The Erbprinz Friedrich of Hesse Seewald and his staff confer atop the Muhlenburg as they watch the Gallian army on the march. (click the pix to enlarge the view).
For the past two weeks, the army of the Erbprinz Friedrich has been retreating back towards the capital city of Gotha in the face of a large and powerful Gallian army commanded by Lt. General Chevert. The Erbprinz has crossed swords many a time with the wily Chevert, so he knows his opponent very well. And one thing that he knows very well is that Monsieur Chevert likes to attack. So with that in mind, the army of Hesse Seewald continued to retire from its strong hold in the Fulda Gap, back towards Gotha, and closer and closer to the territory of the King of Germania, called The Great.
Perhaps in his advance, Chevert will stretch out his supply lines and become vulnerable to a counter-attack. Or, there might be an opportunity to combine the forces of Hesse Seewald and Germania and overwhelm the Gallians before they can react.
Finally, the Erbprinz issues a bulletin to his army, announcing that they will retreat no further. He has found the perfect ground over which to wage a defensive battle. It is near the town of Schaumburg, only a few leagues away from Gotha. The news of the pending battle filters through the army and they are excited and ready to fight the Gallians at last.
Friedrich draws up his army behind a series of low ridges that provide a comfortable screen for his army. His left is anchored by a newly built redoubt - der Mummanschanz Redoubt, while his right is anchored upon Schaumburg Castle. The Erbprinz places an advance guard of freikorps and other light troops, commanded by Colonel von Kliest, forward of the key Schaumburg position to act as a trip wire to warn of any Gallian attempts to outflank his right and cut the army off from the capital city of Gotha.
As the afternoon sun begins to sink lower on the horizon, the Erbprinz Friedrich assembles his officer corps on the Muhlenburg for a reconnaissance of the battlefield and the Gallian encampment across the way.