Road to Goldsboro Dec 14, 2005 21:20:33 GMT -5
Post by fltrooper on Dec 14, 2005 21:20:33 GMT -5
"Road to Goldsboro: a stealth event?"
Some of you have probably heard about "The Road to Goldsboro" next March 31st-April 2nd. Not a lot has been said about this event on the various forums, and some of you may not even have heard about it. If you don't have this one on your calendar, you may end up signing up for the famous #####-kicking machine.
Not a lot of details have been released so far. Part of the reason for that has been a reluctance on the part of the organizers to induce the usual Internet food fight that seems to go with events. And part of it comes from the fact that a small handful of dedicated individuals have been doing the behind-the-scenes work. That has taken time.
Well, the wraps are about to come off the prototype, and the event is looking like a corker to me.
Basically, it will recreate on ground that is as close to how it looked in 1865 as is possible in the East, the march northward by Sherman's forces as they head towards what history will call the Battle of Averasboro. A ragged, mean, lean, efficient fighting machine, and supported by the 9th Michigan cavalry, the Federals (the 2nd Mass.) are in no mood for ##### and none too particular how they handle the locals, get their victuals or what they do with Rebels.
Opposing them are an even more ragged group of Confederates, including the 1st GA regulars and elements of the Home Guard. While no longer the South's finest, they are fighting for their homes and their way of life. Even a dog whose cornered will put up the best fight he can.
In between these two groups are Hank and Linda Trent and a contingent of authentic civilians scared crapless by an ugly, nasty war that's come a-calling. You know the Trents will be in period, and the rest of the civilians will make this an event to remember.
The basis for the weekend is movement and reconnaissance. Neither side will be given a "walk through," no rations will be issued AT ALL (though it is a "flat haversack" event), and all information about the environment and the enemy must be gleaned from frightened civilian refugees who are suspicious and wary of both sides (if you had your bacon and valuables looted from your home, you'd be wary, too).
If you want to eat, you'll need to find it, purchase it, steal it, fight for it.
THIS IS A FULL IMMERSION EVENT. NO MODERN TALK WILL BE PERMITTED, NO CAMERAS IN THE RANKS, YOU ARE EXPECTED TO LIVE, THINK AND ACT LIKE A SOLDIER IN 1865.
The web site will be up shortly with more information and a registration form. But in the meantime, get your "Sherman's Bummers" impression dusted off, and prepare to see some things you haven't seen before (a company of skirmishers armed with Henry repeaters), and many things you have in new versions (e.g., sutlers in stores selling period wares and food).
The Rowdy Pards
Jerry, what is the appropriate carbine for late war 9th Michigan? I'm guessing Spencer, but there are a bunch of possibilities (Sharps, Burnside, Henry ... ).