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

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  • Captain L'Rojik commands his howitzers to open fire on the Yankee cavalry, and for his horsemen to engage them IF they are not driven off by shell.

    Hoping that they scatter away, but ready to drive at them if they do not, and praying that the JDL is ready to hit them in the flank or rear.
    Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the cheesemakers

    That's right bitches. I'm blessed!

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    • I'm going to put orders due by 3/29 at 1800hrs EST. I've got training all next week, so I won't be able to reasonably guarantee getting an update done before then.
      Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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      • With Finch in good prepared ground holding the Pike itself, the Jaegers are shifted slightly south to cover the crest of the hill and prevent a turning motion on that side of Rainbow's line from the enemy left.

        Dashwood and Pruitt's horse is instructed to deal with the Federal horse to our rear, while the Grenadiers reverse their line in the shelter of the trees and ready to lay down lethal aimed fire on the Yankee cavalry as it comes into range.

        Gardner's guns wheel slowly forward, loaded and unlimbered, until they can lay down supporting fire on the northern end of the Federal attack wave or effective fire on the enemy on the southern slopes of Mt Catons.

        A rider hastens across the dead ground to address the senior Rebel officer on Mount Catons; General Fawcett congratulates them on their success and urges them to develop their position, taking up a position where they can repel a Yankee effort to drive them from the crest or direct an attack of their own into the enemy's flank or rear to the south. If at all possible they should seek to bring one or more of the Federal heavy guns into action in support of their position; a brace of canister could add some valuable heavy stopping power to their own excellent howitzers.
        Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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        • Bump, 2 days till update
          Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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          • I think we're ready ?

            Others are of course welcome to add more detailed orders for subunits, but we can proceed with what's there now..
            High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.
            Major Atticus Finch - ACW Rainbow Co.

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            • 0640 hours, South to North:

              Pruitt's horse hold their position, Major Pruitt seeming to be lost in thought as he looks over the field and the two and a half score of men he has remaining in the saddle. The Jaegers march out of the tree cover onto the crest of the lower hill of the saddle, ready to cover the Confederate right. To the rear, Dashwood's cavalry let fly with the shell they already had loaded, and the effects are all out of proportion, as a single burst of shell in the midst of the union horse sends them scattering to the winds, some even riding into Capt. Rojik's command to be captured. The remains of the Jeff Davis legion bring up the remains of the wagon train to a position behind the main Rainbow position, a check by the quartermasters showing that the lost wagons contained all of the .58 caliber minie ball ammunition common to rifle muskets, with Bird's wagon and the Dreyse ammunition wagon both present and some wagons of tents and artillery shells.

              To the front, the artillery duel continues, though with both Gardner's and Bates' guns withdrawing over the hill with recoil, the Federal artillery concentrate on Finch's command in its hasty trench. Shells fall all around the position, causing a few more inevitable casualties, but the men are unperturbed for now and remain crouched low in their fortification. The first shots from Gardner's guns range on the federal batteries and get one shell hit that causes some casualties. Bates' Irregulars, firing their smoothbores even at relatively short ranges, are finding it difficult to get a consistent fire on the Federal guns as they have to reset their aim so substantially between shots.

              To the North, the Badgers begin to bring out effective fire on the strange gun and its carriage crew, shooting down the crewmen and the horses pulling the small limber. The Green Jackets and Blues form a line across 'mount catons' and working parties begin making efforts to turn the southernmost of the 20lb guns to face Catons itself. Unfortunately the battery position on the mount does not provide much cover facing South for infantry, unless both units want to move into the battery position and sacrifice much of their frontage.

              The various Rainbow commanders observe the Federals along the Baltimore Pike remaining in line, though closing up the gap that had opened in the center. Marine and Navy units appear to form along the south, with the Marines forming in line and the sailors remaining in loose columns behind them. On Mount Catons the remaining Federal battalion maintains its position screening against the Green Jackets and Blues, while Major Frumm can see Marines and sailors forming into line alongside their battery of apparent 12lb guns down by the village itself.

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              Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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              • Major Pruitt orders his men to dismount and form a line to the Right of the Jaegers.

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

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

                by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"

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                • The Jefferson Davis Legion is placed into reserve behind Major Pruitt's position (at the base of the hill) while Dashwood's horse moves up in reserve behind Gardner's position, in position to respond to a flanking motion or to spoil an attempt to seize his guns if required. Dashwood's horse artillery should move up to support Gardner's battery for so long as Dashwood remains in this area, without breaking unit integrity.

                  The North Carolina Grenadier Guard should return their full focus to the front, resting as well as they may while sergeants and junior officers consider the best means to redeploy to the north or south of the line as may be required.

