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  • Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
    September 17th, 1000hrs....
    (Admin Note: If we can get all units within the white 'sector' of the map, that would be great.....)
    What are the light yellow patches ? Cornfields ?
    High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.
    Major Atticus Finch - ACW Rainbow Co.

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    • That they are...
      Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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      • The Tigers having been resupplied and rested assuredly have better use at the front rather than guarding prisoners. I'm sure some of the wagon train have some men and to keep an eye on them. Looks like we can fall in next to the Blues or behind Bates.

        Maj Leroy
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        • Fawcett turns Jackson's rider around quickly, directing him to find the Grenadier Guards' supply wagon and order them up to the southern lee of Shrapnel Hill at their best speed. The Guardsmen still carried plenty of their specialised rounds, but Harry suspected they would be firing a lot of them off in the near future. He had that little feeling.

          "Guardsmen!" he shouts as he strides back to the fore of the elite formation and turns to face them. Each platoon slides to a halt as they reach the invisible line he marks with spread hands. "The first time we saw the elephant alongside our Rainbow brethren, we force-marched to the van and held a key crossing until the rest of the brigade came up to show Johnny Yank what we could really do. In the doing, we saved the battle. In the doing, we saved the Army from defeat and ruin. Here, today, the Army of Northern Virginia is hotly engaged all down the line and is fighting a larger Federalist host to a standstill. Here and now, we have already met twice our number of the enemy's elite and sent them reeling in disarray." Harry turns and half-pivots, pointing north and east past Dashwood's post atop the hill. "Now the enemy is sending their last reserves in a desperate bid to stop us from turning their flank and winning this field. Win here," he gives his men the familiar ferocious smile of a wolf, "defeat these reserves, and we show the Northerners we can defeat them as readily in their homes as in ours. We just need to buy our brothers that time, to rally and ready themselves to fight like the lions they are. Guardsmen, forward at the double - quick march!"

          At a pace halfway between a rapid march and a run, Colonel Harry Fawcett leads his cheering men up over the rise, through Dashwood's position and into the treeline, hurling themselves prone and into what cover can be found. With their breechloading weapons at the ready, they prepare themselves to repel the entire be-damned host of Yankeedom if that was what it took, holding them in their turn until Rainbow can regroup and resume their assault.
          Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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          • Just a quick admin note. Snowy has given command of Finch's Battalion to Bates officially. However, due to proximity, Bates can allow Lt. Col. Bird to command both his and Finch's battalion jointly as a regimental formation.
            Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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            • Seeing Yankees are on run, Holden decides to throw caution to the wind, ordering the Badgers to press upon the routed Yankees trying to get back to the safety of their brethren further to the east. Holden sends few runners to the supply wagons to get some brought forward to the Badgers even as they began once again to advance in skirmishing formation toward the beleaguered Yankees at double pace. Even with the Badgers being low on ammunition, Holden felt it is now time to get in shots as many as possible and to fell Yankee officers some more. Moreover, Holden understands the importance of this hill and that it must be occupied to prevent Yankees from bearing down on the Rainbow at the bottom of this hill.
              Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

              "Aim small, miss small."

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              • The Green Jacket Wall continues to march forward toward Shrapnel Hill.

                As the GJ run over the position once held by the Yanks, Lt O'Day picks up a flag on the ground. It seems that when the 30 NY retreated, they left their Colours behind...And now they are the possession of the GJ. Other GJ soldiers see the captured flag raised by the subaltern officer start to cheer, which shortly turns into a full rebel yell by the battalion.

                To the left of the GJ, Finch's battalion move along with them. Behind to their right, the Badgers are catching up. And in front to their right, the NCGG company is about to link up with the rebel cavalry holding the hill.

                Behind them, Cpt Dyers on his horse is about to catch up with his battalion. He is closely followed by the GJ supply wagon. The second wagon that was following them already with the Badgers to supply their ammo.

                As the GJ approaches the bottom of the hill, LtCol Bird looks around and wonders if a reverse slop position may be more advantageous for Rainbow to engage any Yankee counterattack coming their way. When his horse gets here, he will go have a look on top of the hill and find Col Fawcett to talk about the advantages of holding the hill on the top vs a reverse slop position against a superior numbered enemy.
                Last edited by Capt AFB; 14 Jul 18, 11:47.

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                • Freeman orders the unit to quickly resupply and take care of those wounded that can be still helped. We will wait until the rest of the brigade catches up, and then continue advancing, deploying into a screen formation facing the enemy that is to our north.
                  Wisdom is personal

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                  • Planned update Tuesday evening my time, please have all orders in by then.
                    Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                    • Giving cursory look towards the battlefield. It was quickly decided that the Shrapnel Hill must be controlled. From there Rainbow Brigade can control the battlefield and hinder the movement of Yankee forces.

                      Rainbow is to take control this side of Shrapnel Hill and prepare to beat back opposing forces. We need to have line of sight to north and east so that we can react to potential enemy movement.

                      Tigers, Blues and Bates move and try to capture as many prisoners from the retreating Yanks before occupying the location they are in. This group is to look towards north.

                      Finch, Green Jackets, Badger and NCGG to move to Bates right size and watch towards the other side of the hill and west. Richters battery should move forward so that they can provide better support on top of the hill.

