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  • As soon the Badgers are resupplied, Holden will order them to assist Captain Richter with pushing up his artillery to reach the crest of the hill. As soon the Badgers reach the crest, they will position themselves to provide fire support, using its sharpshooting skills to maximum extent. They will pick the closest enemy available, looking to eliminate enemy officers first.
    Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

    "Aim small, miss small."

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    • Ordering Finch's Battalion forward to deal with the enemy cavalry and any enemy infantry infantry coming up the hill, LtCol Bird orders his Green Jackets to wheel to the right to engage the 9 PA by firing in their flank. Many GJ officers and NCOs are looking at him, expecting an order to charge, but Bird sense that there are other enemy columns nearby and charging the 9 PA may result in having an un-cohesive unit unable to face any follow on Yankee force. So firing into the 9 NY is what the GJ do, and they are at their best doing so.

      As they march and fire against the 9 NY, the GJ start yelling "Up the Guards!" to encourage the NCGG to continue the fight and give them an indication where the GJ troops were. At one point, a rebel yell is heard.

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      • Next update scheduled for Tuesday
        Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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        • My unit continues with their orders.

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          • My unit continues to fight with our existing orders.
            Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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            • The Tarheels are trying to hit the flank of the Union Line (Left of road, in woods) and then turn and roll up the Yankees to the Right. As per the last order I gave.

              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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              • Blues retreat to the supply wagons to rest, not much else the unit can do at this point.
                Wisdom is personal

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                • As more men fell around Colonel Bates, he realized how many of his companions lie dead or wounded on this battlefield, but he knew that everyone else including the Yanks are in same situation. He was confident that the right flank of Rainbow can push the Yanks away and that left flank can keep the Yanks pinned for the cavalry to hit them. With this done, they should be able to reinforce the right flank and keep the Yanks away from the hill.

                  Keep the pressure on the Yanks, no other specific orders are required.
                  Crimson's Rainbow - BattleTech Wargame RPG Chapter Two --- Carlisle
                  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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                  • Since I have not heard from General Hampton, I will send messengers to the three Cavalry Regiments of his Brigade that we are going to sweep the Woods to the Left of the road and turn Right and sweep behind the Yankee rear. If we can we will strike the disorganized Yankees in their rear.

                    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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                    • September 17th, 1100hrs

                      East to West:

                      In the trees the microcosm of the whole battle raged. The sheer grit of veteran Confederate troops versus the seemingly endless manpower and supply of the North. And in this one segment, the Grenadier Guards were like springs, giving, then returning that force with interest. The 9th Pennsylvania collided in their charge, and shoulder to shoulder in a single line the Guards took them on, bayonet to bayonet. In the center, Colonel Fawcett has his sword ripped away in the body of one Yankee soldier. Turning he grasps the musket of another attacker, pushing aside the bayonet, and head butting him with his helmet. Drawing his pistol, he shoots another in the face before clobbering the dazed foe with the butt.

                      In almost the same amount of time as it took for the 9th to cover the last hundred yards, it's over and they're running to the rear. That's the moment that Bird has been waiting for. Sitting astride his horse between the two battalions of his ersatz regiment, the brevet Lt. Col. yells to his Green Jackets. "By the Right Oblique, FIRE". A volley crashes, striking the withdrawing 9th, and turning them into a ever thinning mass of refugees, clearing the way for the Guards to also right wheel and take on the 10th, which has used this opportunity to also take their shot at turning Rainbow's flank.

                      With his blood up, Colonel Fawcett bellows "Granaten" and his guardsmen stand up in the face of the 10th, touch slow match to fuse, and hurl their second grenades of the battle. The explosions take down some men, but the shock and confusion is the primary result, and the following quick shots turn the charge into a staggering mess and then into a retreat as the Pennsylvania Reserves find themselves completely unsorted. To make matters worse, Captain Dashwood, riding to the flank, bespies the disordered ranks and immediately orders his bugler to sound the charge. Slamming into the 10th with sabers high, the cavalry finds themselves bogged down and loses several men to pockets of resistance before the 10th evaporates as well, fleeing in all directions to the rear. The scattering has a downside, as Dashwood finds himself immediately under accurate artillery fire, with shells taking down more of his men.

                      Finch's Battalion, advancing on the left of the half-brigade, has a desultory skirmish with a company of US Regulars before they fall back into the trees, the cavalry he had been firing on long since departed for the rear. Meeting Fawcett on the field, Bird, Fawcett, and Dashwood can all see the battery of Smoothbore Napoleons, protected by two more regiments moving up. And just beyond that, a forest of tents around a house that can mean only one thing, a headquarters for someone.

                      Major Holden opts to help Richter's Battery ascend the hill, his men exerting in the heat of the day to help the horses as they get the howitzers up the hill and to the lines. On the far side of the battlefield, Gardner begins to ascend his own hill, bringing his rifled guns up a smaller rise anchored on the Potomac. He can see a creek to his north, with a stone bridge crossing it, and a copse of woods below him, being entered by his own cavalry. Freeman withdraws his Orleans Blues, taking his mauled company back to the wagons where they grab canteens, some cornbread, and take time to breathe while the remaining NCOs reorganize them into a fighting force.

                      Firing on the withdrawing enemy, Bates and Leroy find that the scattering foe is no longer easy to hit. Hearing the sound of many horses, they halt, and let Hampton's Brigade have the open ground to maneuver. The attack is at once unimpressive, with companies stumbling into one another, certainly not the glittering charge that Bates had been hoping for to sweep the Yankees from the field. The Yankees manage to get off a volley which kills a number of troopers before they get their lines dressed. Finally firing and advancing mounted, the cavalry pour carbine and shotgun fire into the outnumbered Federals, driving them back to the Corn. The Federal cavalry, shadowing, easily keep ahead of the 1st NC, and continue to withdraw towards the bridge.

                      Major Pruitt, without word from Hampton on expected movements, makes for the woods to sweep them of enemies. Riding up, the Tar Heels manage to avoid any surprise as gunfire erupts from the treeline, and calmly ride into the trees before dismounting and advancing forward. Firing as they come upon the Federal company there, the Tar Heels take casualties but drive them easily from the trees, using their weight of numbers to push them. With horses coming back up they see the Yankee horse ride out into the open and take fire from the 1st NC before withdrawing across the bridge.

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                      Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                      • Everyone was so diligent in getting in their orders that I was able to update early. Thank you all. Things are shaping but this battle is most definitely not decided.
                        Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                        • Finally! The Badgers successfully climbed the hill, assisting Richter's men with pulling the artillery onto the top of hill. As soon the Badgers catch their breath and are adequately resupplied, they will move quickly to NCGG's right flank, to get a clear view of the field beneath the hill. Depending on what NCGG does next, hopefully Badgers will establish a defensive line anchoring Rainbow's right flank inside the wooded area and open fire on Yankees forming up below the hill.

                          Major Holden hopes that Colonel Fawcett is alright and his Grenadiers are in good shape to continue the fight.
                          Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

                          "Aim small, miss small."

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                          • Major Pruitt tells the Bugler to sound the Rally. Speaking to his officers he says: "Men we will ride down to the bridge, dismount, and take positions to repel any Yankees coming back up the Road. Send a messenger to the 1st NC and tell them we have the bridge and they should rejoin the rest of their Brigade. Tell them there are Yankees hiding in the Cornfields between them and the rest of their Brigade."

                            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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                            • The battery will deploy for action at the mid point of the hill and ready itself to support the advance of our cavalry.

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                              • How is our ammunition holding out, Mr T?

                                What are our rough losses if Fawcett glances around him? Are we mostly still here?
                                Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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