MacDuff's Brigade was stationed forward on the frontier while the Guards were billeted in and around the prestigious Double Inn in Windsor. The Cavalry Brigade was in reserve near Belmont.
This portion of the Origawn Territory is mostly flat open prairie with occasional patches of woods and an increasing number of isolated farms. There are not a lot of good defensive positions. A quick look at the map shows that there is a low ridge just East of the Belmont Road. Running along this ridge is a secondary road known as Rocky's Road that runs down to Windsor. The Ridge and road are named after an old trader named Rocky whose cabin is home to the best whiskey in the territory.
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This could be a long day.
It was the most obvious place for the army to concentrate. MacDuff was ordered to fall back to the Ridge and hold at all cost. The cavalry was ordered forward up the Belmont Road while the Guards were ordered to march at best speed up Rocky's Road from the Double Inn.