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Rainbow Brigade, Ep. 5, Maryland my Maryland

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  • TacCovert4
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    All done.

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  • Frtigern
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    Add the 2 extra guns to Bate's Irregulars bringing their number of guns to 4. I am assuming they come with 12 more gunners?
    Finchs' Battalion gets 10 replacements, bringing number to 241
    Tiger Rifles get 20 replacements, bringing number to 240

    Lt. Col Leroy, 2nd Rainbow Regiment

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  • Capt AFB
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    Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
    Well, with 5 for Baltimore, 1 for Washington, and one for "Attacking Washington is Insane", I think Baltimore is the clear frontrunner here. Thanks for the experiment in letting you all do some choosing on this part of the campaign. I will start working on a map and a flavor post will go up in the next couple of days.
    Don't misread Bird's recommendation - Back to Virginia is the GJ preferred option, staying close to our supply line and public support is my reasoning why. Marching to Washington or Baltimore are the less preferred COAs. If you can't count me as a Virginia option, add me to the "Attacking Washington is Insane' category!

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  • TacCovert4
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    Done

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  • Pruitt
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    Since the Tarheels are in a much better shape (133 men), Dashy's Troop will get any extra men until they reach equal numbers.

    Major Pruitt, Tarheel Legion Cavalry

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  • TacCovert4
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    1st Regiment has completed their reorganization. Leroy and Pruitt, keep in mind the troops and equipment you were allotted and how you want to distribute them.

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  • TacCovert4
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    Well, with 5 for Baltimore, 1 for Washington, and one for "Attacking Washington is Insane", I think Baltimore is the clear frontrunner here. Thanks for the experiment in letting you all do some choosing on this part of the campaign. I will start working on a map and a flavor post will go up in the next couple of days.

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  • T. A. Gardner
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    Attacking Washington is insane. I will go with whatever else the brigade elects to do.

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  • TacCovert4
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    Mid-terms, Presidential Election isn't until 1864. But a third of the Senate and the entire House is up for re-election.....

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  • Pruitt
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    Remember the Presidential elections about to be held. IRL Lincoln was able to claim Sharpsburg as a victory.

    Major Pruitt, Tarheel Legion Cavalry

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  • Legatus Augusti
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    Just arrived from the Prussian heartland of Brandenburg, er...North Carolina, Hauptmann er...Captain, Augustus looked around the camp. “Also, das ist Regenbogen-Brigade.” He quickly reminded himself to use English when speaking to his fellow officers in his new unit.

    When first briefed on this mission by Prime Minister Bismarck himself, Augustus could hardly believe his ears. A veteran of the recent fighting in Schleswig-Holstein, the prospect of leaving his homeland to fight in someone else’s war was not immediately attractive. Of course, Augustus had come around to the idea when informed that his main role would be to test and develop new light infantry tactics suited to “modern warfare,” whatever that meant. The deal was sealed when Bismarck acquiesced to his demand that he be given an experienced core of men around which to form this volunteer company.

    Even so, standing in the camp in Maryland that evening, it was still a bit hard to believe. When he heard there was a question put to Rainbow’s commanders about whether to push forward or retreat his answer was swift: “My men and I did not match all the way from...North Carolina...to turn back now. On to Baltimore!”

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  • Khryses
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    OOC: My fear is we cannot take DC and will get stuck in front of it, withering on the vine with the A ot P behind us.

    We'll end up forced to attack in one direction or the other, and then get struck in the rear by the Army or the Washington reserves.

    Given how nervous Lincoln has been about a confederate army being too close to DC, I predict him to pull out all the stops if we're nearing Baltimore. I'm not especially interested in storming or occupying the place, but if we can march in and drive out the occupation force - and then simply leave and/or rip up the railroads heading south to DC I think we can reliably call it a black eye for the Republican administration.

    If the enemy comes for us, we can drub him on our chosen ground. If he doesn't, we can march on up the east coast until he does, or civilian support for the war drops through the floor.

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  • TacCovert4
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    OOC: Just to note what you do and don't know.

