McGann was general of the Minutemen in 2240. He led the Minutemen after the beginning of their collapse in 2247, and was stationed at the Castle when it was taken over by mirelurks. He mistook the mirelurk queen for a behemoth leading a group of super mutants. Fearing that the mutants would make use of the fort's artillery, he locked down the armory, setting up traps and activating the tunnels' security measures. Finding out that he was trapped in the basement, McGann passed the time drinking the ancient Amontillado wines stored there, until he died of starvation/dehydration.
Interactions with the player characterEdit
|Apparel||Weapon||Other items||On death|
|Minutemen general's uniform
Minutemen general's hat
|Laser musket||Plasma cartridge
Despite dying no less than 40 years prior to 2287, McGann shows no signs of decomposition.
General McGann appears only in Fallout 4.
Behind the scenesEdit
General McGann's story, together with the bottle of wine and the skeleton shackled inside a wall across the room, is a reference to the short story "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe. In the short story, a man hates another for insulting him. As revenge for the slight, the murderer lures his victim down into a cellar by promising him a drink of Amontillado wine, and buries him alive inside a wall in this same fashion. This short story was actually based on an urban legend about Fort Independence, wherein an officer is buried alive by the soldiers for killing a favored officer in a duel. In-game the wine bottle has the name "P. Edgar" written on it.