TROOP TRAIN AMBUSHED!
Dominion government blames Origawn Rebels for Blue River Incursion and urges calm.
MILITIA MOBILISATION BILL INTRODUCED IN PARLIAMENT.
It was late on the first when we rounded the bend and caught out first glance of Hastee Junction since we had passed through last fall to fight the Rebels. The optomists among us hoped we would take the lefthand track to pass through Brooklyn with perhaps a day's leave for those with family in that County but I felt sure that we would go right, up past Sloy Lake to take the Moose Bay Ferry.
There was a good crowd gathered at the station which was unusual but we put that down to Dominion Day celebrations. Our hopes were high that we would be allowed to disembark and join the celebrations before continuing on. Those hopes were soon shattered by a storm of rifle bullets from the hills on both sides as well as from straight ahead.
|The Regulars storm the hill while Mr. Williams sketches the action from the safety of the armoured wagon.|
Since the long range duel was getting us nowhere, and the naval gun in front of the train was ssuffering from the accurate fire of the Voltigeurs, Brigadier Ross ordered the infantry to detrain and assault the hill to the right while the train backed out of rifle range.
|The Sappers and Victoria Rifles go in with cold steel.|
|The fall of the Brave Brigadier Ross.|
It was a bitter night but with wounds bound up and a squadron of the Bodyguard and a battery of artillery on hand, the combined force approached the Junction ready to fight. The enemy however was gone. To everyone's great relief the wounded, including the Brigadier, had been left in the care of the local citizens as the rebels dispersed, leaving a sealed letter to be delivered to the Prime Minister. The locals claimed no knowledge of who any of the Rebels were but insisted that the Rebel had also suffered heavily and had been on the point of withdrawing when the final charge went in.
I have a feeling that the Blue River Valley has not seen the end of war.