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  • Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post

    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.
    OOC: I'm not really back. Just checking the site by curiosity and found the GJ doing something quite out of character...Staying put with no orders instead of moving to the sound of the guns! Not sure if and when I will come back.



    Lt-Col Bird gets the GJ moving North through the cornfield in their typical 2-line frontage . Each company sending a few skirmishers out front looking for any hidden enemy and to advise the GJ of the end of the cornfield, so not too loose the element of surprise against an enemy on the other side of the cornfield.

    The the subaltern officers, the sergeant-major and the NCO working hard to keep the rank straight as possible, without parts moving too fast or too slow. Whatever is going to be at the other side of the cornfield, is going to meet the GJ in a close to perfect line up, ready to fire.

    Lt-Col Bird and the XO are dismounted and taking a position respectively center and right of their unit. The Sergeant-Major being on the left.

    Once the GJ start walking into the cornfield, Capt Dyers, the adjutant, stays mounted and is sent to warn Col Fawcette of the GJ movement.Another GJ trooper is sent to Finch to warn him of the GJ move.
    Last edited by Capt AFB; 21 Aug 18, 15:31.

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    • September 17th, 1420hrs:

      West to East:

      Guns roar as Gardner's Battery fires shell after shell into the Federals, to the point that with nothing to shoot at and nothing to do but stand under the ferocious shelling, they scatter. Disrupted, the Federal guns don't get many shots off, and Gardner chuckles to himself as he watches his Unionist Counterparts beating at men with the flats of their swords to get them into line and stop disrupting the guns. Richter's guns continue their slow but steady firing, and while they don't do anything more they keep the Federal column scattered and disrupted. For now, Rainbow only need deal with the troops to their direct front, without fear of more regiments coming to the ford or the bridge.

      The Tigers, and Irregulars maintain their position, ready for an attack across the bridge that continues to not materialize. Colonel Fawcett's runners notice the Jeff Davis Legion reformed on the road and give them the Colonel's orders to come to the Ford and drive the Federals back. Getting there at the same time as Freeman's runner, the Mississippians decide to follow the Colonel's command. Eschewing the cornfield, they ride around to the right. Finch's battalion gets ready but for the moment remains stationary, awaiting their major to order them to advance once again.

      Meanwhile, laying amongst the corn in their own fogbank of smoke, the Grenadier Guards are once again in the fight of their lives. The Badgers are being pushed steadily back even while they inflict casualties, giving the Federals space to deploy a third regiment, with a fourth coming right behind. Their own powder smoke is obscuring, and while they're not taking casualties, they're equally not having much of an effect on the Federal regiment in the stifling still air.

      Crouching behind his men, Fawcett can see a regiment to his front and a line of blue steadily growing to his right. Hoping his orders got through, he shouts encouragement to his men to keep firing, knowing that it's really only the psychological effect of his rapid fire that is holding the Yankees at bay, joined by the firing by the remnant of the Orleans Blues, moving up far to the Left beside Bates' Irregulars and just now firing at them in range. Cheering erupts to his front as the line of blue surges forward, three regiments wide coming down his throat.

      Even the bravest of men can flinch, and at the sight of nigh six to one odds, the Guard does. Only by the sheer force of their Colonel's will do they lay there, every man expecting to die in that black earth. Behind them and slightly to their left, the corn parts to reveal a line of green jacketed men. "Battalion! Halt! By the Right Oblique Aim! Fire!" And the Green Jackets let fly with a battalion volley into the face of their foes, three hundred rifles barking as one. While the hasty volley isn't terribly effective in causing casualties, the shock of the green jackets appearance, coupled with the fire sends that regiment reeling to the rear in disorder. And with that, the center of the Federal line is broken, but the flanks show no signs of falling back, with another regiment slogging up out of the water to take the place of the broken men.

      The immediate disaster has been averted, albeit narrowly. The tide of blue rushing to the bridge and ford has been decisively ebbed by artillery fire. But the question remains if Rainbow can hold back the wave.....

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      Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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      • When Major Holden saw that the smoke was obscuring the view of Badgers, he made a quick decision at that moment, he got up and yelled at the Badgers. "Pull back! Move to the right!"

        The Badgers will move to its right few hundred yards in an open skirmishing formation, trying to pull an unidentified (as of yet) Yankee unit off its line and facing toward us. Holden sends a runner to Jefferson Davis Cavalry Legion to see if our units can coordinate an attack on the Yankee unit on its most extreme left flank of the battle line forming on the river bank in front of us. The Badgers will maintain its maximum distance from the Yankee unit in its front.

        Holden fervently hopes that NCGG can engage the Yankee unit in its front with the Legion driving its attack into the gap between Yankee units forming on the left flank. Holden believes if this can be accomplished, it will take off pressure on NCGG as it is now facing nearly the full brunt of two Yankee units. If the Yankee unit in front of the Badgers can be pinned down, the Rainbow's right flank would be partly protected until further reinforcements can be brought forward.
        Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

        "Aim small, miss small."