    Washington DC is ringed with fortifications that have been started since pretty much 1st Manassas and are constantly being improved. You don't know how many troops would be there, but you know they would have their own forces separate from the AotP.

    Baltimore has had to be pacified due to riots, you got word of that. So you know that there are some Federal troops garrisoning the place, but they're more an occupation force than manning outlying defenses. Also there is the Navy Yard there, so it's likely that Marines and Sailors are there as well.

    As far as the Rail Net goes, most of it goes to Baltimore and then down to DC. So Baltimore is the spinal cord if DC is the brain.

    But yes, your ways home are limited if for some reason you were to decide to just sit in Baltimore.

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  • Frtigern
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    I see the logic of withdrawing as we can be connected to our supply lines but that only seems to prolong the war. Baltimore sounds like a ripe choice but like Pruit and Holden warn, maybe Rainbow's downfall if we end up getting cut off and how reliable is their support there? Do we have concrete numbers of men, material, and supplies? I'm leaning towards Washington, a symbol of Federal power so close to Confederate territory. Even if we cannot hold it, the morale effect of losing the seat of their power could cast despair over the whole Union. Both are risky due to the Yanks' better logistics near Washington.

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    Are the two extra guns for 2nd Rainbow still available? I have proposed a tentative plan for now. Is Sen still active? If I don't hear from either of them before the next mission I plan on making Bates' Irregulars a regimental battery of a fashion, concentrating our firepower. As for the 30 reinforcements I want to evenly distribute them between Finchs' and the Tigers to bring both battalions to the same number. Finch will get 10 men and the Tigers will get 20 men. Bringing the number of Finchs' Battaltion up to 241 and the Tigers up to 240.

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  • Cheetah772
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    Major Holden rises from his chair and cleared his throat. He slowly looked around the room, taking a moment to glance at each battle hardened veteran officer. Holden nodded at everyone in the room and finally spoke up after a few moments of silence.

    Sirs all, I bow before your superior expertise in the matters of war for I am but a simple major commanding the best sharpshooters in the world, if I may boldly say so. Thus, I beg you all to indulge me for few moments as your humble servant offers few words of caution on the excitement to direct the wrath of our army at Baltimore.

    Though I am but a simple man, it has been my observation that despite trouncing of Union armies at our hand, Lincoln is not so inclined to give up easily for our sake. He firmly believes our fight is rebellion and without any just cause whatsoever. Therefore, even if our army somehow manages to march across the breadth of Maryland, defeating Union army that still stubbornly clings to the vain hope of scoring a decisive victory over us, and Baltimore is liberated from the hands of corrupt politicians like Lincoln is, I doubt Lincoln will then be finally persuaded to surrender on our terms.

    By liberating Baltimore, we become fixated to its location. We will be beholden to Baltimore's fate for good or bad. Even with Baltimore in our hands, Lincoln is not completely cut off. He can always relocate to another city with all trappings of federal government intact. Unionist congressional members will truly want to travel with him, as falling in our hands will wound their pride. He can continue wage war on us, Union's almost limitless resources in manpower will not suddenly diminish should Baltimore fall, nor do I think Union's excitement for battle will wane at last. As for us, we cannot move far away from Baltimore, there is not enough manpower and even time to train fresh recruits that may be drawn from the city itself, and what about supplies? I do think Lincoln will order all food supplies to be carried off to friendlier territories or else he will desire to burn them to prevent us from obtaining them.

    I shall follow whatever your wishes are, because as I said above, I am not a master of tactics and strategy. I can only go with experience I have obtained by sweat and blood in the course of this cursed war. My experience tells me even though we are the most victorious army in the world, victory is something we have to hold onto, or else like a wild horse, she will run away from us. I think it is prudent that we fight every battle defensively rather than offensively as I feel we will take less casualties and make Union work for every inch they advance upon us.


    After his speech, Holden sat down with his legs crossed like a fine gentleman he is and looked up awaiting for some pearls of insight from the military experts in the room, especially of Fawcett.

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