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

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  • Pruitt
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    Offering them a chance to surrender is just a strategy. The news that the position has fallen, might induce the troops behind us to panic. (Trying to pull a Nathan Bedford Forrest here).

    Major Pruitt, Tarheel Legion Cavalry

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  • Snowygerry
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    To the Tigers word is sent to inform that while their position is a strong one, they we're really not expected to hold it, I expected them to be with Pruitt.

    In fact, with the bridge behind them down there's little point in dying there, and little for me to be done to support them.

    They are free to move anywhere as they see fit, if they still can, or rejoin me after dark if possible.

    Tiger Rifles (Hauptmann Augustus)(Soldier Bonus)(+2 Melee)

    245 Infantry (Blue/White Striped Pantaloons, Red Shirts/Blue-Red Jackets, Green Uniforms, Grey Uniforms), Straw Hats & Fezzes and Black Helmets and Grey Hats)

    1841 Dreyse Rifle and Bayonet (Adds Capt. Von Trapp)

    Cutlasses
    I remember Von Trapp, he was with Finch at Carolina City iirc, a fine soldier, send him my regards, and wish him luck.
    Last edited by Snowygerry; 20 Jan 20, 06:06.

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  • Snowygerry
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    Do I assume then that Finch in his position at the river is receiving reports about the situation a few miles East ?

    At any rate, his orders stand unchanged for now.

    ...avoid decisive engagements, inflict maximum damage to infrastructure, while conserving your force, and report back to me.
    Any rider to arrive before dark and report, will receive the same reply from Finch.

    "While an offer to accept surrender is nice and adds to the impression we seek to create, you're not in a position to take and hold prisoners.

    Once you've observed the position and your men have rested a bit, unite forces Fred and Pruitt, and move around the enemy fortification towards Baltimore.

    Target anything not covered by rifle fire from the earthworks, and destroy it, find railroad cars, wagons, buildings, goods, anything that burns, and make sure they see the glow in Baltimore when it gets dark.

    Intercept military runners and riders from and to Baltimore, cut telegraph lines and signal posts, scare civilians into fleeing towards Baltimore.

    Our mission, at least your part of it, is to create panic, not necessarily to defeat the enemy force in the field."
    Last edited by Snowygerry; 20 Jan 20, 05:12.

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  • Pruitt
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    Major Pruitt calls a halt and calls Lieutenant Roscoe to come to him. "Cousin, take a white flag and ask those people in the earthworks if they want to surrender! We are doing this to prevent more shedding of blood!"

    Major Pruitt, Tarheel Legion Cavalry

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  • TacCovert4
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    1600 Hours, South to North:

    Major Pruitt leads his small band of cavalry to skirt the southern end of the grove of trees in a 'Ride of the Valkyries' as he says, referring to the very new opera by Wagner. Coming by the trees, it's plain that the Yankees have not ignored him, as volleys of musketry reach out to the cavalry as they spur their mounts to a gallop. The fire appears to be hasty however, and inaccurate. The pair of siege guns are not caught out either, and though the Tar Heels do not make a turn to run down the guns, a pair of shells fired at relatively close range burst and empty a handful of saddles as the Tar Heels gallop past and atop the hill. Once across the hill and back to the Pike, Major Pruitt looks back to see a line of Marines barring the road between him and the siege guns, and apparently no Yankees to his front as his men slow their blown mounts to a trot and ride through Catons towards Baltimore. Pruitt finally sees the railroad junction, as well as the earthwork protecting it from attack. An earthen fort, topped with a short palisade, and with what appear to be two embrasures for cannon, is present, the whole of the fort being maybe 12 feet high.

    Meanwhile, The Tigers improve their positioning in the abandoned earthworks, and get the galloper guns in place. Slow, steady bombardment from the siege cannons well outside of the range of their howitzers continues to fall upon them as the Yankees most definitely have the range. One of the galloper guns is dismounted and rendered useless, but otherwise the effect of the fire is just to keep the Tigers huddled in the trench while the Yankee infantry begin to move ever closer to their position.

    Their role completed and the Green Jackets in place, the Jeff Davis Legion trots off to catch up to the rest of Fred's ersatz 'regiment' as they also move towards the railroad. Fred has also spied the fort from his direction and brings his troops to a halt, giving the Badgers a needed breather as they lack horses for fast movement.

    The Yankee Column comes under fire from Gardner's battery, expending the last few of their precious shells and only having about two rounds of canister apiece left for a close-range emergency. The effects of the first shells are mixed, though the second rends some visible gaps in the files of one of the marching columns. The Federal commander has obviously seen the JDL depart, and the reduced regiment moves to a blocking position while the Marines, sailors, and militia move into a line of battle facing off against the Green Jackets, staying just out of range for now.

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

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  • TacCovert4
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    I apologize for RL, I will be getting this done as soon as I get Baby Tac to bed tonight.

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  • Snowygerry
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    I'm good to go,

    order Finch's own battalion into their usual 3 rank formation as the enemy comes in range, ready to implement their fire and rearward movement routine if needed.

    Make sure we save at least two boats hidden on the West bank, they may be needed to bring ammo across when it arrives.

