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#10861195 Mar 29, 2015 at 02:45 AM
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Chief Engineer's Report on Camp and Works, March 28th, 35 L.C.
Location: northern Westfall
Regina Kasteen, regimental chief engineer [acting], reporting.

After battle on this day, the regiment was commanded to retire to a hilltop near the battle site which is both sufficient for our numbers and reasonably defensible. Seeing as the rebel army was close by and may still be active, I sought Knight-Lieutenant Montclair's permission to undertake defensive works, which was granted.

A summary of the regiment's current position:
The camp occupies a small rise, oval in shape, roughly 100 ft. by 150 ft. in size. This proved sufficient for our current supply of soldiers' tents (83) as well as tents for the infirmary, mess, and arsenal.

Around the perimeter, a barrier of sharpened stakes is under construction to ward off rebel cavalry. The most vital portions of this defense have been completed (below); if there are no forthcoming attacks to distract us, the remainder should be raised within the day. These will be supplemented where necessary with pit traps to further dissuade cavalry attack.

Lay of the Land:
The rise of the camp is some forty or fifty feet above the surrounding fields and affords us good vision and defense. In the main, I estimate its slope is sufficient defense against massed assault with the following exceptions:

South: I am given to understand the southern approach was the site of today's battle and it is certainly slick with blood, though it will not remain that way. Though it proved ample advantage for the regiment already, it has been the site of our first fortification efforts as it is the nearest to the rebel advance.

East: The eastern approach is by far the shallowest, and was sufficiently passable for our wagons to ascend. Accordingly it was judged the second most likely point of attack, and we intend to see to its works beginning immediately.

North: The north-northwest approach is steep but manageable. Given this and its distance from the direction of rebel activity it was judged least susceptible to a surprise attack and we will therefore undertake its fortification last.

Inside the camp, we have pitched our available tents. In accordance with standard protocol, soldiers' tents have been placed around the perimeter. In the central area, an infirmary, arsenal, and mess have been established. Animals are currently being quartered to the northeast. Latrines have been established near the base of the hill to the north-northwest. A graveyard containing fallen from today's battle is sited to the west-southwest.

Description of Existing Works:
Three transverse trenches were dug along the slope of the southern approach, roughly 5 yards apart, for the purposes of pitfalls and to dissuade approach by cavalry. Sharpened stakes were pounded into the ground between each pair of trenches. Stakes have been omitted from a small passageway on either side of the works in the event that the regiment wishes to deploy in this direction.

Description of Proposed Works:
East: Construction here will mirror the southern approach, save for the construction of four trenches, as the approach is narrower, longer, and of a shallower aspect. Sufficient space not used by the camp exists at the top of the approach to construct a small berm for the use of archers in an attack, should time permit.

In light of the fact that this is the only approach passable to wagons, I have reserved planking sufficient to form a pathway over the works for our departure.

North: Fortification here is of a lower priority but should not be overlooked. As the slope is steeper and less manageable, two small transverse trenches together with stakes should prove sufficient.

Perimeter: If time permits, the installation of spikes or berms around the remainder of the hill top would afford maximum protection to the camp. However, in light of the general difficulty of scaling these portions of the perimeter and their unsuitability for rebel cavalry, these works would be of lowest priority.

Additional Notes:
Examination of local maps has not indicated a proximate source of surface water, nor have the troops seen any. Though our supply of freshwater remains adequate, a source would be preferable.

Supply of useable wood is low. Salvage from previous camps and battlefields is adequate for stakes and other immediate needs of the works, but not beyond. When we leave, will need to instruct regiment to recover as much materiel as possible.

Medical supplies remain low. No word has yet come from Logistics division regarding resupply. Local materiel does not seem forthcoming.

Spoke to mortar battery commander. Shell supply is adequate for the projected length of the campaign. A stockpile has been dug out for the remaining ammunition per storage guidelines. Camp is too crowded to properly site mortars (insufficient clear space for blast) but a location on the east or north approach may be promising. Will investigate.

Historical note: none of my charts have labeled this hill. Will have to ask the local members of the regiment if it has a name. Someone will want that information for the records.

this report dated March the 28th, 35th year of the Lotharian Calendar
R. Kasteen,
Chief Engineer [acting], 1st Regiment, Elwynn Brigade
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