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  • Agree completely, Lt Col Bird would be invaluable on the battlefield and I'd be happy to hand either side of the effort over to him.

    South:

    NCGG are to give ground in close order, fighting furiously with bayonet and grenade while trying not to let the sailors envelop them.
    Jaegers wheel right and fire a close-range volley into the milling sailors, then charge home into their flank.
    JDL mounts up and swings around the south flank of the NCGG and charges into the disordered Federal infantry, covering the Guard's flank. They can pursue the broken infantry some distance before returning behind the hill to regroup.
    Gardner's gunners brute-force their guns (unlimbered) up the slope to fire canister into the Yankees pressing Leroy.

    North:

    Greenjackets fix and closely engage the sailors to their front.
    Dashwood drives into the back of the sailors engaged by the Greenjackets, breaking them and sending them scattering back towards Baltimore, then clear the Greenjackets' front.
    Freeman should regroup and move up to support the Greenjackets when able. I will assist in regrouping them.
    Badgers continue to press the Federals on the south flank of Mount Catons, targeting gunners then officers and NPCs.


    Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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    • Lt.Col Bird recovers consciousness near the supply wagons...He cleans out his mouth of the foul taste with water of the canteen one of his aides gives him. Trying to ignore his headache, he listen to his aide who provides him a situation report -

      - General Fawcett is back and went to Mount Cantons to direct the fight there.

      - General Fawcett directed the troop at this end to adopt a reverse slope position here but there seem to be confusion on what that means or simply eagerness by Commanding Officer to fight the enemy where they stand.

      - Garner's battery came into play just North of the hill.

      - Finch is still forward, defending the road between the hills, being pounded on but holding his position.

      With some difficulty, Bird gets back on his horse, with the idea of getting Rainbow in a better defensive position to act has an anvil, so that troops on Mont Cantons under Fawcett can act has the hammer.


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      • Fawcett de-emphasized the reverse slope position when we silenced the enemy artillery - at that point on the slope, our breechloaders’ greater range and smaller signature made the crest more attractive.
        Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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        • Finch will hold his trench for the time being.

          High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.

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          • Note: Lt.Col. Bird will not provide orders or direction at this point. In the time & space of the game, he is leaving the situation develop to watch the on-goings before giving any direction.

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            • Originally posted by Capt AFB View Post
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              - General Fawcett directed the troop at this end to adopt a reverse slope position here but there seem to be confusion on what that means or simply eagerness by Commanding Officer to fight the enemy where they stand.
              Finch will tip his hat, and takes moment to confer with Fawcett.

              My men have ready made orders to retreat to their assigned reverse slope position at a single command, by rank after firing.

              But I feel that giving the order now, would give the enemy a positional advantage they haven't yet earned in blood.

              Of course with a General and a Colonel near - all it would take is a direct order from either of you.

              Left to Finchs own judgement, they will stand in place for at least one more turn.
              High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.

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              • Likewise. With Finch actively commanding his unit, Fawcett will only issue general directions as they become required.
                Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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                • 0740hrs, North to South:

                  General Fawcett orders the Green Jackets to fire and advance on the Yankees on Mount Catons, while he works to reform Freeman's withered command. Fortunately, the general level of experience within Rainbow, and Fawcett's charisma, rapidly motivate Freeman's men into a line of battle and they advance down the hill at the double quick to join the Green Jackets. It only takes a couple of rippling volleys along the Confederate line, and the lone Federal regiment breaks to the rear. Capt. Rojik manages to capture the ill-riding Lt.Cmdr who had been leading the attack, but volley fire from below him unhorses a few more of his men and with a couple hundred Yankees running into his cavalry from above, his troops spur to the gallop and break clear before he is able to reform them. Artillery fire from the Navy Gunners at the base of the hill causes casualties amongst the Green Jackets, and as the combined fog bank of smoke clears, Fawcett can see the other yankee regiment withdrawing towards Catons itself, with the gunners falling back under fire from the Badger's rifles.

                  A quick glance around shows Fawcett that his combined force in the North is not much more than half of what had paraded the day before. From his perch atop the hill, he can also observe that a battery of two large cannon on heavy field carriages with lots of horses have been set up in the town, and a number of wagons with mortars on them have also stopped and are being unloaded. He sees the two other regiments, but the men in them appear to be wearing a hodgepodge of uniform pieces and civilian clothing, and are pulling furniture out of houses and turning over wagons to form makeshift barricades in the alleyways of the village. Fawcett does see additional riders charging back to the rear at top speed.

                  On the twin hills astride the Baltimore Pike, the battle is continuing in earnest. Back in action, Col. Bird observes that with Gardner's battery prolonging their guns into position to help the infantry, the lone remaining federal battery on the pike is free to open up, and they do, firing shells which burst over Bates' gunners, killing some, but suppressing Bates' guns from being brought into action on the downslope. At the long range, Bates' Napoleons are not accurate enough to duel with the Federal rifles, and their shots are ineffective.

