Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Von Schirnhausen Dragoner

BAD SANKT NIKOLAUS, August 15--The von Schirnhausen Dragoner Squadron 2, posted at Bad Skt. Nikolaus, is the one of the two squadrons of the regiment currently on detached duty from the main body of the Herzogerheer. Posted with the city's two companies of the Herzoger Militia and commanded by Capitän-Lieutenant Ritter Franz O'Donnell, the squadron is tasked with drilling the local militia to some semblance of military competence and reconnoitring the valleys beneath the northern Hochwalder ridge forming the frontier between the lands of Pfalz-Kogant-Obersayn and those of Waldreck, from Alter-Klutz just south of the Waldrecker slate-quarry town of Winterberg, south beyond the crossroads town of Spawnheim.

The uniform of the von Schirnhausen Dragoner is illustrated.

Early this afternoon, a courier from the patrol sent out yesterday to the southwest to screen the movement of the Leib-Kürassier to Bad Skt. Nikolaus, came galloping past the Kurhaus to deliver a report to Capitän-Lieutenant O'Donnell.

O'Donnell returned the courier's punctilious salute with a vague wave and opened the dispatch case. He skimmed through the report once with trained dispatch, and then, reaching the final paragraph, furrowed his brow and sat down. Helping himself to a pinch of snuff, he gathered his quizzing glass from the lanyard by which it hung from his lapel and reread the dispatch through again closely.


Spawnheim--14/8/57
Moving west of Spawnheim encountered foraging party of Waldrecker hussars; burdened with their loot, they were unable to evade us and we were able to close and engage them. Unhorsing two by musket fire we were able to secure them as prisoners. Pursuing the fleeing Hussars we continued along the Höhenstraße across the Waldrecker frontier, approaching the Waldrecker town of Niedersohren.

Leaving the road to avoid the Waldrecker militia company known to be garrisoning the town, we rode cross-country around the town to confirm the garrison's presence. From a hill overlooking the town we observed the presence at least a full company of hussars in the town in addition to the militia.

Observing orders, we began a withdrawal back across the frontier, putting the hill between us and the town, but cresting the hill to the south, we observed a significant dust cloud along the road south of town, perhaps four miles distant. Closing the distance to investigate, I was able to observe the source of the dust cloud by spyglass, and observed a wagon convoy approximately 200 yards in length, perhaps 30 wagons, escorted by at least a full dragoon squadron and several companies of infantry.

Falling back to Spawnheim before dusk, we encountered the leading elements of Major von Fischbach's Leib-Kurassier moving through the town en route to Bad Skt.Nikolaus. Reporting our intelligence to Oberst von Dornfeld of the von Bacharach infantry garrisoning the town and to Maj. von Fischbach on his arrival in town, the two field officers conferred at length and determined to seize the opportunity to attack the Waldrecker supply convoy. At its current rate, it is believed the convoy will overnight within Niedersohren tonight, and then proceed north towards Kirchschloß tomorrow. Oberst von Dornfeld has seconded our patrol. and the Leib-Kurassier in Spawnheim for the time being, but expects our return in less than a week.

Yr. servant,

Corp. Dittmar Becker

3 comments:

abdul666 said...

Events are speeding up!

A very interesting moment... and pleasantly reported!

Looking forward for developments,
Jean-Louis

P.S.: giving you thanks for my weekly (fictitiously) colored template... *grin*

Fitz-Badger said...

Nice uniform and some interesting developments!

Bluebear Jeff said...

Someone turned the temperature up! This might be a prelude to war.

Certainly a raid is in the offing and hopefully more news soon . . . and dare we hope, with some photos?


-- Jeff