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Rainbow Brigade, Episode 6: A Bridge on the River Patapsco

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  • Just waiting to see what the commanders have in mind. I'm thinking we should disengage the cavalry, and reform them behind the lines to the north side of the hill, to wait and see what develops in the infantry fight, and to guard their rear from the at least one yankee cavalry unit that is behind us. The JDL should perhaps stay at the bridge looking after the baggage train, and keeping the line of retreat open. But I will wait and see what those of higher rank think best.
    Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the cheesemakers

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    • (I picked up a pretty nasty bug when I was away, and going to be down and out for a bit. So if K is around, he will need to take command again or perhaps Finch who is the next in line.)

      Bird is disappointed with himself. He did not want to get heavily engaged in a screening battle, and here he is sending Rainbow troops against a strong enemy in a piecemeal fashion. He was expecting more from NCGG with there fast firing weapons, but the Yankees turned out to be strong experienced troops.


      Calling his unit commanders he offers four COAs...

      COA 1 - Move NorthEast, and bring the full forces of Rainbow against the Yanks in front of them and go join the rest of the troops on "Mount Canton" - If Rainbow succeeds, this will have a demoralizing effects against the Yank militia and allow Rainbow to capture a strong position on the Mountain top. If Rainbow fails against a stronger enemy, Rainbow becomes history...

      COA 2 - Withdraw the screen (Tar Heel, Dashy, NCGG) behind the main Rainbow position to act as reserve, leaving the front line troops duke it out with the advancing Yanks.Rainbow can probably hold, but when the fog lifts and the Yanks bring in their artillery, Rainbow may be in a bad position and will need to withdraw to the bridges for survival.

      COA 3 - Using the rest of the fog as cover, withdraw Rainbow behind the two hills to adopt a Reverse Slope position, ie having the top of the hills in Rainbow rifle range so that any Yanks coming over the hill will be targets, including any artillery piece they would want to deploy. Rainbow will need to have its flanks protected from any Yanks coming around the hills.

      COA 4 - Using the rest of the fog as cover, quickly move South East and follow the Baltimore Pike, bumping off less experienced troops as Rainbow reach Canton and establishes an all-around defense in an urban area. This will only work if the strong Yank troops to the NE does not follow Rainbow and hits it in the rear.

      Looking at his unit commanders to listen to their comments or perhaps suggest a new COA, Bird first orders an messenger to the Tar Heels to withdraw to safety behind the Rainbow lines and then to travel North to find the Rainbow battery and provide an escort. The JDL can stay with the supply train and protect the route across the bridge.

      On that, Bird suddenly feels very dizzy and falls off his horse, face first,and is knocked out. His last thought being "This is not the time for being sick, in the middle of a battle..."



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      • Maj Frumm looking around him just knows that LtCol Bird will be disappointed in him. Half the Green Jackets strength as disappeared trying to move against a Yankee bullet spitting machine. He should have withdrew his force to the woods behind him, but trying to put an end to this massacre he gets the Green Jackets to charge. His only hope now is having the Badgers sneak behind the Yanks and perhaps capture one of the devil's machine.

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        • Orders will be locked in at 1800hrs EST tomorrow, 3/18.

          -Snowy, given that Bird considers you to be next under him in command, if you want to pick a COA and order same in lieu of Bird or Fawcett having RL time to give orders, feel free to do so and It'll be considered standing orders.
          Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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          • Anything but 1 and 4. They are strong and not the least bit green. Complex maneuvers in the face of fire is courting danger. We've tried it twice today, and both times came off worse the wear.

            2 has problems that if arty is brought up then weight of numbers and firepower would be an issue. That said - if they want the road it will cost them dearly. 3 is interesting, but it means maneuver in the fog and under attack. It probably has the best merits, but also isn't something that you'd want the Yankees to see happening. Disorganized troops are dead troops.

            I'd lean toward 2, and hope we can give them a bloody nose before the heavies are deployed.

