Morning, July 28th
The morning on the 28th of July sees a flurry of activity as the French are eager to exploit their victory at Rudnja the previous evening.
The main force (#1), led by Hector himself, sets off towards the Gleboff Monastery. What riches might the Ortodox monks have hidden away here? Hector is hesistant, unsure if it will be heavily defended or not, and decides to not send out his light cavalry on scouting duties. He might indeed need his lancers and chasseurs close at hand if there will be fighting.
Hector leaves the battered but victorious force of Captain Obelisque and his carabiniers (#3) to browse the buildings in Rudnja. There is not much to loot in the ashes, but his troops are weary after the hard fought crossing and appreciate the chance to rest. While the Russians had time to evacuate their engineers' wagons, they find three bag's worth of supply that must have fallen off the wagons during the hasty retreat.
The unproven force under Prince Sasha Siemenschneider of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen (#2) enters the village after their pillaging tour across the farmlands. The Prince is chomping at the bit, and wonders in frustration which path will enable him to make contact with the enemy as soon as possible. The nerve of that simpleton Hector, to wrap himself in all the glory of the battlefield while his noble dragoons were left to haul supplies and chase away peasants!
The spy Percule is sent along the Smolensk road, looking for the enemy. He spots Russians just a short distance from the village, pillaging their own fields!
Bloodletting on Hallowed Grounds!
Hector's men follow the road to the monastery that some villagers pointed out in exchange for their freedom. Just as Hector sees the tip of the church tower over the gently rolling landscape, he hear a warning cry. One of the voltigeurs, moving ahead of the force, has spotted a column of Russians marching along a nearby road. By pure coincidence both forces are making their way towards the monastery, almost neck to neck.
With neither side ready to give up their common goal, both forces halt their march and begin to line up. Let the battle for Gleboff begin!