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  • The north side of the river was a sea of blue.

    Fawcett had heard the metaphor before, but he'd rarely seen a living example. There must be a whole division over there, he thought as he bolted down some cornbread and watched his men collect their last needle rounds from the wagons. After half a day's combat - or the madness of the last hour and a half - the enormous ammunition reserves of the entire crack brigade were beginning to run low. On the other hand...

    "Yeah, I'd say that's about right." he drawled and chuckled when the men around him glanced his way. "It looks like Little Mac is starting to take us seriously after all. What say we all go down there and give them a proper southern welcome? And the wagoneers can consolidate their rounds in one wagon while the rest swing around and collect the wounded?"

    The greenjacketed North Carolina Grenadier Guard shook out into a double line and rolled down the hill towards the Yankees struggling across the ford. Their commander's intent? To shove the new division's van back down its throat, with help from his comrades in arms. For now that means advancing to effective range to fire aimed volleys into the Federals crossing the ford.

    Fawcett waves his hat in the air, signalling a general brigade advance while the company fifes sound Bonnie Blue Flag.

    The Rebel Yell can wait.
    Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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    • A volley of musket fire erupts from the guns of the Blues, and causes little to no effect on the enemy. Exhausted and depleted the unit seems to have lost most if its fighting power. Yet, what remains of the unit might be just enough to help hold the enemy fixed until the rest of the brigade arrives to counter the enemy division. Freeman orders his men to hold tight and lay fire upon the enemy. Should the yankees be fixing to charge we will hold our volley until the last moment, trusting that the friendly units in vicinity will take care of long range fire. Remain in position and fight, die if necessary.
      Wisdom is personal

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      • Dashwood will maintain his position on the Hill, he and his men are waiting for a part of Rainbow's line to break or weaken, at which point he intends to charge in and disrupt any potential enemy exploitation.

        "This is worse than the Crimea bigawd" he mutters.
        Task Force Regenbogen- Support and Paras

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        • Reminder, Update Friday Morning, so 26-30 hours away.
          Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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          • The Dreyse rifles pouring lead into the Yankee formations, Maj Leroy observes the prelude to how future battles will be fought. No longer will it be how many men you can send but how fast they can fire and who has the most bullets. His Tigers are grateful they are not on the receiving end of their fire. There isn't much else to do in a target rich environment but Leroy knows that he must keep as many of his men alive as possible with working rifles and unlimited ammunition. His main concerns are ammunition and overheating dirty rifles. He wonders how many bullets can be fired repeatedly through these rifles before they fail? He makes sure that at any opportunity the men clean the barrels and firing pins. As well as sit, drink water and eat as we still have a long way to go before this day is through. At this range, while it seems safe, he fears that Union sharpshooters can be a threat to us so exposed. All he can do is try to spot and have his best marksmen suppress them.
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            • I have the battery switch to an mix of case and percussion shell and open as rapid a fire on the union troops as possible. "Just aim in the middle of that mass of blue down there boys and let them have it!"

              I hope that between our shelling and the fire of our boys at the bridge the union troops will crack and flee. That should disrupt their cannon fire as their own men get mixed in with their guns.

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              • Major Holden nodded as he heard NCGG sound the music as they went downhill toward Yankees fording the river to the north. He turns to his boys awaiting his orders, "Badgers! I know we're tired and been fighting for the whole day. As much as I l'd like us to rest more, it's time to get off our butts and fight once again to knock these Yankee devils off! Boys, let's make our aim true and kill every Yankee bastard!" Holden raises his saber in air and shouted the order to advance alongside NCGG's right flank.

                The Badgers will join NCGG in the fight to hold Yankees at the ford. They will advance until they are at their maximum range of the Yankee units fording the river. At maximum range, the Badgers will immediately open fire on the enemy, targeting the officers first.
                Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

                "Aim small, miss small."

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                • "Men, check your loads and your horses. We will wait right here until we get orders. If your horse needs it, pull your saddle off and rub it down. Do it fast as we don't know if we will be, moving again."

                  Major Pruitt, Tarheel Legion Cavalry
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                  Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

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                  • September 17th, 1400hrs

                    East to West:

                    Major Pruitt's men keep a watch on the rather jovial prisoners sitting down in groups nearby. Most of them hear the gunfire by the bridge. Some of them even make jokes about how they'll be swapping positions with their captors here shortly.

