"They clearly were tipped to our presence, although we had no contacts all morning," von Fischbach wrote in his hastily scribbled report. "The Waldrecker foot have positioned themselves behind a stand of trees, just to the left of the road--ready to mask the guns if we advance too precipitately, but sheltered themselves from any guns we might have brought along. The light horse are currently covering the bridge over the Rohrbach, but are capable of a swift advance down the Hohenstraße if our approach is discovered too soon.
Von Dornfeld weighed the intelligence a moment, and then ordered the courier to return to von Fischbach. "Tell him we attack immediately. He is to bring both squadrons of his command down the road towards Niedersohren and form line just outside artillery range. We will be right behind, and he will cover our formation into line directly behind him. Once in line the Kürassiere are to engage and destroy the Waldrecker light horse and then secure the convoy. We will advance to engage the Waldrecker foot and hold the crossroads until the wagons are turned about, and then we will fall back with the captured wagons. Hang the Waldrecker guns; the die is cast."