                  Fawcett will inspect the main line at speed, travelling the length of the Rebel positions some ten yards to their fore at a canter, hat in hand, to raise their spirits and ready them to stop the enemy butt-cold here. He will return behind the Rebel line to his original position and is not visiting Mount Catons at this time.
                  Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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                  • Federal artillery concentrate on Finch's command in its hasty trench. Shells fall all around the position, causing a few more inevitable casualties, but the men are unperturbed for now and remain crouched low in their fortification.
                    Finch will see to it the wounded are attended to.

                    With little else to do for the moment, he moves along the trench to reassure the men, adjusting their positions where needed.

                    "Won't be long before they're forced to react to our counterbattery fire men, keep low and wait for my command to open fireÖ..."
                    High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.
                    Major Atticus Finch - ACW Rainbow Co.

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                    • If (Emphasis IF) I have sufficient orders in place by Thursday 4/4, I will do the update then. Otherwise the update will have to wait until at least the following Tuesday 4/9. I'll make a decision Thursday around noon which direction same will go.
                      Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                      • Works for me, unless the enemy closes in, or Finch' position becomes untenable, my orders will be variations of the above anyhow
                        High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.
                        Major Atticus Finch - ACW Rainbow Co.

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                        • All orders are locked in, I am at the races this weekend and have the update on my planner for first chance Monday morning.

                          I've already done some preliminary rolls and itll be pretty intense.
                          Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                          • Sorry for lateness, but just doing as ordered. Arty moving up in support, and the cav to keep an eye on the rear, flanks and in reserve - keeping in a place that is out of the field of fire from those people.
                            Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the cheesemakers

                            That's right bitches. I'm blessed!

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                            • No worries. Iím on a bachelor weekend so nothings happening until I get home
                              Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                              • 0700hrs, South to North:

                                Finch's Battalion continues to take hot fire from the Federal guns. While casualties are barely a tithe of his force in total, Finch observes that his long-campaigning veterans are reluctant to even poke their heads above ground, and most of his men are continuing to try to dig their position deeper while kneeling or crouching. The counter-battery fire from Bates men and their Napoleons on top of the hill is marginal, however the skilled gunners of Gardner's Battery maul the federal batteries, firing bolts at right around a thousand yards into the massed guns.

                                The rest of Rainbow gets into their positions to defend the hill as they watch the ranks of Federal regiments form a continuous line all along their front and dress it like on Parade. As he rides to the southern end of the line, Fawcett and Pruitt can both see a battalion of Marines in skirmish order, with two regiments of motley-equipped sailors in ranks behind. About that time the Federal gunfire shifts, as the batteries put a concentrated volley onto the southern hilltop. Despite their open order, more than 15 shells falling among their positions in short order causes another two dozen casualties between the Jaegers and the Tar Heels, leaving the skirmish line on the southern hill ragged indeed. General Fawcett is nearly struck by a shell which kills Pruitt's 2nd in command.

                                The continued fire from Gardner's guns and Bates' artillery, partially sheltered by their positions, wreaks havoc on the Federal gun crews, and it's obvious that more than a third of their guns are out of action, at least temporarily.

                                Meanwhile, On Mount Catons, the men are shoveling and working to get one of the 20lb Parrots turned where it can fire South. However, time does not appear to be on their side. With only a few howitzers firing on this front, the Yankee formations assemble and began rolling forward, marching up the hill.

                                Freeman's guns give a good accounting of themselves against the lone militia regiment holding to their front. The Federal gunners, all sailors from the looks of them, open up with a ferociously fast barrage from their small howitzers, and quickly get shells ranging into Freeman's troops. Meanwhile, the Marines rush forward in skirmish order to take the Green Jackets under fire. Both sides exhange shots at long range. Some more Green Jackets fall, but the Marines take the worse of the exchange and withdraw as the fifes announce the Navy Regiments advance into the fire.

                                Both regiments of sailors close to 100yds before engaging in volley fire, with most of the exchange going against them. Even though the fortifications provide little cover from this angle, the discipline of the Green Jackets is decisive, stiffening the Blues' resolve despite fighting greater numbers. Though they keep their distance from the main engagement, a number of good potshots from the Badgers manage to keep the militia pinned down, shifting onto the hill proper rather than listening to the shouted and whipped urgings of the mounted party.

                                The Yankees to the North don't fall back. While the sailors and Marines facing the Green Jackets stall under fire, the militia finally drop their haversacks and charge forward with a yell. The sailors unload a volley before also joining them in a singular attack on the Blues. Firing canister at point blank range before the melee occurs, the Blues manage to hold off the first charge....at the loss of Major Freeman. When the charging Yankees rout and fall back to the lower slope of the hill where they start reforming, only an oversize platoon of 50 men remains where the Blues once stood, but the militia is shattered and the Navy battalion mills about as mates shove the men back into a line. The Badgers fire on the gunners, causing more of them to keep their heads down than causing casualties.

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                                Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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