Yeah, it would have been nice to start this blog at the beginning of the season, with all that's been going on.
Cpt. Evens and Lt. Sharp have had it in for me ever since Jackson, Michigan at the end of August, 2010. Sgt Enyart and I challenged these two to several rounds of Euchre. The captain and lieutenant are normally quite undefeatable, but now they have gained a new humility. I submitted an "After-Action Report" for the company's newsletter concerning this minor skirmish, but since the captain is responsible for the newletter and there haven't been enough articles submitted to produce a newsletter, I'm not certain if it'll get published. So, I'm publishing it here:
Jackson, MI After Action Report
Pvt Russ Judge, 1st Tennessee Co. B
A series of minor skirmishes occurred between the two major battles of the weekend, that involved Capt. Gary Evens and Lt. J.R. Sharp squaring up against Sgt. Andrew Enyart and Pvt. Russ Judge.
The first of the battles began as a challenge to Euchre was introduced during the late afternoon hours Saturday after the success of the 1st Tennessee's battle against Federal forces near Jackson, Michigan. Evens and Sharp, well known for the extremely superior tactical capabilities in card-play began the first skirmish with a quick advance, scoring two points early against Enyart and Judge. However, this advantage was soon lost as the environment changed towards the lower-ranking soldiers' favor, soon ending this first skirmish in a clear a decisive victory for Enyart and Judge, lifting moral to new heights with the defeat of a normally undefeatable foe.
But the war was not over. Evens and Sharp refused to allow the day to end with a victory for the enemy and proceeded into a second challenge. The first strike came from Judge, who had become overconfident with the previous victory. Evens and Sharp quickly brought humility back to Judge by easily deflecting that first strike, again scoring two for themselves early in the fight. However, for the remainder of the fight, Enyart and Judge were able to keep their composure and very decisively declare victory again.
For the third challenge, Evens and Sharp attempted a change in tactic by switching places at the table. Lt. Sharp also placed blame on the light, claiming that he has a much better tactical advantage at night, when the cards cannot be seen. By this time dusk was encroaching upon the opposing sides, so his hope was that the light would drop enough to turn the tide of the war. But such hopes were fleeting to Evens and Sharp as again the battle was decisively won by Enyart and Judge. For none of these first three battles Evens and Sharp could not score more than four points.
Lt. Sharp searched for ways to gain the advantage. With the night upon the foursome and candle lit, he forced Pvt Judge, to begin the fourth and final skirmish with his right hand behind his back. When this handicap had no effect, he had Pvt Judge draw a card from the unused portion of the deck to burn his mojo in the campfire. This seemed to have the opposite effect, as Lt. Sharp soon proceeded to deal Pvt Judge a lay-down loner hand, revealing the absolute desperation of Evens and Sharp.
With the small series of minor skirmishes now over, Sgt Enyart and Pvt. Judge left the table in high spirits, fearful only of what they could expect for drill the next morning. A lesson was learned that evening—no matter how insurmountable the challenge, even the greatest must fall at times.