                  Leroy's men open up on the Federal troops as they hove into optimum range for their Dreyse rifles. Combined with a volley of canister from Gardner's exhausted gunners, the federal regiment marching towards him is transformed into little more than an oversized company which withdraws at the double down the hill. The other regiment, pushing towards Bates' suppressed gunners, is fired on by the riflemen of the skirmishers-turned artillery, and with fire from Leroy's rightmost company led by Captain Von Trapp, their advance grinds to a halt as both sides lay into one another with fire.

                  Meanwhile, the Southern Hill is utter chaos. Colonel Bird rides for the beleagured defenders as the Guards throw their last grenades into probably the only group of men on the field that knows what to expect from them. While sailors fall, the psycological effect that had broken previous infantry does not take place. Firing their rifles as fast as they can from the knee and the prone, the Guards and Jaegers are met with a storm of close range fire which belies that some of the naval troops have been given pistols from their armories as well. The Jeff Davis Legion, acting almost before orders due to their direct line of sight to the situation, opt to charge right through the Grenadiers rapidly dwindling postion, adding their weight of fire as they dismount to stabilize the line. Despite their efforts, the force is pushed off the hill by the attack as the Federals have their dander up. Combined, the remnants that run clear and form at the bottom of the hill in the wood might be able to form a large company. Pruitt's own ruined Tar Heels remain at a distance, watching as the naval officers order their men to reform after the scrum while the Marines, having reformed themselves, advance in skirmish order and begin taking the mauled confederates under fire.

                  Major Finch has no time to observe what is occurring to his right. Fire from both of the Federal regiments facing him makes poking one's head above his trench a hazardous affair. Some men fall, but the firestorm erupting all around keeps most of the men in their trench, bareley popping up long enough to fire. The Federal fire slackens momentarily, and Finch sees both regiments advancing at the double to envelop his position with bayonets fixed. Ordering his men to rise up, his battalion fires a volley into the teeth of the federal advance and then orders a withdrawal. One regiment falls back with heavy casualties, but the other closes in a rush and the hand to hand begins in earnest. Both sides brawl with one another, using bayonet and clubbed rifle for a couple of minutes before the yankees fall back in good order from Finch's now withdrawn position and into Finch's old trench. The union troops begin to reform, but a continuous fire from Finch's troops retrograde movement forces them to hide in the breastwork.

                  The usual roar of battle is punctuated by a far larger roar, and Gardner's men go flat on the ground as a shell bursts amongst them, leaving several on the ground, along with one of his rifles with a broken wheel. From his vantage, Fawcett observes that the two larger guns have opened up on the battery that was prolonged onto the hill to assist Leroy's men. He is also in a position to see the smoke as a different artillery sound opens up from within the town. Mortar bombs land near the Badgers position, sending most of those worthies onto their stomachs, but the shots were well wide. A rider comes in from Cattail Creek, saying that General Stuart requests a report of the disposition of the enemy and Rainbow's intentions....the rider says that the battle there is beginning to go in earnest, with strong Yankee attacks against the Confederate positions, and that Jackson's Corps is fighting off a force from the Washington garrison with heavy artillery.

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                  Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                  • One regiment falls back with heavy casualties, but the other closes in a rush and the hand to hand begins in earnest. Both sides brawl with one another, using bayonet and clubbed rifle for a couple of minutes before the yankees fall back in good order from Finch's now withdrawn position and into Finch's old trench. The union troops begin to reform, but a continuous fire from Finch's troops retrograde movement forces them to hide in the breastwork.
                    "Good show there men.."

                    Finch orders his unit to continue their retrograde movement and fire routine, untill they reach a reverse slope position as ordered.

                    Then establishes a new line 100 yards behind the "crestline" that breaks line of sight to the enemy now in the trench.
                    High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.

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                    • A rider comes in from Cattail Creek, saying that General Stuart requests a report of the disposition of the enemy and Rainbow's intentions....the rider says that the battle there is beginning to go in earnest, with strong Yankee attacks against the Confederate positions, and that Jackson's Corps is fighting off a force from the Washington garrison with heavy artillery.
                      Finch leaves his men under command of his rank commanders to regroup and and take care of the wounded, then fetches his horse and seeks out the rider.

                      He has a sketched map of our own postion as well as the suspected positions of the enemy.

                      "The General or Colonel will be here soon to inform of our intention and report, but the way I see it we will remain in between the enemy here and Stuart, blocking them and slowing them down if not outright defeating them and forcing them back.."

                      "Have this map..but tell me what's between here and Stuarts position, the distance if you will, state of the roads, defendable positions that sort of thing ?"

