Continued from the previous post.
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Without further ado, the Dominion forces deployed and advanced as the Rebels opened fire.
|The attack gets underway.|
The 1st Brigade, composed of the two companies of veteran Highlanders and one of the Rifles, steadily advanced straight up the hill under an accurate fire from rifles and artillery. On the left, the Mounted Rifles moved forward towards the redoubt, dismounted, and began trading fire with it's garrison, while 'A' Battery came forward, unlimbered and added to the din with an effective fire on the redoubt. Col. Ross's Brigade deployed in support of the Highlanders and began to follow them up the hill.
|The terrain breaks up the attack but it continues.|
From the top of the hill, General Grey surveyed the enemy's attack and ordered his cavalry to the far right to support that redoubt, sent the Zouaves in to make sure of the wooded hill top and pulled the supporting infantry out of the artillery redoubt into a reserve position where they could quickly return to the redoubt or reinforce the hill top.
|The first attack was easily repulsed and General Grey relaxed and lit a cigar, thinking: "This is gonna to be easy".|
MacDuff was not that easily scared though, he'd known this was going to be a tough fight. 'A' Battery was now in action on his right, the first line was rallying in the rear and his second line was at hand. He ordered them to renew the assault. Colonel Ross drew his sword, set himself at the head of the Pioneer company and led the way. He was swiftly shot off his horse but his men roared out for vengeance and, led by their Sergeant, swinging his axe like a hero of old, they drove the Greycoats off the top of the hill.
|The battle now ranged across the entire front.|
The hilltop was taken but behind it, the woods were held by the veteran Zouaves. Both redoubts were still in Rebel hands, and the sun was sinking fast. It was time for the center to hunker down and keep the Zouaves in place while the flanks mustered what strength they could. Gray wasn't willing to wait though, pulling the Zouaves back, he hoped to reinforce the roadblock before the Redcoats could charge.
|The Dominion was slowly achieving the unlikely but the sun was sinking low. Did they have time to finish the job?|
|Daunted, by this spectacle with the setting sun glinting on the cold steel, the gunners broke and ran.|
|Overview of the battlefield as the Grey army broke 1/2 way through turn 15, the final turn.|
If all goes well, we'll be back in the great ouddoors by June if not May of 2023. In the meantime, indoot gaming will continue!