                      Dashwood is to harass and block the movement of retreating Yank forces. This is to sandwich them between our forces. Later he is going to join forces with our remaining cavalry and act as mobile reserve.

                      Prisoners should be escorted back to our supply train and guarded by our walking wounded and supply personnel.
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                      Rear Admiral Sander Van der Zee, Commander of Dutch Far East Theatre
                      Colonel Abraham Bates, Rainbow Brigade
                      Angrim One-Eye, Yellow Company
                      "There is never enough firepower!"

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                      • If the retreating yanks are getting pressured heavily by my comrades, My cavalry unit will mount , close the gap, and charge the sharpshooters to hopefully break them. However if they are retreating in good order Dashwood does not fancy his chances in a headalong charge into a few hundred infantrymen and will wait for the Grenadiers to relieve his post before moving into a position covering the right flank.
                        Task Force Regenbogen- Support and Paras

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                        • September 17th, 1020hrs:

                          South to North

                          Major Gardner sits on the ammo chest, one of his men roughly splinting his broken leg. He can see the enemy to the North, but the press of Rainbow battalions is close and for the first time in the day his great guns sit silent. His men aren't idle, however, and use the time to replace the broken wheel on the Blakely, bringing one more gun back into action (Total of 6 guns now counting the reinforcing battery). Gardner can see that the battle has moved on, and he will have to displace if he wants to bring his guns into action once more.

                          Colonel Fawcett urges his men forward at the double quick and the Grenadier Guards ascend the hill and then make for the trees just on the reverse slope. He can already see a regiment moving up on his right, through the open ground and onto the hill. Getting into the trees just in time, the Guards spot a second regiment advancing on line directly to their front. Immediately firing breaks out as the Guards cycle their needle guns, sending back a runner to bring up more ammunition as they expect to run out very quickly at this rate. (OOC: The enemy was slightly closer to the position, that movement bonus Rainbow chose up got the Guards to the trees).

                          Throwing caution to the wind, Holden orders his Badgers forward with whatever ammo they have, rushing to get in parting shots on the Sharpshooters which are slowly withdrawing and covering the retreat of the rest of their division. Firing down on the Badgers, the Sharpshooters manage to hit as many now as they had all day up to this point, with only a few losses of their own.

                          However, the distraction is just what Captain Dashwood has been looking for. Spying the Sharpshooters turned away from him, he puts spurs to his chestnut and his now reorganized troopers follow him in yet another wild thundering charge. The Sharpshooters do turn somewhat, and some have fixed bayonets, but given their more open order, the result is never in much doubt. The Yankee Green Jackets break and run, leaving the field. Dashwood goes to pursue but spying the 22nd NY formed in line, he reins in.

                          Lt.Col. Bird leads both his and Finch's battalions forward, steadily covering ground as they reach the hill. He watches Holden's company of skirmishers rush across their front in the bid to clean up the Sharpshooters, but ignores the fight among the smaller units as he continues to Shrapnel Hill.

                          Struggling to get his guns clear of the road, Richter finally gets the howitzers onto the level ground and they begin moving up in the wake of the Brigade's advance. Pruitt's Tar Heels remain in place, now fully reloaded with the men well rested as the wagon train moves up to their position to take charge of the prisoners until relieved. Leroy gets his Tigers moving again, however, and they catch up to the rest of the flank, taking their position in the center between Bates and Freeman as they all move up behind the remnants of the Iron Brigade. They watch the 22nd NY pull itself back into line, fending off the possible charge by Captain Dashwood's troop and now giving them a rearguard to deal with.

                          A Rider goes to Col. Bates. "With the Gen'rls compliments, Hampton's Brigade is on the field with three regiments of cavalry. General Hampton wishes to know if you need his troopers to take over a flank or if he is clear to ride to the enemy's rear and start threatening McClellan's Headquarters."

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                          Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                          • Major Pruitt orders his men to mount up. "Men, we are going North along the Mercerville Road."

                            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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                            • Freeman sends a runner towards the Tar Heels, who seem to be mounting up in the distance. "Tell them that the Merceville Road is open, just a couple of cavalry squadrons there. Tell Major Pruitt that if he takes Hampton's brigade with him he can wheel and smash the whole yankee line! We will keep the bluecoat infantry occupied until then"

                              The Blues will advance on the double past the 22ND NY, and wheel to a position to fire at them and the mass of men from flank and rear. The Tigers will hopefully advance to make sure the enemy cannot engage us.
                              Wisdom is personal

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                              • Apparently the Badgers bite on more than they could chew. It's time to take a step back and take inventory of men and supplies again. Send all wounded men back to field hospital and get some supplies first before rejoining the advance onto Shrapnel Hill.

                                It's at this point, Major Holden is unsure what to do next. Should he join the forces on the left flank pushing around the hill or go up the hill to join the forces of Green Jackets, Finch, and NCGG?

                                Holden sends a couple of runners to the forces to his left and to his right, inquiring each flank to see which needs his sharpshooters the most. Holden suspects the forces on his left flank will need the Badgers to hold the line and use its sniping skill to further erode Yankee's morale and fell their officers.
                                Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

                                "Aim small, miss small."

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