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  • Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
    Just to clarify, the western edge of the wood you're currently beside?
    Yes, that is correct.
    Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

    "Aim small, miss small."

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    • September 17th, 1320hrs....

      East to West:

      Captain Dashwood makes a mock charge, pulling up well short and out of range before giving a jaunty wave and riding to the West. A few minutes later, Colonel Fawcett and Colonel Anderson ride up on the polyglot Yankee Battalion. With the Grenadier Guards on the move, they decide to join their brethren, seeing little point in attempting to fight any further. With that done, Fawcett accepts the surrender of General Meade, located in a toppled tent, and stands his men down for a couple of minutes to get water. Major Pruitt sends riders up the pike, and a few minutes later one returns, saying that they've gone up the road near a mile and haven't come across any Yankees to their North yet.

      But while the fight against the I Corps is over, the battle of the bridge has just begun, and most of the big battalions are better than a half-mile from it.

      Atop his new hill, Gardner observes as his gunners open up on the column. Shells burst in the Yankee regiments as they advance at the double quick to get across the bridge. Bodies are flung into the air by 20lb shells or laid low by shells from the smaller rifles. He notices that one of his guns isn't firing, and limps over. It seems that while it didn't burst, the 20lb Parrott has developed a crack, rendering this gun unserviceable. Despite the fire, the Union force keeps pushing forward in a bid to get across the bridge.


      With bluecoats on the bridge, the Tigers open fire at long range, making sure they're out of range of the regiment in line on the far side of the creek. Their rifles rapidly take a toll on the first regiment trying to cross the bridge. Though the range is a bit long, Bates men fire as well, having a smaller effect. Captain Freeman and Richter rush their own forces into place to support their comrades in holding the bridge. Richter's battery is still loading shell when the next regiment tries the bridge, the volume of fire being poured into the Yankees turning the bridge into a charnel house of dead and wounded, making charging across it impossible.

      From his vantage, Gardner can see that the column of Yankees coming up is more than a single brigade. And he spots something else, enough guns for four field batteries moving into position near the bridge. And still there's another attempt by a regiment to get across the stone bridge and onto Rainbow's side of the creek.

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      • Blues will continue laying fire on the bridge. Hopefully, the enemy units are screening us from the enemy artillery; if not, and in case casualties start mounting from artillery fire or musketry, the unit will fall back towards Richter's unit(and remain there, falling back no further, to protect the battery from enemy infantry). Send a runner to Dash and ask him to use a mounted courier to inform the rest of the Rainbow units that the final yankee push is about to begin and must be contained, and should they manage to cross the bridge a flank attack would be advisable.
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        • Turning over the crossroads to Major Pruitt with instructions to take over the prisoners, picket and hold it with his exhausted troopers, Fawcett sends Bird westward down the road towards the crackle of rifle fire. Once the Tar Heels have relieved him, Finch is to follow.

          Orders given, Fawcett leads the Grenadier Guard back up onto Shrapnel Hill, assisting their wounded to the safety of the crest and relieving wounded and fallen alike of their leftover rounds. Collecting Holden's company en route, the Badgers and the Grenadiers collect their full loadout, a draught of water and a mouthful of food.
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          • The Badgers follow Colonel Fawcett's lead.
            Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

            "Aim small, miss small."

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            • Maj Leroy sends a runner to the Colonel to advise if they know if the river is fordable anywhere, especially from the east. Noting his fears that the amount of Union artillery being brought up is going to be a problem and maybe there can be a way to flank around them and neutralize their artillery. The Yanks are probably also looking for alternate routes to break out so it would be nice to know where they will be coming from.
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              • Richter will continue to pour fire onto the bridge. The massed ranks there seem ripe for a whiff of grapeshot if they get close enough.
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                • Update on Tuesday.
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                  • Originally posted by Frtigern View Post
                    Maj Leroy sends a runner to the Colonel to advise if they know if the river is fordable anywhere, especially from the east. Noting his fears that the amount of Union artillery being brought up is going to be a problem and maybe there can be a way to flank around them and neutralize their artillery. The Yanks are probably also looking for alternate routes to break out so it would be nice to know where they will be coming from.

                    OOC: Not that I'm aware of - we're in Maryland, so do we know of anything along these lines Mr T?
                    Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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                    • There were some Maryland Troops in some Virginia Regiments. The Maryland units formed at the beginning of the war did not survive when the short term units were converted into long service units. Most of Confederate sympathizers were in the Baltimore/Annapolis areas. Western Maryland was overwhelmingly Unionist.

