The Army Of The Potomac

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Brigadier General Lane had split his forces. Conventional military wisdom said you never split your forces; however, he never believed it applied to United States Marines. Roughly fifteen hundred Marines would head towards Baltimore and seventeen hundred would head northeast to cut on any potential move by the Army of the Potomac. He would lead the Marines heading into Baltimore. Their orders were to clear the city if need be, secure the oil terminals along the course and act as a blocking force in the event the Army of the Potomac turned West. Colonel Ramon Bit, a fine combat Marine, with multiple tours with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Iraq and Afghanistan, led the team. He had been a front line commander and had no qualms…show more content…
The two forces headed into Norfolk, right through town, one heading north and the other east; it was quite a sight for the civilians that had seen so much. Never in their wildest dreams did they expect to see thousands of Marines heading off to battle in their own country. The Marines sang cadence as they marched through town and the suburbs. People lined the streets to see the spectacle because never had they been more proud; it sent shivers up their spines. The force heading north would encounter town after town and finally cut through Washington DC itself. Once they entered town they at first would be escorted through by the 3rd Infantry Regiment, then half way through they would be handed off to the 82nd Airborne. Not one Marine thought it was necessary that they needed Army escorts. The Marines heading east once out of Norfolk would hit country roads and townships. There had been several militias out this way earlier, but they were cleared out by Lt Colonel Luxon’s Marines and the Naval Special Weapon’s sailors, which the current Marine force found hard to believe. The LAVs and AAVs as well as the Humvees and trucks were split equally between the two forces. Fuel, rations and water were also split. They brought with them fuel pumping devices that would allow them to pull fuel from the underground storage at gas stations. It had been developed by the 19th Special Forces early on and
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