22 March 2011

Obtaining better weapons, Mission 1

Shiny's Regiment, raised with enthusiasm in the summer of 1861, was, like so many mid-western regiments, issued poor arms (Model 1842 smooth bore percussion muskets)  at the beginning of the war. In fact during those first months some men drilled with muskets that had defective locks and could not be fired. When word came that Shiny's regiment would soon be crossing the Ohio into Kentucky, he determined to obtain better rifle-muskets for his company.

MISSION: Obtain better Rifle-Muskets
Deadline: Before the regiment is mobilised
Rewards: Obtain Springfield Rifles and  +1 Reputation: The Regiment for Shiny
Failure: Shiny will have to buy better rifles using his own funds -1 Wealth

  1. Write to friends in Columbus with hopes of Finding a store of better rifles [Measure: Influence + Reputation: Personal: Judge Matthews] [Each side had one Success, GM's Success was a higher number; Shiny Loses; Reputation Injured]
  2. Convince the Departmental Quartermaster to requisition these weapons for his company of the 59th [Quartermaster Skill][Neither side had any Successes; Shiny Fails]
  3.  Make sure that all the above do their bit in a timely manner ensuring the weapons arrive in time for the regiment to set out with them.  [Quartermaster Skill][Shiny has one Success; Shiny Wins]
  4. I have decided that the Regiment (as a whole) receives better weapons but Shiny receives no personal benefit. 
Notes: This is a little test mission to see how creative I can get with this idea. This is a very realistic, though boring conundrum for someone in Shiny's position in 1861.

Narrative Rewrite:
 Displeased with the quality of the weapons his company has been issued Shiny spends many nights writing to his Political acquaintances in Columbus. Unbeknownst to him several other officers in other Ohio regiments are attempting the same thing, one of them is the godson of a highly placed politician and is able to swing a requisition for some honest to god Springfield Rifles. Judge Matthews feels slighted in the entire affair and becomes mildly irritated at Shiny's "clumsy playin' at Politics". Shiny, though busy drilling his men in preparation for their impending mobilization, takes time to ride to his Departmental HQ and plead with the Departmental Quartermaster. The QM has heard it all before and is routinely unsympathetic to upstart "Volunteer" officers.  Shiny returns to camp, down in the mouth and spends a few days on the "sick-list" after drowning his sorrows. Even as his boys are about to set out Shiny hears that despite everything (and probably purely coincidental to his own efforts) a shipment of better Rifles is on it's way. Worrying that he will move out before the weapons actually arrive Shiny tears through the Ohio night to the Cincinatti rail head and personally oversees the transfer of equipment to his camp. His men are cheered, though not overjoyed, with their new Belgian Rifle-Muskets and disembark from their ferrying of the Ohio slightly more confident in themselves.

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