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  • Rough losses are something approaching a third. And ammunition could use some time to resupply after those fights.
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    • Blues continues to rest. Freeman is wondering if some of those enemy guns can be brought back to action
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      • Overall the guns have been spiked. They can be brought back into action, but only with tools that aren't typically on hand for a unit in contact. For this timeframe, don't consider any of the spiked gun batteries as able to be brought back into action.
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        • The Yanks were nearly shattered by General Hamptons cavalry, but few units remained in the cornfield. They could most likely act, but they would need some time to regroup.

          Colonel Bates sends a rider to bring orders to Green Jackets. The forces on the hill should take defensive positions after pushing remaining Yanks from the hill. They are to resupply and rest for short time.

          Another rider is send to Gardner who is instructed to shoot at the Yanks in the cornfield if they decide to regroup or if Confederate forces are going to attack them. They should be kept away.

          Blues and Tigers should rest and resupply before moving to Bates location. This force is to act as Brigades reserve and should move quickly either towards the cornfield or towards the eastern portion of the hill.
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          • Fawcett orders his men to regroup and ready to move forward. He wants to rest them and bring them back into reserve for a spell after the heavy fighting they've just been through, but despite their losses the North Carolina are one of the healthier Rainbow formations on the field. He details a party of ten men to see the wounded to the house on the Mercerville Rd just SW of the abandoned 12lb gun and then return to the unit.

            A runner is sent to the NCGG ammunition wagons to confirm their location and come up to the south face of Shrapnel hill on their arrival. The NCGG will fall back by platoons to reload if they are still required to be on the line at this stage. Fallen or wounded Grenadiers coming off the line will yield their remaining rounds to the able-bodied Guardsmen still in the fight.

            A runner is sent to Richter and Gardner, urging those worthies to bring their guns up to Shrapnel Hill at their earliest convenience to command the local battlefield. Local intelligence is provided regarding the Federal attack approaching the hill.

            Fawcett's 2nd Lieutenant is sent to speak with Captain Dashwood, conveying the Colonel's request for his glorious horse to move (at a walk and outside enemy range) down the hill and to the east, menacing the enemy's flank or headquarters and ideally pinning one of the Federal regiments now approaching the hill in a blocking position. Even without regrouping, Rainbow's elements on the crest of the hill should be able to repel a single-regiment attack handily.

            Fawcett directs Finch and Bird to advance their line (with the Guard) until the whole is within the treeline (approx 20 yards by my estimate?) . The Guard then prepare their section of the line with fallen tree limbs and the enemy fallen (while staying low). Any enemy wounded who are identified in the course of this operation are granted liberty to return safely to their own lines provided they throw down their weapons and place their hands in the air. Enemy wounded who are not able to walk or crawl back to their own lines are invited to surrender, and be drawn to safety behind the Confederate line.
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            • Planning for Update on Friday as usual. Thursday Evening EST if all orders are in.
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              • The Tarheels will reload their weapons, check their horses and defend the bridge until called upon.


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                • Dashwood will follow the request of Mr Fawcett, resting his troop and keeping a wary eye out for sharpshooters and the like his lads are large targets.
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                  • Finch rejoins his battalion - for the next update though I'll just confirm K.'s orders to make speed.

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                    • I think we're just waiting on Frit here.
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                      • OOC: Sorry about that.

                        The Tigers will rest with the Blues and acts as part of the Brigade reserve.
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                        • September 17th, Noon.

                          West to East:

                          Major Pruitt's Tar Heels, in concert with the 1st NC, ride up to the bridge. The Yankee Cavalry wisely decides not to contest this side, and withdraws. Major Pruitt stops beside the bridge and begins engaging their skirmish line with his own, just as the 1st NC is doing. After a few minutes, the roar of big guns sounds, and shell starts to fall on the other side of the bridge, Gardner's battery in place to fire. Despite a short but cursory defense of the bridge, the Yankee cavalry is forced to disengage, and the 1st NC mounts up and rides North out of sight.

                          Meanwhile, in the cornfield, Hampton's other two regiments dismount and advance on the Yankees in a skirmish line, surrounding them on two sides. Richter's Battery, seeing the move, fires a single volley of shell into the corn before continuing with their own move to support the other portion of Rainbow once they receive word from Col. Fawcett. After nearly forty five minutes under fire, individual bluecoats are seen running to the rear without rifles, and a white flag is seen above the corn. General Hampton accepts the surrender of Colonel Phelps, and it appears that the Eastern Iron Brigade is officially disbanded by fire. Hampton has lost around a hundred men of his nine hundred or so, and sends his wounded to the rear with a company, escorting the prisoners back South. With that done, General Hampton gives a jaunty salute to Bates, who has been having that flank of Reorganize after the morning's fighting, and then rides across the bridge in pursuit of his 1st NC Regiment.

                          The Tigers and Blues, as well as the Irregulars, take time to rest, do some rudimentary cleaning of arms, and resupply. Food is gotten out of the wagons, as is water as the day gets nigh unseasonably hot for September in Maryland. With this part of Rainbow fully supplied, the teamsters urge their wagons up Shrapnel Hill towards the other units of Rainbow.

                          All along the remainder of the line, the troops rest, refit, and prepare for further actions. Colonel Fawcett sends out runners as well as Colonel Bates. The only movements, however, are the Badgers, who form a skirmish line on the Guards right flank, and Dashwood's Cavalry, which take a more circuitous route around the flank of the Yankees to scout. Dashwood receives some fire from the guns, but regards it as little more than a nuisance before he rides out of their line of fire. As he approaches the other side of the Corn, however, he can see that the Yankee commander has placed what looks to be a double-strength company on the edge of the field in a blocking position. Dashwood knows that his cavalry aren't particularly well-equipped for fighting in the woods, and doesn't move all the way around as of yet. Colonel Fawcett, touring the line, is able to develop that the Union General has built a defensive line covering the open ground where the road crosses through the small wood, and stretching to the cornfield.

                          Rainbow has had a hard fight this morning, but the battle is not nearly won yet, and from the sounds to their far right by Longstreet's Corps the fighting there is far in excess of anything they dealt with this morning. Overall, morale is high, and with time the men are getting water, food, and ammunition. Overall, casualties appear to be around 500-550 out of an original starting strength of around 1900 men. Hardest hit are Richter's Battery, the Blues, and the Irregulars, who are down to or just under half strength. Among the other units, the Green Jackets and Finches are the freshest, with the Tigers stubbornly ready as well.

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                          • Freeman sees his men have had a bit of a rest, and perhaps recovered some of their nerves. Seeing that the situation has calmed down he wonders what the next move will be. The Tar Heels, Gardner, and the Tigers seem likewise without orders at the moment, with the sporadic gunfire from the other side of the hill meaning that the fight still goes on.

                            After briefly thinking about the matter, Freeman sends runners to the aforementioned units, suggesting that it might be possible to form up in the cover of the cornfield near the Tar Heels, and from there strike the flank of the yankees; if artillery alone is not enough. The river would seemingly protect our own flank as we form up.
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                            • The Badgers will do nothing but to improve its position defensively and rest a bit while getting resupplied. Should Yankees wander into the range, open fire on them at will.
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                              • Update scheduled for Tuesday unless all orders come in early.
                                Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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