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        • Blues is to hold position and fire as fast as it can. Pivot to fire the enemy in the flank if possible. Fall back and manuever to a new firing position if threatened with a hand-to-hand combat(the unit would not survive another clash).
          Wisdom is personal

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          • Richter will continue firing at the bridge with whatever guns remain to him, in a desperate attempt to keep the Federals there from rushing the bridge.
            Satis elouquentiae sapientiae parum

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            • Watching the Battle unfold below is hard for Dashwood's Cavalry. They were recruited with tales of grandeur and gallantry, their first tastes of combat being heroic charges against hordes of blue coated soldiers. However for some time their commander had held them still upon this hill, waiting his moment.

              With the breaking of the Union center, and seeing the line begin tow swing around, Dashwood saw his chance.

              "Form up, Form up men! we are going to charge the blighters! Follow me at trot, then forward to gallop, keep the standard in your eyes! We are going to turn their flank bigawd, FOR GLORY"

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              • I continue to fire shot and shell into the mass of Yankee infantry and artillery mixed on the far side of the bridge.

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                • September 17th, 1440hrs:

                  West to East:

                  Gardner's and Richter's guns fire as quickly as the gunners can cool them down. With the scattered mess that is much of the Federal Division, the effects are not as spectacular as they had been when there were orderly formations to watch shatter. In the midst of the shelling, one Federal commander at least has his wits about him, and his men prolong two guns forward of the seething mass of blue to fire directly at Richter's howitzers, dismounting one rather spectacularly with casualties amongst the crew.

                  Finch maintains his battalion in ready reserve, with no orders to advance either to the bridge or the ford. Bates and Leroy both stand ready to defend the bridge, a fear that doesn't materialize with only one formed regiment in place to do anything and the mass of the division in chaos behind them on the narrow spit of land between the creek and the Potomac.

                  Captain Freeman worries that his company will be washed away by the onrushing tide. However, being stuck on the flank of the Legendary Green Jackets is like being attached to a rock, as the disciplined soldiers load and fire in sequence. With the extra weight of the Green Jackets numbers in play, and their rate of fire being quicker than the Union troops, both units take some casualties in the exchange but continue to give better than they take.

                  Colonel Fawcett's men, laying prone at less than 200yds, fire like madmen, expending ammunition like a soldier spends money on a furlough. Their result is rather more auspicious than it had appeared it was going to be less than an hour ago, and the Federal line is stopped cold as it fires volleys, men unwilling to push further towards the cornfield and the constant fire coming from it. Fawcett knows that his Guard cannot continue firing like this much longer or they will be out of ammunition, with little left in the wagons to refill their cartridge boxes.

                  Holden's Badgers continue to fall back slowly, trying to keep their opposite number in range while picking off men and drawing them further from their main line. In one way, he is wildly successful, and the Federal troops begin to rush forward to catch his company. However, he is a bit overconfident and the federal regiment gets close enough to let fly with a volley that sends the Badgers diving to the earth. A few of his brave Georgians fail to rise once the smoke clears.

                  Spying the Federal line breaking itself up, Dashwood orders his troopers forward once more. Riding down the hill at a canter, the Jeff Davis Legion is caught up with the cavalier spirit and the mounted infantry rides right in behind him, adding weight to the charge. The regiment chasing Holden sees the horsemen late, and is only partially successful in wheeling before nearly 300 cavalry charge home. The effect is devastating, and what was moments before a formed if isolated regiment is now nothing more than fleeing refugees discarding rifles, haversacks, and cartridges as they try to get out of their disaster.

                  Seeing the end of their fellows, and with no more regiments fording the river, indeed pockets of Unionists are fording the river headed back towards Mercerville, the attack stalls. Blue-coated lines facing the cornfield that managed to prove tougher than expected fall back, forming a line protecting the ford as they begin to withdraw from the field. It would appear that though for some units the cost was outright staggering, Rainbow has managed to hold their sector. The only remaining question is if Rainbow will attempt a general advance, or be content to have eliminated the core out of a Corps and a separate Division. Messengers from Jackson ride in saying that they have achieved offensive success along the line, but with the Federal attacks on the right they had to send regiments there and their own attack has stalled with the line becoming stagnant as there is no possibility of reinforcement.

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                  Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                  • I say the battle is done, not much else we can accomplish here, especially with the rest of the army bogged down. We could try to catch the rest of the enemy units as they try to ford back over the river. A general attack with all units should lead into a complete collapse. Though we probably lack strength to take those guns on the other side.
                    Wisdom is personal

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                    • The Badgers will move to set itself alongside on NCGG's right flank and await further orders from powers that be above us. Rest and resupply if possible. Send the wounded back to the field hospital. Take inventory of men and supplies. Be on alert to move out at moment's notice.
                      Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

                      "Aim small, miss small."