            In any event I think that the cav should reform behind the lines, to act as a reserve, and to keep a watch on the Yankee cav last seen looting the train. If needed Dashy's boys can dismount and act as infantry while what is left of the Tarheels can keep the road open. This is now an infantry fight though. You may have sore need of the cav to screen you should you be roughly handled. We cant do that if our horses are blown or dead.

            Also I would like permission to detach my guns to support Finches lads while we reform.
            Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the cheesemakers

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            • Freshly returned to the front with Gardner's guns in train, and despite the confusion of the fog Fawcett soon had enough of an understanding of the relative positions based on riders from the fallen Bird to give his directions.

              All Rainbow formations, assume CoA 3.

              The Grenadiers and Jaegers should form on the central saddle of the two hills, behind the main crests but with a good interlocking field of fire covering the Baltimore Pike where it divides the position.

              Rainbow elements can work quickly to use wood and branches from the local woodland, combining this with our quick shovel work to fortify our position as best we can before the Federals come over the hill. No more than 2/3 of each command to work on fortification while the last third stands heavy picket with loaded weapons aimed towards the lip.

              Pruitt and Dashwood's commands are to screen the infantry's withdrawal, and then dismount in the rear of our position facing the Federal cavalry towards our rear - primarily to rest, but also to ensure we aren't wide open towards our rear before we are properly dug in. They should stand ready to mount and cover Gardner, if required.

              Gardner's command will move quickly south to take up position behind and to the left of Rainbow's left flank; there to take anyone flanking the hills under heavy fire and also direct fire in support of the detached Rainbow elements currently fighting on the northern ridge when visibility permits. In the event cavalry surprises them from the rear, the gunners are explicitly ordered to abandon their pieces and retreat into the nearest fortifications until Confederate cavalry and infantry reclaims the battery.

              The JDL is directed to escort the wagon train into our immediate rear and then join ongoing cavalry operations.
              Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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              • As commanded sirrah. And my arty? I need orders for them.
                Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the cheesemakers

                That's right bitches. I'm blessed!

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                • Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
                  -Snowy, given that Bird considers you to be next under him in command, if you want to pick a COA and order same in lieu of Bird or Fawcett having RL time to give orders, feel free to do so and It'll be considered standing orders.
                  There seems to be no shortage of orders atm...some units have a choice of orders even

                  Implement what is written for now and we'll take it from there - tnx.

                  Leroy appears in danger of close assault, tell him I trust his experience to keep his men in rifle range, but out of bayonet range.

                  Bird announced his own absence - but Fawcett is back on the field, we'll see where the pieces fall, try to make not too long a turn so everyone has a chance to react to events..

                  I'm back to my regular routine now, so I'm here 5 days a week as before.
                  Last edited by Snowygerry; 18 Mar 19, 05:58.
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                  • Yes, do apologize about that. Barring anything different I'll interpret your command guidance in the following way:

                    Leroy to move to reverse-slope position as ordered and to keep in rifle range while avoiding close combat (yes, his men can do it, honestly the Tiger Rifles relish close combat in a quasi-religious way).

                    Finch's Battalion to maintain current position (partially entrenched) and to continue to improve said position against rifle and shellfire.
                    Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                    • Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
                      Yes, do apologize about that.
                      Eh, no need for that, we haven't been exactly behaving as a well-organized unit, orders coming a bit from anywhere, it would be understandable if our movements reflect that to some degree.

                      But I do feel it is time for the enemy to move a bit, and for us to shoot some, before we give yet more orders..


                      Edit, in fact I had to smile when Bird presented no less than four different battle plans for us to choose from before he fell of his horse there
                      Last edited by Snowygerry; 18 Mar 19, 10:45.
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                      • Oh, I'm pretty sure that as the fog lifts you'll get all the shooting that you want.
                        Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                        • Sounds like we are facing a Gatling Gun in front of us. We need to answer it with Artillery and sharpshooters.

