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PBEM Humour

Posted: Tue May 28, 2013 5:42 pm
by Stauffenberg
Perhaps others might like to add their own examples of pbem commentary in turns sent.

My most recent pbem game as the CSA had Jackson's "fire brigade" Corps hounding US Burnside's Expeditionary Army across the south from attempted landings at Mobile (aborted), Penascola (driven off), and finally St. Augustine Florida with Jackson declining to contest it to deal with a Union landing at Beaufort SC instead. Herewith my comment to my opponent on Burnside's expedition:

Re Jackson's Great Southern Tour--I see Burnside is doing the same, looking for easy pickings after Fort Pickens--a bad pun but I couldn't resist--and finally opting to land in Florida.

Harvey Hill, sitting around the campfire with Longstreet near Fredericksburg, with wry humor dubbed the blood-thirsty swarms of mosquitoes Burnside's men were in for, "as true and effective a cadre of relentless partisans and bushwackers as the South could wish for," suggesting John B. Floyd be promoted "General of Mosquitoes," and sent south post haste--prompting a loud guffaw from Pete and the other generals present.
(I had originally called this a "fifth column" but I don't believe the term came into use until the Spanish Civil War much later. In any case I trust the mosquitoes and malaria will decimate Burnside's expeditionary army, expeditiously as it were.)

Posted: Tue May 28, 2013 7:03 pm
by Gen. Monkey-Bear
I can't say I have my own, but I think you'll find plenty to laugh at in pb783's AAR for AACW :)

Posted: Wed May 29, 2013 6:43 pm
by Stauffenberg
Gen. Monkey-Bear wrote:I can't say I have my own, but I think you'll find plenty to laugh at in pb783's AAR for AACW :)

I'm reading that with interest thanks.

A Modest Proposal for a Balloon Brigade Armada

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:18 pm
by Stauffenberg
Yet another in a series of pbem commentaries, this time attached to a turn sent by myself as the Union, late March 1862:

While we were waiting for the mud to dry Butler has sent in a proposal to Lincoln and Little Mac, stating that, "with a modest investment in equipment & training, a balloon brigade armada could be assembled with which to launch a surprise assault on Richmond as soon as weather conditions are favorable." Butler assured Lincoln in a private letter attached to the operational Plan, that "a brigade of balloonists landing in Richmond would have the disruptive and panic-inducing effect of an entire army Corps appearing in Lee's rear, further enhanced through the use of my newly patented "aerial torpedoes" which would be judiciously dropped as we approached, setting the enemy capital ablaze. With any luck at all Jeff Davis himself could be taken hostage, and my victorious Army (assuming of course you would give me the great honor of leading this operation) would link up with it driving down from the north through a demoralized rebel army...." :dada:
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