of our quality, diversity and location.
                              No reinforcements available.

                              2. Mission: Solidify Anvil; Execute Hammer 1 and 2

                              3. Execution:
                              Commanders Intent:
                              Now that the newly arrived enemy units have all committed to the North, we can continue with the original plan of Anvil and Hammer.
                              Anvil: Hold the line using artillery against enemy infantry;
                              Hammer 1: strike blow in enemy flank
                              Hammer 2 strike blow in enemy rear.

                              Operation:
                              North to South:
                              Pruitt Fire on 23 MA. Take care NOT stick to enemy, keep freedom of movment, fall back in SW direction over RR.

                              Central:
                              R Btty: to NE edge of grove: open fire on 23 MA or whatever unit has advanced most.
                              G-Battery: continue to fire on on 23 MA or whatever unit has advanced most.
                              Tigers, hold position.

                              Hammer 1: NCGG and Finch Continue with the original plan of Hammer 1: Break into CC and slam into 10 CT.
                              Bates: break off from Hammer 1, turn NE to form the northern hook of Anvil. Your position will be at the left flank of R btty and the Rail Road.

                              Hammer 2: Continue with the original plan of Hammer 2: advance towards CC water front as indicated on map.

                              4. Logistics:
                              Logisitics and First Aid post at where road exits western end of grove.

                              5. C&C: I'll be in Centre of Anvil.
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                              Last edited by Colonel Sennef; 11 Feb 18, 16:46. Reason: finalising orders
                              BoRG

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

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                              • Deadline And update planned for Wednesday. Whether that'll be first thing in the morning or late that night will depend on work. I'm pulling 80+hours of overtime this month. Have your orders in.
                                Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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