SPAWNHEIM, Aug. 16--In the grey half-light of the dawn, the two squadrons of the Leib-Kürassiere under the command of Maj. Rutger Freiherr von Fischbach parade before the mustered von Bacharach regiment of foot and single troop of the von Schirnhausen Dragoner for review. The parade was ordered by Oberst von Dornfeld as a boost to morale prior to the final officers' consultation before setting forth in pursuit of the Waldrecker supply convoy last seen approaching the nearby Waldrecker town of Niedersohren.
Valuing celerity of approach over firepower, Oberst von Dornfeld will announce to the assembled officers his intent to detach one company of his foot to remain behind in Spawnheim with the battalion guns, both in deference to his standing orders to fortify and garrison the crossroads at Spawnheim, and in calculation that speed in pursuit of the Waldrecker convoy, which may already be aware of the presence of the Herzogerheer in Spawnheim and stands no more than two days march from possible relief from known Waldrecker forces at Kirchschloß, will be decisive to the success of the operation.
The countryside around Niedersohren, once over the Hochwald ridge, is fairly open and rolling country, sloping down to the Rohrbach bridged at Kirchschloß. Oberst von Dornfeld briefs both the Dragoner and Kürassiere officers on the importance of closing swiftly with the convoy, and driving off the drovers with minimal damage to the wagons themselves, hoping not only to disrupt the convoy, but, with good fortune, to capture it and drive it back over the Hochwald to Pfalz-Kognat-Obersayn.