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                      • Admin Note:

                        I am waiting to see if certain key players are of a mind to make any additional moves in this scenario. If not, then this scenario will have an epilogue post and we will go into Episode 6. There will be a decision posted for Rainbow in this episode for deciding exactly what sort of fight you all want episode 6 to be, so keep on the look out for the epilogue post, it'll be vitally important.
                        Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                        • I certainly have little alternative to continuing to pound the Union guns until there's little chance they can continue to fight.

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                          • Dashwood, seeing the line of blue bayonets forming a ring around the ford and a somewhat orderly retreat. A chase would be dangerous for the battered men of Rainbow, and possibly just serve as a catalyst for a union reversal.

                            Dashwood wheels his troop around and now seeks to employ his men in finding casualties and stabilizing them, running down and capturing loose horses etc.
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                            • Lt-Col Tony Bird remounts his horse to have a better view of the enemy and the field in front on the Green Jackets position.

                              The enemy threat at the bridge seemed contained.

                              The enemy at the ford seems to be trying to figure out what to do next, as Yanks are still crossing despite some disorganized units pulling back to it. Yank officers can be seen trying to stop and reorganize the panicked troops pulling back

                              It may be a case of only moving the right flank of Rainbow forward as a demonstration to encourage the Yanks to withdraw back across the ford. Another fight may not be necessary, although the GJ would be ready to use it firepower to encourage the enemy to withdraw.

                              Looking to his flanks, Bird sees the NCGG, as a well-discipline unit, quickly recovers from the unequal fight it endured and is reforming.

                              To his left, the Blues are also recovering under the strong leadership of their CO. These new troops to Rainbow saw the elephant during this battle and despite their inexperience performed, better than expected. Seeing Capt Freeman looking his way, Lt-Col Bird tips his hat towards him as a show of respect.

                              Seeing his CO back on his horse and anticipating that he will need to carry new messages, Capt Dyers approaches him.

                              "Capt Dyers", calls Bird, "return to Col Fawcett. My compliments to him and his guardsmen for a magnificent stand against a superior force. Advise him that if he desires that the Rainbow right flank move forward to push the Yanks back across the ford, the Green Jackets are ready to step forward, however they would need the Blues and the Guards to protect the flank. If our cavalry can menace the enemy East flank, as we move forward, it will help ensure that the Yanks will be more preoccupied in getting to the safety across the water than resisting our forward move. The Green Jackets will not move without support from the flanking units." That last sentence added, as Bird remembers his unit suffering too many times as its initiatives found it fighting alone without help from the flanking units.

                              As Capt Dyers leaves to find Fawcett, Capt Frumm, also remounted, comes to his CO's position. Around them, the GJ reloaded their weapon, fixed bayonets, and grabbed a quick bite and drink, as they get ready for more action. "So, Sir", says the XO, " Do you think the Yanks understand that this battle is over?"

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                              • Laying close to the nape of the earth and pouring fire into a large mass of bluejacketed foes at close range was the North Carolina Grenadier Guard's bread and butter. Time and again Fawcett had led his men to the hottest place on the battlefield, and the greenjacketed heroes had torn them to pieces again and again. True their close-ranged style had a voracious hunger for rifle rounds, but the breechloading Dreyse rifle allowed the Grenadiers to load and fire continuously without exposing themselves in the same way as their standing enemies.

                                And while Rainbow was worn by their day spent beating off and drubbing far larger enemy forces, they yet retained the legs to strike at the withdrawing Federal forces one last time as they withdrew across the river; turning a retreat into a rout and opening the roads northwards.

                                Bridge

                                Finch to skirmish against the bridge area, backed by Leroy and Bates - principal intent to fix the enemy unless an opportunity develops to charge to seize the guns.

                                Ford

                                Fawcett, Bird, Freeman to assault the south bank of the ford with support from Holden. Intent to panick and break the ordered foot attempting to file back across the ford, not to follow the Federals into the crossing.

                                Fawcett's NCGG loads from their prone position and advances with the main body, firing a volley at 180 and 100 yards before charging with a rebel yell and casting granaten at the nervous Yankee huddle.

                                Horse

                                Dashwood and Jefferson Davis Legion to menace the Federal left while remaining mounted. In the event Rainbow sends the Federal infantry into flight, both bodies of cavalry are to charge across the ford, seize the guns and go into pursuit.

                                The Tar Heels can then advance up the Hagerstown Pike and attempt to link up with our cavalry to the north.

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                                Agree with the general consensus that this is our last roll of the dice for this episode. After this, we'll likely need to regroup in situ pending strategic direction from Army.
                                Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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