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                      • Dashwood is going to head up the hill to get a good vantage if the enemy forces, and weigh up what flank to arrange on, or even consider a charge down the middle should the conditions prove favourable.
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                        • The battery will engage the Union batteries in deliberate aimed fire with the intent to disrupt their deploying into battery

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                          • Originally posted by Khryses View Post
                            (). Once the Tar Heels have relieved him, Finch is to follow.
                            Finch will reorganize in column, then does a quick inspection in regard to remaining numbers and readiness of his unit while waiting for the Tar Heels.

                            Once relieved, he'll start his column along the indicated route.


                            OOC : Thanks to all who kept Finch battalion in the field in my absence, I should be able to assume my usual routine from here
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                            • September 17th, 1340hrs:

                              West to East

                              Gardner spies his natural quarry spinning around and beginning to unlimber. Sixteen guns worth of what appear to be Parrotts or Ordnance Rifles, and he knows he must quickly silence them or be in for yet another massive artillery duel. His first hurried shots are miserably inaccurate, gunners taking too little time to aim in their mad scramble to put rounds on target, and while shells land amongst some of the yankee infantry, none appear to impact the grand battery forming up across the creek. His next shots are more deliberate, killing a number of men and unseating a gun or two from the looks of it. But the delay has given at least some of the Federal batteries time to load. From across the water, great guns roar as well, aimed directly at his battery atop the hill. And their effect is as equally dismal as his own first volley, shells bursting short or harmlessly sailing over his gunners heads to burst behind them.

                              Meanwhile, without the rifle shells going off on the bridge, the final regiment in the first brigade rushes to get across in the teeth of small arms fire. The Blues fire, but with the onrush of Yankeedom directly at them, their kneeling volley is rushed and at the long range does little more than put out a puff of dense smoke betwixt the two. At extreme Range the Irregulars still prove to be a bit more effective, steadier and more experienced troops able to pour out a hail into the beaten zone. Richter's Battery seems to have some trouble with all the intervening smoke obscuring their view of the bridge and a number of shells explode short or long. But the real salvation of Rainbow is in the hands of the Tigers. Major Leroy calling the cadence of their fire, his Dreyse rifles bark a steady stream of lead across the bridge, reducing a marching regiment into men crawling out of the beaten zone of their fire and unable to effectively push.

                              Unfortunately for the valiant defenders of the Stone Bridge, it seems that the Yankees are able to find one area shallow enough to ford, even though they do so with some difficulty. And equally unfortunate is the continued stream of Yankee regiments entering the battlefield. The Jeff Davis Legion, now reorganized beside their horses and ready for an assignment from a senior leader, was not jesting when they said a whole division was coming down the road. Based on the colors, it appears that Couch's 1st Division of the IV Corps is coming at them, though no one can pick out a command party as of yet in the sheer mass of men, at least two thousand now, in view between clouds of smoke from guns, muskets, and shells.

                              Bird leads his Green Jackets at the march West, following the road to the sound of the guns. Getting his own men and the Badgers, Colonel Fawcett climbs back onto Shrapnel Hill, where his men grab water, a bite of cornbread, and runners bring ammunition from the wagons, for the first time the huge stores of rounds carried by Rainbow seem to be nearing exhaustion after half a day's constant fighting. There' he's joined by Captain Dashwood, as the three officers observe the enemy start to struggle through the running water away from the bridge, regiments arraying in battle line by the bridge to try to drive back Rainbow's infantry there in a long-range duel.

                              With Major Pruitt's troopers close at hand, Finch's Battalion is free to march back to the fight as well, albeit belated, and they form into column and march West. Coming out of the wood along the road, Finch can also see an ominous column of blue-clad soldiery slowly moving towards the creek itself rather than the bridge. With the battle now in its eighth hour, and the men of Rainbow heavily fatigued from several hours of engagement apiece, an observer must wonder if they will be able to hold back this tide, and whether it's the vanguard of a Corps attack on the flank, or the last gasp of a desperate McClellan to rescue his ailing fortunes......

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                              Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                              • . Finch's Battalion is free to march back to the fight as well, albeit belated, and they form into column and march West. Coming out of the wood along the road, Finch can also see an ominous column of blue-clad soldiery slowly moving towards the creek itself rather than the bridge......
                                Finch directs his column a little to the left to gain the road and march behind the cornfield instead of straight through it.

                                He himself stays on the right, closely observing the enemy efforts to cross the river, ready to deploy to counter any attack that may materialize from that direction.
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