    Remind Hampton we need that ammo to be brought up if this fight is to last, if needed we will retreat towards it.

    I'll be back on Monday as usual, tnx for doing this

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  • TacCovert4
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    {I will be updating tomorrow during the day EST. Please note any changes to your orders/directives before then}

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  • Snowygerry
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    Originally posted by Rojik View Post
    (…)
    Now if Gardner can hit them once or twice while they are in column that would be splendid, but I cannot tell what he can see, and I am limited in what I can see of them also.
    Finch will position himself on foot near the guns to make sure they fire as ordered even in absence of TAG, I'm in second line for the moment anyway.

    Seems we're ready then, tnx gentlemen.
    Last edited by Snowygerry; 09 Jan 20, 04:27.

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  • Pruitt
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    Okay, the Tarheel Legion will ride with the Valkyries. The Legion forms a column and rides for the South edge of the woods. They will turn East and ride over the hill in front of them. They will cross the hill and head back to the Pike. There they will head down the Pike towards Baltimore.

    The Galloper Guns will set up behind the Tiger Rifles and fire in their support.

    Major Pruitt, Tarheel Legion Cavalry

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  • Rojik
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    Infantry to present just out of musket shot from those people. Preferably between the river bend and the trees, but more as need be than that position, if that position will cause a premature engagement. The villiage ( OOC - I assume the pink boxes are such) will suffice as an anchor.

    Cheswick to cross the bridge asap. Take up positions north of the wooded hill and send in 5 men - dismounted - to scout.

    Bridges ready but usable. Nothing will be done unless I am certain we can not hold any longer in the face of heavy attacks... but it shall not come to that, sir. My boys will hold.

    Now if Gardner can hit them once or twice while they are in column that would be splendid, but I cannot tell what he can see, and I am limited in what I can see of them also.
    Last edited by Rojik; 08 Jan 20, 19:32.

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  • Snowygerry
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    Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
    1400hrs:
    They estimate it will take a further 2 hours to demolish enough of the bridges to make them fully impassible to infantry for a substantial period of time.
    Just to emphasize, and since Finch is right there, they do not need to be fully impassible to infantry for now, just artillery or anything on weels.

    Infantrymen crossing a half-broken, blocked, bridge make good targets in fact.

    If at all possible do fix the explosives though, if possible with fuses that can be lit should the GJ be forced to withdraw.

    I don't want them to be stuck on the the East bank, if they don't want to be.

    Inform Rojik and the current GJ commander of my intention, and leave it to them to coordinate and make the final decision.

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  • dgfred
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    Per orders my units (Badgers and Fred's Cav) move on toward the RR junction with several Cav scouts moving a bit in front of the main force. The JDL hurries to catch up following same route making sure no Federal units slip in behind the main force. Immediate reports expected with new information as acquired.

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  • Snowygerry
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    Consider the IC part below to be a short talk between Hampton and Finch, in hearing distance of anyone interested….

    Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
    {OOC: This part of the action is likely to be very confused, as the plan isn't a straightforward attack or defense, but rather a raid writ large from two directions, sort of a pseudo double-envelopment if I'm reading Snowy's plan correctly.
    "Double" because I want to locate the flanks of the enemy deployment before moving on to the objective behind them, there's always a chance they are trying to flank us while we try to flank them.

    Also, because for gaming reasons, I prefer Pruitt and Fred to have an independent command, so that if one of them should become inactive for any reason, the game can still move on.

    The Baltimore Pike Bridge was dropped behind you, you cannot use it. You destroyed the boats, so you can't use them to cross back.
    That was intentional yes, to limit crossing points for artillery in particular.

    The rail bridges up by the Elysville Rd are currently intact but being demolished by Snowy's BN.
    Note how I ordered Rojik to NOT bring the bridge(s) down completely before the enemy closes in on him and forces him to.

    If they don't press the river line we keep the last bridge open.

    I'm somewhat surprised we are destroying all the boats, hide at least a couple of them on the West bank for future use.

    If you move off map, I will do what I can to expand the map to encompass your movement.
    That follows from our two-fold orders,

    1) prevent the Baltimore garrison from interfering with events further West.

    2) move East towards the RR junction and threaten Baltimore itself.

    Short of outright routing the enemy wich Finch estimates to be too costly, (remember he's not a professional soldier, but a rich planter who reluctantly joined the army with his men to defend his homeland) this will require splitting our force.

    I do not think a new map is actually needed before Fred in particular gets near our new objective.

    Unless either of them encounter sizeable enemy forces, they are basically doing marches in proximity of the enemy, which can be perfectly well be done with text feedback only imho.

    Tnx.
    Last edited by Snowygerry; 07 Jan 20, 10:12.

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  • TacCovert4
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    {OOC: This part of the action is likely to be very confused, as the plan isn't a straightforward attack or defense, but rather a raid writ large from two directions, sort of a pseudo double-envelopment if I'm reading Snowy's plan correctly. The Baltimore Pike Bridge was dropped behind you, you cannot use it. You destroyed the boats, so you can't use them to cross back. The rail bridges up by the Elysville Rd are currently intact but being demolished by Snowy's BN. If you move off map, I will do what I can to expand the map to encompass your movement.}

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