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    Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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    • September 17th, 1300hrs

      East to West

      Captain Dashwood's cavalry continue to bait the Yankees in the cornfield, keeping them from going to aid their comrades lest they have cavalry ride them down from behind. With the artillery distracted, he begins to bait them a bit closer, riding fully in the open but just out of range of their fire.

      Meanwhile, the Tar Heels have something different in mind. Pulling themselves together after a disastrous pause less than a half hour before, they ride back towards the tents betraying a large headquarters. Running into a mob of fleeing Federals, the Tar Heels fire, but have little discernible effect and the yankees continue to stream NE away. This does give up the game to the headquarters party, and the Tar Heels run headlong into them, trading shots with officers and soldiers scrambling to form a defense. Riding right into the middle, Pruitt's men take some more casualties, but after a few tense moments bluecoats begin to throw down their guns.

      The Grenadier Guards go to ground, along with the Green Jackets and Finches for now, and the Badgers come streaming down the hill to get into optimum range. For the next couple of minutes it's all about the Guards and then the fire from the Badgers, as both units use the extended ranges of their weapons to cut through the stubborn artillerists. Showing a resolve beyond honorable, the gun crew manages to get one more round off, killing and wounding a few Guardsmen, before they pretty much die in place.

      Fawcett sees the 11th PA coming up, which must have been why they were holding out so desperately. Ordering the men to their feet, the whole line marches out of the brush and into its serried ranks. The 11th gets off a lone volley beside its own guns before the fury of some of Rainbow's most veteran troops unloads into their face, nearly double the number of guns as the 11th has men, and all fired by steady hands. The 11th simply evaporates, survivors streaming to the rear and throwing down their guns as they see a platoon of Tar Heels mounted at their headquarters. A mounted party rides up, Colonel Anderson offering the surrender of the remainder of 1 Corps until General Meade can be found to formally surrender it.

      Alert to the threat coming up the Mercerville Road, Bates, Freeman, Leroy, and Richter all start marching to the bridge. Being closer, Colonel Bates gets to a position just inside the cornfield in relatively good time. Pushing his Tigers hard, Leroy drives them at the double quick to a position covering the other side of the road, which will make for a good crossfire on the bridge even if his men are exposed. Both Freeman and Richter make good time but have not yet reached a position to fire when the last of the Jefferson Davis Legion rides across the bridge and to the rear to regroup.

      From his vantage on the hill, Major Gardner sits on a limber chest and watches the column hove into view, a regiment deployed in the van to drive the skirmshing cavalry before it. He can see at least three other regiments behind. Taking aim, he lets his first shells fly, Gaps appear in the columns but are quickly closed as the Union force speeds up its pace to the double. It appears the commander plans to take the stone bridge at a run with his columned troops, yet another clue that there are more brigade columns coming up behind. Gardner's men finally get the 20lb guns up onto the hill and start the loading process. With the number of guns contrasted with the number of men he has available, even his extremely well-seasoned gunners will have trouble maintaining a high rate of fire like they normally could with just their regular guns.

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      Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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      • Blues double quicks to position next to Bates and opens fire to hold the yankees at the bridge.
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        • Leaving the defense of the bridge area with local elements for now [OOC: Good luck guys!], Fawcett details Finch's command to take charge of the prisoners - after they have been safely separated from their arms and officers, they can be sent towards the rear. A runner is dispatched to bring the wagons down from Shrapnel hill to the crossroads to rearm the eastern Rainbow elements, and the Greenjackets are stood down in situ to regroup and ready themselves to head back into the fray.

          The Grenadier Guards will join them shortly, but have one more duty before they go into reserve; following Fawcett and the Federal Colonel Anderson at a distance as the duo ride towards the last formed Yankee formation facing off with Dashwood's horse.

          Fawcett will invite them to surrender (with Dashwood behind and the Guard to their rear) and hopes to add Anderson's weight to this. After all - as he puts to Anderson privately - if the Guard do have to engage it's just more dead Federals for no meaningful change to the outcome. Let his boys live.

          Once the last formation is added to Finch's bag of prisoners, the Guard stand down to rest, regroup and smoke their cigars in the ruins of I Corps' position. They do remain close together however, and keep an eye to the south.

          Dashwood is asked to shift left and reinforce Rainbow's defenses at the bridge.

          Holden is asked to rest his command and shift in support of the western engagement when he feels his men are ready.

          The battleworn Tar Heels are asked to move up the Hagerstown Pike at a walk (beside their mounts if need be) and determine what the enemy has up there, making contact with Hampton if practicable while resting their mounts.

          Once Fawcett has dismounted again, he sends a messenger with his horse south and then east in search of General Jackson's headquarters.

          General,

          I am pleased to confirm Rainbow Brigade has cut the Hagerstown Pike and seized a position between the wooded crossroads and Nicodemus Hill. I Corps' headquarters is taken, along with numerous prisoners. Believe we are in your enemy's rear at present. Hampton Lee's Brigade has passed through our position and is operating north of Mercerville against McClellan's headquarters, however a body of Federal foot is trying our left at the Potomac bridge.

          My intent to develop and hold the river crossing until the enemy is repelled, then strike north or south along the Pike according to your designs. Would a brigade in the enemy's rear be useful to your developing situation?

          Compliments of the day,

          Colonel Fawcett
          North Carolina Grenadier Guard
          Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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          • Richter's battery will continue to move as quickly as possible to reposition in support of the infantry holding the bridge as per the previous orders.
            Satis elouquentiae sapientiae parum

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            • The Tarheels pause with collecting prisoners and send patrols up the Hagerstown Pike in both directions.

              Pruitt
              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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              • Note: You can send patrols off map, or even send your whole unit off map, but once done it can't be undone. Any force you send off map will get a roll to determine if they have any effect on the wider confrontation.
                Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                • Five man patrols, so I will not have a lot of men left.

                  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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                  • Dashwoods Cavalry will do one last mock charge against the Yankees in the cornfield, letting off a loud tally Ho, before wheeling around and joining Gardeners Battery to get a view of the field.
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                    • The Tigers will begin firing volleys at our effective range at the Yanks. I do not want to get into a rifle battle with the larger unit directly opposite, keeping out of their effective range, but rather focus on the troops crossing the bridge as they will be rushing across than firing back and they will be an easier target massed on the bridge, that and once they establish a foothold on our bank will be harder to stop, especially given the men we have available here at the time. I sure hope some artillery fire will be firing this way. If our fire is not enough to stem their advance across the Tigers are ready to make a charge at the bridgehead and stop them from crossing.

                      Maj Leroy

                      OOC: Is this river fordable by infantry or cavalry?
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                      • OOC: You don't know
                        Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                        • My battery opens a sustained and aimed fire on the Yankee column approaching the bridge using a mix of shot and shell. I think to myself What a lovely target those Yankee regiments lined up in column on the road make for our guns

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                          • The Badgers will move to a position inside the western edge of woods, next to the road near the hill, facing west toward the bridge. When they reach its new position, they will rest briefly and if there are supplies nearby, get them. Send any soldier too severely wounded to be of any use back to field hospital.

                            Holden isn't too eager to rush his men into combat, though he knows how it is important to stop Yankees at the bridge. He trusts that other units more numerous and better positioned will make every effort to stymie Yankee advance until the Badgers is able to enter the fray once again.

                            Nonetheless, if any Yankee unit wanders into the range, open fire on them immediately.
                            Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

                            "Aim small, miss small."

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                            • Just to clarify, the western edge of the wood you're currently beside?
                              Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                              • Update in 24-36 hours, depending on what time on Friday I can get to it.
                                Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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