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

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  • #61
    With the Badgers taking the lead and the Blues taking the rear, 1st RR marches forward to relieve Dashwood's cavalry. During a quick discussion with Maj Holden, Lt.Col Bird agrees that, once closer to the wooded hill, the Badgers should move to clear it, while the GJ would continue to move forward to Dashwood's position.

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    • #62
      September 27th, 0420hrs:

      South to North:

      With General Fawcett and Hauptmann Augustus leading, Rainbow's reserve regiment continues to advance carefully and quietly down the road towards Catons. Reaching the hills, the troops ease over them and reform on the other side, ready to continue the advance. Eerily, there has been no response to what would have had to be warning.....by now surely the Union leaders have received fleeing troops from the fortification already taken?

      The Cavalry regiment continues to push south towards the Baltimore Pike, and once reaching it, they ride. At the pass, there's nearly a grey on grey incident as the cavalry comes right up into the back of the Reserve formation, but cooler heads prevail and both regiments recognize one another. In the North, Dashwood waits until relieved by Major Holden, before riding off as well, pushing East in a bid to make contact with further enemy pickets.

      Lt. Col. Bird leads his regiment along the Elysville Rd, getting them shaken out and into motion past Lt. Col. Leroy's own regiment. Again, men are tense, anticipating contact at any moment. And again, there is none. Leroy's 2nd Regiment advances steadily South, working its way down towards the landmark of the Baltimore Pike. The question on everyone's mind.....are the Federals unware, or cunning?

      https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1...it?usp=sharing
      Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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      • #63
        Major Holden will push his men off the hill and start advancing straight east toward the next hill, spreading out in skirmishing formation. Be on alert for any sounds or visible contact of enemy.
        Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

        "Aim small, miss small."

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        • #64
          Should we form up into a battleline before taking that final hill? We risk hitting it piecemeal this way.
          Wisdom is personal

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          • #65
            Major Pruitt calls his Bugler: "Sound Column of Twos." Maybe we can get around these two Infantry Commands!

            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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            • #66
              The 2nd RR can occupy the hill north of our cav now, that way we can set up our guns to fire on Union batteries and our infantry can support.

              Lt. Col Leroy, 2nd Rainbow
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              • #67
                Freeman and his unit will continue along the Elysville road. Push forwards as hard and fast as possible!
                Wisdom is personal

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                • #68
                  Directions

                  Major Pruitt, please send one of your formations up along the ridge from its southern tip to probe for enemy positions but do not heavily engage.

                  Please direct the 2nd RR to assume the lead in this sector when they come up on you.

                  Reserve Battalion

                  Continues to advance along both sides of the road in the pre-dawn silence after a brief pause for command council wherein Fawcett directs that they will advance to seize Catons unless they contact the enemy first.

                  Once all officers and senior NCOs are clear on their objective, Fawcett resumes the advance with guns loaded and bayonets fixed.

                  Yes, this should by rights belong to the 2nd RR, but as the old master said, "ask me for anything but time!"
                  Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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                  • #69
                    I was trying to get in front of those Infantry. I even went to a column of twos to squeeze past them. "Orderly, take a message yo the commander of the JDL. I want them to turn Left and sweep the back of the ridge. Do not get heavily engaged. We will proceed down the road until we reach Catons and wait there until the Infantry passes through us. We will either join the JDL or flank any Yankees found near Catons."

                    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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                    • #70
                      Hope we can get back to regularly scheduled updates soon!
                      Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

                      "Aim small, miss small."

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                      • #71
                        The Jaegers will continue to advance with Fawcett toward Catons. Hauptmann Augustus and his men are wary, feeling that the Federals should have reacted by now. They wonder if they’’re being drawn into a trap, but continue moving in good order toward their objective.
                        Satis elouquentiae sapientiae parum

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                        • #72
                          September 27th, 0440hrs:

                          North to South:

                          Gardner's Battery remains safely in Elysville as the 1st Regiment pushes down the road. Bird's Green Jackets advance in line, followed closely by the encolumned Orleans Blues, with the Badgers skirmishing on their flank as they push towards the ridgeline. Some sounds are heard, and Major Bird thinks he sees cavalry to his front, but he can only guess that they're unionists as he is not certain of the location of his own brigade's cavalry in the early morning gloom.

                          Captain Dashwood leads his light cavalry obliquely towards the Pike, ostensibly to join his own regiment while screening the right of 1st Regiment. 2nd Regiment, lead by Major Leroy, pushes towards the ridge cut by the Baltimore Pike, making progress across the open ground in the darkness.

                          Conferring with Major Pruitt, General Fawcett gives him his overview of how to quickly move to seize what could be all the major objectives in a single thrust with nearly no casualties. Reacting quickly, the Cavalry ride through the two infantry battalions, the Jeff Davis Legion arcing towards the base of the hill, while Major Pruitt directly leads his Tar Heels towards Catons in advance of the Reserve Regiment.

                          Riding up the road, the Tar Heels start to open up their formation as they close on the cornfield just in advance of the town. About that time there is the shouted "Halt", and a trooper fires on a sentry. The response is a deafening cacophony as volleys break the early morning quiet. Between the light of fires and the volume of fire, the rapidly withdrawing Pruitt estimates he has come across a brigade or more, and possibly 3 or more batteries of artillery further back on the road. It appears that there was a column of infantry headed West when whatever survivors from the first engagement alerted them to Rainbow's presence. Major Pruitt knows he's lost men to the surprise, but he doesn't know how many as his command reforms safely out of sight.

                          General Fawcett and Hauptmann Augustus continued their steady advance flanking the road once the cavalry passed. Upon hearing the familiar crash of volley fire the men instinctively lean forward at a crouch as they continue to march forward. At least now the enemy has been found, in part if not in whole.

                          As the morning closes on the time when the sky would start to brighten, the wispy fog that had been ever present thickens into a more solid bank, limiting visibility to a hundred yards or less in the darkness......

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

                          Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                          • #73
                            OOC: I know that I got slack with my own updates. Partly RL, partly laziness, and partly the hit or miss participation making me want to wait one more day for orders. My intent for the time being is to be on a steady schedule of 1 update per week until or unless participation bumps up to where I can do two updates per week.
                            Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                            • #74
                              OOC. Seems like players have disappeared as well. Hopefully now that the action begins everyone will be back:

                              IC: Freeman and his unit will deploy into battle line behind Bird's unit. Deploying on their right flank, we will help push the enemy unit back and continue our advance along the Elysville road. A messenger to Bird will carry along the plan to push as hard and fast along the road in order to claim the hill by flanking manuever.
                              Wisdom is personal

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                              • #75
                                Major Pruitt takes his command to the right flank of the Jaegers and waits for orders.

                                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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