Friday, July 15, 2022

Gen. Pettygree's General Orders For Us


"Lt. Grandmaison, a word, if you please."


"Ride back to the telegraph and send this dispatch."

"It is time to attend again to the following General Orders last posted in 1897 (2007)." 

We game with historical miniatures for fun, to understand the past and to model history in a unique way. We are diggers of facts, reflective, artists and builders seeking pleasant hours in rewarding solitude or companionably with others. Social aspects of our hobby are the most important dynamics as we seek peaceful and enjoyable moments with each other.

In 1746 fourteen year old George Washington composed 110 useful rules of behavior within Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior In Company And Conversation. “These rules were drawn from an English translation of a French book of maxims … to polish manners, keep alive the best affections of the heart, impress the obligation of moral virtues, teach how to treat others in social relations, and above all, inculcate the practice of perfect self-control.”  Consider:

#1 “Every action in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are present.”

 #19 “Let your countenance be pleasant, but in serious matters somewhat grave.”


#22 “Show not yourself glad at the misfortune of another, though he were your enemy.”


#49 “Use no reproachful language against anyone; neither curse nor revile.”


#51 “Wear not your clothes foul, ripped or dusty .…”


#51 “… and take heed that you approach not to any uncleanness.”


#65 “Speak not injurious words, neither in jest or earnest….”


#65 “…scoff at none although they give you occasion.”


#86 “In disputes, be not so desirous to overcome as not to give liberty to each one to deliver his opinion and submit to the judgment of the major part, especially if they be judges of the dispute.”


#88 “Be not tedious in discourse.…”


#105 “Be not angry at table whatever happens, and if you have reason to be so, show it not; put on a cheerful countenance especially if there be strangers….”


#108 “When you speak of God or his attributes, let it be seriously & with reverence.”


The following additional reflections also have merit though stated in a blunt modern style. We desire gamers who are friends rather than toxic competitors, fun-loving instead of mean-spirited, agreeable as opposed to being interminably argumentative and companionable instead of being anti-social. It is also a bonus if they are able to be contributors to the cause in some way, helpful, communicative, honest, timely and will absolutely refuse to commit gross historical irregularities because rules are flawed.

NEW (15 July 2022)

When friends invite you to a game, refusing to participate because you don't like the rules is poor form.    People are more important than rules.

Apologize, accept apologies and forgive more easily.

How do you spell friendship?    T I M E

"Yes, Sah. I'll ride back immediately and rejoin the column at the Khyber Pass."

"Enjoy and treat your friends kindly while they are gifted to you and in your care."

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1. Maxims chosen appeared in Batailles de l'Ancien Régime 1740-1763 written by yours truly a long time ago, and worth repeating.

2. Your remarks will be welcomed.
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Greg Rigler said...

Well said, General! Hear! Hear!

Best wishes

RogerB said...

I really like the way your Blog is set up; you do an amazing job with it. I appreciate the personal touches as well. We all have a friend or several waiting for us at the bridge. I've taken the liberty of sharing this blog with others and have subscribed myself.
Do keep up the great work!

pancerni said...

Games with friends rank highly. Games with competitors when taken on must be played cheerfully. Periods and rules used vary to taste, winning involves chance, behavior is currency towards repeat performances.
Since 1970, the best games have been with friends.

Gallia said...

So true none of us are getting any younger so we should enjoy the time we have.” Regards, Kurt
Thank you, Sir, for those remarks. My first reaction was a bit surprised – why should repeating those wise words be necessary? But later I realized that repeating a message is necessary to keep knowledge within the peer group. If I may offer a quote myself: "The ideal war-gamer is sweet-tempered, dislikes the sound of his own voice and has been endowed by nature with very long arms". From "Charge! or how to play war games Brig. P. Young & Lt. Col. J.P. Lawford – Morgan-Grampian, London, 1967".
So thank you, General Pettygree and of course, thank you, Bill! Porthos
I think this all needed to be said. Thank you. Cavcrazy
Right on, Brother Bill! Jim C.
“When friends invite you to a game, refusing to participate because you don't like the rules is poor form. People are more important than rules.” Ahem. John C.
Bill, I had to smile then laugh while reading the maxims. Our club does quite well with #108 and there's about where it ends. :) 20 years hard time in the same basement will do that to men.

#22 Just goes without saying.
#51 We actually had one of those types.

I recommend that all check out the maxims General Pettygree suggested. Roger B
Well said, and thank you for the reminder(s), Bill.
Kind Regards, Stokes
Food for thought. Mark23

Oldjarhead said...

Well said, Sir