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Date Posted: 23:59:07 01/24/07 Wed
Author: Mrs. Lawson, Civilian Coordinator
Subject: Re: Getting in shape for BGR?
In reply to: Silvana 's message, "Getting in shape for BGR?" on 06:05:34 01/23/07 Tue

Since a few folks not involved in portraying civilian activities seem to have an idea of what we ought to be doing, let me make a few things clear.....

Both wood and water procurement will be a large concern of daily life for civilians at this event, just as it was for civilians of the period.

Civilians WILL be relying on deadfall as well as a limited amount of cut wood. The ability to use an axe is one of the requirements within each family unit. Folks are allowed to be sore, tired and awkward---they are not allowed to be helpless. Skills and knowledge normal for the period and class portrayed are expected.

We're WELL AWARE that we cannot cut standing timber in a National Forest. The links to the Kitsatchie and its regulations have been on the civilian list-serve for this event for several months.

Civilians have also been informed of the need to supply themselves with adequate chamber pots to haul to the vault toilets in the primitive areas.

Civilians have been informed of the need to haul water--with the best way to do that being with that fine piece of period equipment, a water yoke. My neighbors have gotten used to seeing me manuever around with a yoke around my neck and a pair of 4 gallon buckets hanging from it. I'm beginning to feel like a linebacker.

While there were upper class civilians with servants in the path of Bank's march, we are not portraying them--instead we are portraying the scattered poor farmers also in the area.

Gentlemen, you'll find that these folks have less to sustain themselves than either army did, and will have children and old people in tow as well.

As in the period, we wish we had more of our men folk at home, and we wish we were not farming and fending for ourselves. That however is the reality of this war.

You will find that those isolated farm families were neither helpless nor stupid.

Kind Regards,

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