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  • Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
    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.
    A natural reaction for sure..FInch will certainly take no action to remedy this untill..

    (….) About that time the Federal gunfire shifts, as the batteries put a concentrated volley onto the southern hilltop.
    Finch alerts his rank commanders, interpreting the change of target as a sign of an impending close assault on his position.

    He peers over the edge of his fortification, trying to estimate the exact distance… through his field telescope.

    That's over 200 yards, under 300...let them close to under 200 and give them a volley.

    First rank up, ready to fire…....you keep an eye on our right flank there.

    If they close to within a 100 yards initiate Rearward Movement after firing, per rank as previously discussed.
    Last edited by Snowygerry; 09 Apr 19, 03:42.
    High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.
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    • I'm going to give through the morning of the 16th for orders before I do the next update. That should give everyone time to get theirs in.
      Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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      • I'm standing by as per last orders, unless ordered otherwise. Arty in support of the infants, riders keeping watch in all directions, ready to help wherever needed
        Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the cheesemakers

        That's right bitches. I'm blessed!

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        • OOC: I've been travelling the past week and largely offline - apologies for the incommunicado.

          Watching the Federal advance roll in along the Baltimore Pike, Fawcett seizes the opportunity to make a few last minute changes to his line.

          1. The Grenadiers to replace the Tar Heels at the south end of Rainbow's line, moving up to their rear at the double-quick and then crawling along the nape of the earth to assume prone positions atop the crest of the hill. This may lure the Federals into thinking this part of the line is open, and (aside from obvious reasons with their breechloading weapons) this is part of why it is so important for them to keep their heads down until engaged. If the enemy stalls at close range under fire, they should look for an opportunity to hurl or roll grenades into their front.
          2. Once the Grenadiers are crawling into position, the Tar Heels are to fall back and pass up the rear of Rainbow's line to reform behind Leroy's left as dismounted security for Gardner's guns.

          Both riders away with his orders, Fawcett rides personally to Dashwood's Horse.

          1. Dashwood's cavalry to pass around the rear of Gardner's battery and charge at the flank of the Federal formations engaging the Greenjackets. If the opportunity arises to strike them in the flank they are authorised to do so, however they should expect to swing right at the first sign of the formation(s) turning to face them (and exposing themselves to the Greenjackets' fire in turn). Under these circumstances they are to continue south, passing to the east of the wheat field and eliminating the massed Federal gun crews. Do not attempt to spike these guns and retire east along the pike if threatened by Federal infantry following this strike.

          2. Fawcett will separate from the cavalry after it charges (or turns away from) the Federal infantry engaging the Greenjackets, taking charge of the situation on Mount Catons.

          2a. The Blues are to dig in where they are - it's too dangerous for them to disengage at present and they are in no condition to advance immediately.

          2b. The Greenjackets are to continue their engagement, pressing the Federals as they react to the cavalry (or reel from a charge fully executed).

          2c. The Badgers are to pass carefully south south west in open formation, continuing to engage the federal gun crews on Mount Catons at extreme effective range using whatever cover is available. I would like them to execute the crews in entirety, but will be satisfied with interrupting their supporting fire and expect a result somewhere between the two. The Badgers cannot stand up to an attack properly pressed by Federal infantry, however should be able to eliminate subunit commanders and destroy enough cohesion that they can easily retire ahead of most infantry advances.

          Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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          • Oh, and rough accountability:

            Tar Heels - 40 Effectives
            Blues - 90 Effectives
            Green Jackets - 200 Effectives
            Grenadier Guards - 70
            Jaegers - 100
            Dashwood - 100
            Finch - 200+

            All other units at pretty close to or full strength.

            4 Wagons remain, and those have minimal ammunition for the artillery and for the muzzle loaders, most of the ammunition in the remaining wagons is for pistols, sharps, dreyse, or whitworth weapons.
            Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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            • After we break the Federal advance and rout them back towards Baltimore, am I correct that any artillery ammunition we can seize is likely to be compatible with our guns?
              Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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              • With the Parrots, not the Blakeleys. But yes, presuming you roll them up. Of course you also have Napoleons and 12lb howitzers, and those organic artillery units have naturally far more limited stocks of ammo on hand and would have relied on the wagons substantially more.
                Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                • Captain l'Rojik receives his orders, and asks the runner to carry back a simple message.

                  "My compliments to General Fawcett. Let him know that his orders are understood, and we will carry them out to our utmost ability"
                  Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the cheesemakers

                  That's right bitches. I'm blessed!

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                  • 0720hrs, South to North:

                    Finch's Battalion steels themselves for a fight that Finch anticipates will get very close and hot indeed. Meanwhile, acting on their General, and longtime Commander's orders, the Grenadier Guards sprint South as soon as the runner brings word that they are to displace the Tar Heels and cover the southern crest of the saddle. Unfortunately, the continued barrage of the Federal gunners continues to reap its harvest amongst Major Pruitt's men, and the last 30 men standing among the Tar Heels fall back off the hill to their horses, thoroughly demoralized due to their losses.

                    Moving with the artillery barrage still underway, the Marines, sailors, and a mounted brigade command party advance. The Marines use the suppressive effect of the artillery to close with the Jaegers, and both lines begin firing on each other at over 100yds, both in skirmishing order to cover a wide swath of ground. The Jaegers rapid-firing rifles compensate somewhat for the disparity of being outnumbered two to one, and Marines fall as they clamber up the slope. The Marines don't withdraw, however, and instead lie down to fire in place in a skirmishing duel, despite their losses and apparent lack of effect on the Jaegers. The one benefit is that this engagement forces the Union artillery to cease firing.

