woensdag 30 juli 2014

A Corps level test - events elsewhere

Earlier that afternoon, 13.00 hours.

On the far left flank, General Claiborne moved out of march column to deploy into three successive lines. Artillery to the right of the column opened long range fire on a Federal cavalry brigade. General Daggett, commanding the Federal cavalry observed the Rebel column advancing on their position.

Daggett with an aide asked, “Stiles, do you see any high ground here?”

“Sir?, No sir, but if you could look to your right”.

Turning in his saddle Daggett could see through his field glasses dust clouds about a mile away and moving rapidly around his flank.

“Damnation. I didn’t think we had this many friends.”

Battle map, situation at 14.00 hours

Anderson’s division is still engaged in its struggle with the Union 11th, while the Federal right has withdrawn their lines further back. Daggett’s cavalry are able to extricate themselves and find their high ground facing the Rebel cavalry on the opposite side of a valley.
Both Claiborne and Beaumont are now facing the untouched 12th Division and their only support are the shattered units of the 10th Division busy reforming.

At this point, the Federal commander has another eight hours until sunset and the situation looks rather bleak.

Major General Windsor awaits the outcome of Anderson’s battle before executing the final stroke. By 15.00 hours, the reserve artillery should be in position for the final push. 

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