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  • TacCovert4
    started a topic Rainbow Brigade, Ep. 5, Maryland my Maryland

    Rainbow Brigade, Ep. 5, Maryland my Maryland

    Two days after the briefing, Major Finch's battalion calls roll to find that fifteen men have departed in the night for points unknown. The rest seem resolved to remain with their battalion and brigade. In an effort to provide some semblance of uniformity, it seems that enterprising sergeants have scoured the Germantown field, and other captured stocks, and the entire battalion is adorned in Union cavalry hats with a very simple cloth insignia roughly sewn on the front where the crossed sabers used to be.

    Replacements are distributed to the units, with General Sennef making some alterations to the recommendations made by Colonel Bates. All of the artillerists are given colt revolvers in the Navy caliber and Sharps carbines, and the Tar Heels turn in their muzzle-loading Enfields for Sharps carbines as well. Rainbow then moves out with Stuart's Division, marching North for points unknown.

    The next couple of weeks or so are a hellacious pace of marching, though Rainbow's excellent conditioning and commitment to good footwear shows as she has the fewest number of stragglers. Many Confederate brigades are down to regimental size with attrition of the long campaigns of the summer, and many men without adequate shoes find their feet marched to ribbons on the rough macadamized surface of Northern roads. General Stuart consistently refuses to put Rainbow into the line and holds you back on multiple occasions, true to his word of considering you to be his hammer for a decisive moment.

    Through a combination of bad luck and other factors, McClellan's Army of the Potomac manages to patch itself together and come after the Army of Northern Virginia in force. With avenues to flank blocked at turns and the very real possibility of being trapped on the wrong side of the Potomac and destroyed, General Lee pulls his scattered divisions together at Sharpsburg. Stuart's Cavalry Division, now renamed a Corps, is charged with guarding the extreme left flank of the Army and tying it to the natural barrier of the Potomac.

    On the 16th, McClellan finally shows his hand, and in usual cautious fashion he probes against the division of John Bell Hood. Orders are sent to be prepared for strong attacks on the left side of the line, predominately held by Jackson's 2nd Corps. Early on the morning of the 17th, men take their positions for what everyone feels will be the decisive battle of this campaign. You all know that the Yankee has you outnumbered substantially, and your position is precarious. If McClellan is able to drive you off the field, the Army of Northern Virginia will be backed against the Potomac and annihilated. But McClellan's Army of the Potomac has been swelled with large numbers of recruits....might it be possible to hold them or even eke a victory out of what any sane man would certainly expect to be a bloody defeat?

    General Stuart advises General Sennef at his tent, with the other officers around. "Gentlemen, I've held Rainbow back from holding actions at South Mountain, Turner's Gap, and Crampton's Gap. I did that because I knew that if I husbanded your brigade carefully you would be ready to perform with aplomb at the decisive moment. Today is your moment. Rainbow will be the front line on the far left of our forces, and I am relying on you to prevent any actions against Jackson's left flank. I also trust that you might take advantage of any opportunities that present themselves for gallant action to gain advantage on the field." And with that he mounts and rides off, leaving General Sennef in charge of the field before him with the troops he has on hand. The Brigadier knows that Jackson's Corps has regiments occupying the woods on his right (from very near the edge to off-map), and with the Potomac as a barrier, any direct attack on Rainbow must come from due North. Other than that, the morning gloom gives little indication of what carnage might come during the day......

    (Map Notes: The brown irregular circles are contour lines indicating a slope of roughly 30-50ft)

    MAP

    Rainbow Forces:

    Brigade stores Unattached to units
    12 Wagons (24 men)

    Legendary Stars: 4 (+1 Marching Speed)


    Gardner’s Battery (Maj. Gardner)(TAG)
    2 x 3.5in Blakely Rifles
    4 x 10lb Parrott Rifles
    1 Wagon
    60 Men (grey-blue uniforms w/ red facings)
    Sharps Carbine, 1851 Colt Navy Revolver

    Richter’s Battery (Maj. Richter)(Exorcist)(Soldier Bonus)
    6 x 12lb Howitzers
    70 men (Dark Grey Shell Jackets/Trousers)
    Sharps Carbine, 1851 Colt Navy Revolver


    Tar Heel Troop (Maj. Pruitt)(Pruitt)(Wounded!)
    141 Cavalry (Grey Jackets, Jeancloth trousers, assorted covers)
    3 x 1860 Colt Army
    Sharps Carbine


    Sennef’s Saddle Blazers (Brig. Gen. Sennef)(Sennef)
    138 Cavalry (blue/grey uniforms, Crimson Cavalry Hats some with ostrich plumes)
    Tranter Revolver
    Saber
    Sharps Carbine


    Bird’s Green Jackets (Maj. Bird)(Capt AFB)(Businessman Bonus)(+2 Musketry)
    380 Infantry (Green Sack Coats and Trousers)
    Jaegergewehr 1856/59 / Bayonet (+50% ammo)
    Bowie Knives/Hatchets
    Wagon of Supplies and Ammunition in personal stores (+50% ammo when stationary for 1hr)

    Finch’s Battalion (Maj. Finch)(Snowy)
    291 Infantry (Variety of Homespuns, good boots, Cavalry Hats)
    1853 Enfields/Bayonets
    Shovel or Axe per man

    Bates’ Company (Maj. Bates)(Sen)(Businessman Bonus)
    152 Infantry (Green Sack Coats, Butternut Trousers)
    Calisher & Terry Carbines
    Single-shot Pistol
    Dirk

    Tiger Rifles (Maj. Leroy)(Fritgern)(Soldier Bonus)(+2 Melee)
    240 Infantry (Blue/White Striped Pantaloons, Red Shirts/Blue-Red Jackets), Straw Hats & Fezzes)
    1841 Dreyse Rifle (Adds Capt. Von Trapp)
    Cutlasses

    Georgia Badgers Militia (Maj. Holden)(Cheetah)(Businessman Bonus)(Wounded)
    150 Infantry (Solid Green Sack Coat and Trousers, Brown leathers, brogans and Slouch Hat)
    Whitworth Rifles w/Globe sights (1200yd range)
    Kerr Revolvers
    1796 Heavy Cavalry Sword (carried on baldric)

    Orleans Blues (Maj. Freeman)(Businessman Bonus)
    188 Infantry (Grey Sack Coats, Trousers, Kepi)
    1853 Enfield Rifle-Musket, Bayonet
    Single-shot Pistol

  • 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.

    OOC:
    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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