                    Major Finch directs his battalion onto the road, where they march for the junction, heading towards the bridge. After a couple of moments he can no longer see the newly discovered fording spot for the cornfield and his battalion simply marches on. Atop the hill, Captain Dashwood watches the situation with great interest, looking for a place where his almost exclusively melee cavalry can be put to good use.

                    At nearly the same moment, Colonel Fawcett and Major Holden realize the danger posed on the flank of the new defensive line at the ford. Rushing down the hill, the exhausted but near unscathed Badgers get into range first, taking the time to make well aimed shots at the Yankees struggling out of the ford. The Grenadier Guards go straight for the point of danger, winding up in the very corner of the cornfield where they find themselves confronted with a regimental column. Opening a rapid fire, they find that this group of Yankees is bound and determined, as they shake out into battle line, a solid column of blue behind them in the ford and on the other side. After all the fighting so far today, the Guards find themselves once again toe to toe, and as the Yankees open up a volley at their longest effective range, both sides are finding themselves to not budge the other from their task.

                    With no apparent orders, the Green Jackets halt behind the cornfield, men kneeling or sitting in formation as they await further instructions. Meanwhile, the fire from the Tigers longer-ranged rifles drives the regiment opposite them right back and out of range. The Blues and Irregulars only need stand, no one attempting the bridge.

                    The fire from Richter's Battery is brutally effective along the road, halting the column there and driving them to take cover under the slow but steady fire from the howitzers. Ignoring pure counter-battery fire, Gardner's Battery fires shell and case in a broader sheaf, aiming for the mass of Federal troops in general. Results are overwhelmingly positive, and Gardner can see through his binoculars that at least one regiment is broken up for now and a battery has been silenced. Additionally, from his vantage he can tell that the combined weight of his and Richter's fire has stalled any advance the 1st Division was attempting to make along the Mercerville Road. While on the ground it might seem that a sea of Blue has forced the ford and is threatening to overwhelm Rainbow, from the hill the proverbial light in the tunnel has been spotted.....if only the infantry can deal with the current train.

                    The artillery is not carrying the battle without loss however, and shell explosions down a couple more of the men assigned to Gardner's battery, while bolts knock out three of Richter's howitzers. The concentration on the guns does prevent the infantry from being bombarded for now, which is something. And the continued respite means that the remnants of the Jefferson Davis Legion are reformed and have re-mounted, awaiting further instructions.

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                    Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                    • Just as Yankees are climbing out of the river, Holden yells at his boys, "Open fire on them Yankee bastards! Pick your targets!" The Badgers will keep up its relentless fire on Yankees. If Yankees begin to advance toward the Badgers, then they are ordered to step back in order to keep Yankees at maximum range.
                      Last edited by Cheetah772; 18 Aug 18, 17:19.
                      Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

                      "Aim small, miss small."

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                      • With the Tigers and the artillery doing a swell enough job of covering the bridge the Blues is free to move. The unit will fall back, move behind Bates and deploy to his right, opening fire on the yankess fording the river. Freeman also chooses to send a runner to the JDL asking for immediate assistance.
                        Wisdom is personal

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                        • I direct the battery to keep firing case and shell on the regiment in front of the Yankee guns (artillery) and on the guns behind them. It is my hope that between causing both more casualties, the infantry will break or retreat and block the fire of their own guns. Better, if the Union infantry are right in front of the guns their own gun's fire will cause panic when the troops think they're getting it in the back from their own guns.
                          Last edited by T. A. Gardner; 20 Aug 18, 14:48.

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                          • Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
                            September 17th, 1400hrs
                            Major Finch directs his battalion onto the road, where they march for the junction, heading towards the bridge. After a couple of moments he can no longer see the newly discovered fording spot for the cornfield and his battalion simply marches on.
                            Good, we halt here and rest a bit, send out a picket to the front of the field, with signalers with Bates and the ACGG, inform them we're at the ready, if our assistance is required.

                            High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.

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                            • His Grenadiers low to the nape of the earth, firing and reloading their breechloaders, Fawcett sent runners to urgently call Finch and the Greenjackets to his support in throwing the Yankees back across the river.

                              A rider is sent back to ask Dashwood to come up and provide what support his cavalry can.
                              Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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                              • The Tigers will continue to hold the bridge as well the as extreme left flank if somehow any more alligator Yanks come out of the river.

                                Maj Leroy
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