                    Meanwhile, Gardner's battery hammers the yankee gunners, and one battery limbers up and withdraws under fire, the guns moving away as fast as the horses can be whipped, though the heavy fire prevents the last few guns from withdrawing. By some feat of valor, the handful of gunners keep their guns in action, firing shots against Finch's battalion once more and causing a couple of casualties but mostly forcing Finch's men to duck back down into their trench. With this, the gunners flee their immobile guns on foot, all valor having been satisfied.

                    The Yankee line advances forward in the wake of the column of blue to the South. Gunfire from Bates' gunners exacts a toll on the navy troops, but whipped up by the brigade command behind them they continue to advance at the double quick under fire. Moving up the hill, they pass behind the Marines, who are still hotly engaged with the Jaegers as the lead flies, both units taking casualties as the firefight reaches a crescendo. Passing to the top of the hill, the sailors run headlong into the running Grenadiers as their captain bellows for grenades to be thrown. The Marines finally break and run down the hill, allowing the Jaegers a few flanking shots into the column of sailors as the grenades detonate amongst them.

                    Utter chaos reigns on the southernmost hilltop as grenades burst amongst the densely packed sailors, and the Grenadiers open fire and advance to push the federal sailors off the hill. Only around a hundred Dreyse-armed troops remain on the southernmost hill, and the sailors, more accustomed to fighting in close quarters than union infantry, fire with their mix of muskets and musketoons before drawing cutlasses and revolvers for a close fight, the rearmost naval battalion rushing forward as mates and officers yell "Board!"

                    Meanwhile, Finch finds himself in a firefight with two regiments of Union regulars, and while casualties are few, his men find themselves pinned down as the lashing federal volleys keep their heads below the level of their redoubt. Finally his men get a momentary pause to open fire themselves and begin giving a good account, their hasty fortification proving invaluable to keep the men alive and give them clear shots against the serried ranks. Bates' gunners and the Tiger rifles begin to open fire to their direct front as two more regiments start moving up the slope of the northern part of the saddle.

                    To the North, Gardner's gunners, deprived of shots against their regular quarry, take ranging shots on the Federal troops on Mount Catons, shifting their guns to give them fields of fire. Dashwood's cavalry, riding at the canter, pass behind the guns and start across the open field, moving knee to knee even as they watch the Federal artillery run away, denying them an easy secondary objective and their favorite prey. The remnants of the Marine battalion on Mount Catons form a line of battle at an angle behind the sailors, turning to face the obvious approaching cavalry.

                    General Fawcett reaching the green jackets at the gallop, orders them to press on and push the damn yankees off the field. Moving south, Major Frumm's men trade volleys with the sailors, skill at arms allowing them two volleys to the sailors one. The navy men, without the stiffening and firepower of the Marine Battalion, begin to buckle under the successive walls of lead. Captain Rojik sounds the charge and Dashwood's cavalry surge forward to the Federal lines. A disciplined volley from the Marines empties twenty saddles and causes most of the troopers to fire their shotguns or pistols wide. But with the bugle continuing to sound, the troopers race up the slope at the full gallop and crash into the union line with sabers drawn. Another score of riderless horses amble away, but in the dust and smoke the Marine battalion vanishes under a the heavy blades and trampling hooves. The Badgers continue their own slow skirmishing advance, and such is the effect of their fire that the federal troops at the base of the Mount are at least momentarily immobilized.

                    Looking down from Mount Catons, Fawcett sees dust coming up the road, and can start to make out the head of another column.....

                    https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1...it?usp=sharing


                    Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                    • Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
                      0720hrs, South to North:

                      Finch's Battalion steels themselves for a fight that Finch anticipates will get very close and hot indeed.

                      By some feat of valor, the handful of gunners keep their guns in action, firing shots against Finch's battalion once more and causing a couple of casualties but mostly forcing Finch's men to duck back down into their trench. With this, the gunners flee their immobile guns on foot, all valor having been satisfied.
                      With no reason to interfere and quite happy with the instinctive reaction of his men, Finch limits himself to a few words of encouragement here and there..

                      Observing events on the South HiIll he cannot help but admire the brazeness of the sailors' attack and not for the first time in this campaign he's reminded of the bucaneers of old.

                      A faint, bitter smile runs across his face, many good men will die here on both sides, and all in all there's little difference to them...

                      Only around a hundred Dreyse-armed troops remain on the southernmost hill, and the sailors, more accustomed to fighting in close quarters than union infantry, fire with their mix of muskets and musketoons before drawing cutlasses and revolvers for a close fight, the rearmost naval battalion rushing forward as mates and officers yell "Board!"
                      Both soon enough events on his own front demand his full attention..

                      Meanwhile, Finch finds himself in a firefight with two regiments of Union regulars, and while casualties are few, his men find themselves pinned down as the lashing federal volleys keep their heads below the level of their redoubt. Finally his men get a momentary pause to open fire themselves and begin giving a good account, their hasty fortification proving invaluable to keep the men alive and give them clear shots against the serried ranks.
                      Estimating the distance to the enemy at just over a 100 yds. and seeing them initiate charges at similar distances to his right, the time is near for a decision, stand in the trench for another turn and risk hand-to-hand fighting or initiate the rearward movement now, which would likely limit casualties, but sacrifice the advantage of the fortification and hand it to the enemy…...


                      Great write-up there, well done

                      When do you expect our final orders for this turn, some time after Easter Weekend ?

                      Would be nice to see other orders before making my final decision here.
                      Last edited by Snowygerry; 19 Apr 19, 04:47.
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