                          Major Pruitt, Tarheel Legion Cavalry
                          Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

                          Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

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                          • Originally posted by Pruitt View Post
                            Sounds like we are facing a Gatling Gun in front of us. We need to answer it with Artillery and sharpshooters.

                            Major Pruitt, Tarheel Legion Cavalry
                            Well, in front of Bird, and no one knows of this 'Gatling' Gun of which you speak but if it's a single gun spitting out the firepower of a battalion firing by file, then it sounds terrifying. Fortunately, if that's what it is, then it apparently needs time to reload or it has moved for the moment.
                            Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                            • 0620hrs:

                              North to South:

                              The fighting on Mount Catons is savage, but the Federal troops there are decidedly not up to the quality of the Blues and Green Jackets, and their fortifications are primarily faced the wrong way. After a few minutes, the pressure breaks the Union troops and they go streaming off the hill, leaving a number of wounded to be captured along with a trio of 20lb Parrott rifles mounted on the fortification, with two pointed towards the bridge and one hastily trained North, obviously responsible for the massive spray of canister earlier. The fog clearing, the Badgers find themselves a bit close to the reforming federals and fall back a distance to make sure they're out of range of that strange looking gun before they kneel in the grass and start training their rifles. Major Frumm determines that the Blues have 110 effectives and have retained their two small howitzers, while the Green Jackets have 210 effectives remaining.

                              The Grenadier Guards, Jaegers, and Tar Heels hear the command and move to withdraw, firing rapidly before falling back. However, despite the efforts of Dashwood's cavalry to screen them, a number are hit with gunfire as they fall back, or with gunfire from the three gun batteries now unmasked by the fog. To the rear, only 70 Grenadiers, 110 Jaegers, and 50 Tar Heels are mustered fit for battle. True to their name, Dashwood's light cavalry manage to fire a couple of mounted volleys and withdraw, never slowing their horses once and leaping over Finch's hasty works to make good their escape with a scant 10 men lost. Forming up and rejoining their own pair of howitzers, they spot a mob of Yankee Cavalry riding NE at the trot.

                              Finch watches the Yankees shake themselves back into line as his men continue to dig as fast as possible, throwing all the fill dirt in front of their trench as they get it hip deep and wide enough for the whole battalion to take cover. Firing at one of the smaller reformed battalions, they're rewarded with watching them flee in disarray, clearly not willing to continue this fight. However, there are plenty where they came from, and with their departure the artillery begins to open up, and Finch's battalion takes its first casualties of the battle as shells slam all around them, clipping a few men caught standing or in any way above ground.

                              With Bird temporarily incapacitated, General Fawcett glasses the situation from atop his horse. Observing a trio of artillery batteries, his gunners start to get their guns unlimbered from the safety of the reverse slope even as Bates own guns fire their first rounds from the top of the hill. The 12 pounders roll back off the crest under recoil, but the shots are not proving to be effective against the Federal guns, yet. Further back along the road, Fawcett observes two parallel columns and a central column of men, not horses, pulling several small guns. Looking more closely, he bespies the crossed white belts of Marines in short columns leading more haggard lines of blue-clad sailors that even at a distance look less than well-drilled.

                              The fog is now mere wisps, and most of the battlefield is easily visible......

                              https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1...it?usp=sharing
                              Last edited by TacCovert4; 19 Mar 19, 15:56.
                              Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                              • Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
                                0620hrs:
                                (...) hip deep and wide enough for the whole battalion to take cover. (…)
                                and Finch's battalion takes its first casualties of the battle as shells slam all around them, clipping a few men caught standing or in any way above ground
                                Right men, take cover - we're done digging for now, keep your heads down, hold your fire, let them come in range..

                                Finch waits, ready to give the order to fire when the enemy closes in.
                                Last edited by Snowygerry; 20 Mar 19, 04:39.
                                High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.

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