Monday, April 16, 2007

surreal fun at travellers rest april 21st

Hi All,

come see me next Saturday at travellers rest . I'll be in the role of a Confederate Contraband Smuggler during the war between the states occupation of Nashville in the 1860s...

CSA Smuggler Facts:

* Confederate sympathizers in occupied Nashville tried to keep their identities secret because they risked arrest by the Union Army.
* Confederate sympathizers sought to get arms, supplies, and even raw materials to CSA army.
* Women highly involved with smuggling.
* Smuggling difficult because usually had to get pass to travel outside of the city.



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Civil War/Occupied Nashville Game

Visitor Orientation

1. Visitor Center- visitors purchase tickets and receive property map with game explanation and goals-- Emily
2. Gate- visitors receive verbal orientation, identify goals, 12:00 game stops for 30 minutes for lunch, loud sound warning-- Rob



Union Stations

1. Sutler- visitors help him package tea and tobacco, earn money-- Glen
2. Hospital Volunteer- visitors help make painkiller using mortar and pestle, package medicine, and make bandages, earn loyalty credit—Stephanie and Cynthia
3. Recruiting Station- visitors evaluated and drilled by 9th KY, earn enlistment certificate and money—2 9th KY volunteers
4. Mrs. James K. Polk- visitors talk to Mrs. Polk, earn her calling card-- EJ



Confederate Stations

1. Harriet Overton- visitors talk to Harriet, she enlists them to grind corn to meal to smuggle to Confederates, pick up corn from smokehouse, grind corn at Visitor Center, visitors can keep corn meal—Suzanne
2. CSA Train Spy- enlists visitors to take message to Confederate Operative at barn—David R.
3. CSA Smuggler- enlists visitors to take crude iron to Confederate Operative at smokehouse-- Beth
4. Confederate Operative at Barn- pays visitors for messages from CSA Train Spy-- BJ
5. Confederate Operative at smokehouse- gives raw corn to visitors, pays visitors for crude iron from CSA Smuggler-- Anna



Grounds

1. Union soldiers periodically stop and search visitors for contraband, if found they loose contraband and must spend 5 minutes in prison—2 9th KY volunteers
2. Periodic skirmish between guerrilla fighter and Union soldiers, captured fighter goes to prison . . . but periodically escapes—Brian



Conclusion

1. Andrew Johnson- visitors appeal to AJ for pass, AJ administers oath of allegiance-- Wendell
2. Visitor Center- visitors return to visitor center, show pass and money, earn free pass to see TSM “Hoofbeats in Heartland” exhibit in June-- Emily


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Travellers Rest Civil War Role-Playing Game 2007

Character: Contraband Smuggler

Location: Grounds

Function: Talk visitors into taking crude iron to Travellers Rest smokehouse. Once they get to smokehouse they will be paid.

CSA Smuggler Facts:

* Confederate sympathizers in occupied Nashville tried to keep their identities secret because they risked arrest by the Union Army.
* Confederate sympathizers sought to get arms, supplies, and even raw materials to CSA army.
* Women highly involved with smuggling.
* Smuggling difficult because usually had to get pass to travel outside of the city.



Sample Dialogue:

So, how are you this fine day? Where are you headed? It’s hard to find money here since the Yankees took over the town. Let me ask you this; are you a secessionist or a Unionist? I know one way you can earn money. See these crude pieces of iron? I am trying to smuggle them to a secret storage space on the Overton plantation. If all goes well, they will eventually find their way to a factory down South to make Minnie balls for our boys in gray. Can I trust you?

I’m worried that if I try to walk by those guards, they will arrest me, since I’m a known rebel in these parts. If you can get these to the smokehouse over there, my operative will pay you. Just say to her, “Is it hog killin’ time yet?”, and she will know what you mean. She will bring out a bucket, place the iron in the bucket, and she will pay you. If you want to keep one as a souvenir, I don’t mind. Now tell no one of this conversation.