                      "Noticed any attempts by the enemy to get between us and Stuart along the way ?"
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                      High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.

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                      • RL has kept some players busy, and I'm aware of same. Since Rainbow is getting a bit 'thin' on the ground in places, I'm giving an opportunity for additional players to post their orders before I do the update.
                        Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                        • The Tarheel Legion has only 40 riders left. I don't expect to be moving them forward any time soon!

                          Pruitt
                          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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                          • Originally posted by Pruitt View Post
                            The Tarheel Legion has only 40 riders left. I don't expect to be moving them forward any time soon!

                            Pruitt
                            Just keep in mind that a Lot of units on that flank in particular are down to less than a hundred men apiece. It's getting to be quite 'crucial' up there on the South side of the saddle.
                            Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                            • L'Rojik tries to regroup the mass of shaken men and spooked horses. So many missing faces. So many good men lost. He estimates that his command is around half of what it was an hour ago.

                              "Men! To me! To me! Regroup and ready yourselves! Those people are wavering! Are you going to go home and tell the woman folk that you missed the finest day in the history of this unit, or are you going to go home with tales of glory? To me!"
                              Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the cheesemakers

                              That's right bitches. I'm blessed!

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                              • Fawcett considers the field and the increasing pressure against Rainbow's positions. He sees the Badgers hugging the earth under mortar fire, and he sees the danger at the far end of Rainbow's line, endangering their right.

                                "Alright lads, prepare your ground and ready to receive the enemy!"

                                At Mt Catons, the Greenjackets are instructed to fall back twenty paces and dig in across the crest of the hill with their left resting on the steep slope to the east. They are to work frantically with prone pickets to their fore as we fully expect the Yankees to come up the hill soon. They are no longer advancing at this time, but simply to hold their position when threatened.

                                Freeman's shrunken formation is pulled wholly out of the line and is set to seizing and dragging the Federal guns on the crest north of the position into support of the Greenjacket line. Ideally these will be formed on a higher part of the crest and fire over the Greenjacket positions, but if the best ground for this is in the midst of the Greenjacket line then so be it.

                                The Badgers are directed to fall back out of mortar range, forming a loose skirmish line to the east of the main Greenjacket position, skirmishing and slowing any advance against them or attempting to pass around Rainbow's eastern flank.

                                Dashwood's horse is sent to feint at the northern flank of the Federal reinforcement wave advancing towards the southern hill. If formed infantry wheels to face them, they are to stay out of effective range and simply maintain a presence. In the unlikely event the Yankees leave themselves wide open, they may launch hit and run attacks against them.

                                These orders being given, Fawcett is compelled to shift his flag rapidly back to supervise the southern position, where the battle's crisis seems to be currently.

                                Gardner is to revert to counter-battery fire, silencing any and all artillery endangering Rainbow's position in order of threat to our own batteries.

                                Bates is to fix the Yankees to his front, keeping low as much as possible until their attention is firmly on him. At that point Leroy is to attack, wheeling to take the Yankees in the flank and breaking them back down the hill. Bates may move up in support once Leroy's assault strikes home but is not to pursue down the hill - instead he will move south to support Finch's valiant defense, taking the enemy pressing Finch under fire on his northern flank.

                                Under Fawcett's personal auspices the Jaegers, Grenadiers and dismounted Legion form an ad hoc line at the base of the hill, forming an improvised breastwork and taking the enemy under aimed fire where they are silhouetted on the crest.

                                The Tar Heels are requested to dismount and form a loose line connecting the ad hoc line's right to the edge of the map, primarily out of range of the Yankees on the hill but ready to catch leakers if they try to press our line.

                                As the elite infantry and cavalry on Rainbow's right ready themselves, Fawcett dictates a swift response to General Stuart's enquiry.
                                General Stuart,

                                My compliments of the day, and thank you for sharing tidings of the main battle.

                                Rainbow Brigade has been engaged since before dawn today, and has seen off three Federal divisions at this time. We are closely pressed at present by a combined force of sailors, marines and militia from Baltimore and despite our heavy losses expect that we will continue to hold our blocking position north and west of Catons -- though we no longer have the weight to carry the town or press on to Baltimore.

                                If you can spare reinforcements of any kind these would be invaluable. If, as I expect, your command is required more closely to the Army of Northern Virginia then any ammunition for our artillery or standard issue rifles and pistols would be most welcome. We lost one of our wagons earlier when Yankee horse got in among our logistics train, and our batteries have been firing steadily and will run short on ammunition if the Yankees do not run short of targets first.

                                While we are closely engaged at one end of our line, the main Federal body is digging in at Catons and we anticipate a short lull as they reinforce.

                                I have the honour to be your obedient servant,

                                B. Gen. Fawcett
                                Rainbow Brigade
                                Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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