Travel theme: Youngsters

As part of the Knoxville Civil War Sesquicentennial celebration this past weekend, the Historic Gaming Club of Knoxville set up miniature battlefields in the East Tennessee History Center.

Gaming Club members set up miniature battlefield.

Knoxville Gaming Club members set up miniature battlefield at East Tennessee History Center.

The goal?  Let youngsters get hands-on experience with troop movements, battle maneuvers, etc., with the roll of the dice.

Ready to roll the dice and determine the next troop movement.

Ready to roll the dice and determine the next troop movement.

Tiny soldiers on tiny fields stood ready with tiny flags, artillery, and such.

Confederate soldiers ready for battle!

Confederate soldiers ready for battle!

Mostly, though, the youngsters we saw discussing the hows and whys of troop movement were the big ‘uns, the ones wearing the blue and the gray!

A big youngster adjusts the playing field!

A big youngster adjusts the playing field!

But a good time was had by all!

For more pics of youngsters, move on over to Ailsa’s blog Where’s My Backpack and check out Travel theme: Youngsters.

For more about Civil War celebrations in Knoxville, go see these sites:

East Tennessee Historical Society: Blue & Gray Reunion and Freedom Jubilee: http://www.easttnhistory.org/bluegray

Knox County Civil War Sesquicentennialhttp://knoxcivilwar.org/Knoxcivilwar/Home.html

About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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9 Responses to Travel theme: Youngsters

  1. Oh, wow! Hands-on Miniature battlefields are so much fun. I bet my son will go crazy on this. It’s good to go back to good old toys and be away from smartphone and computer games. A great way for kids to socialize too. Thanks. All the best to you and your family.

    • It was a great way to socialize, and I’ve known some former students who were so caught up in “play” that they developed a new love and appreciation not only for the real thing but also the miniatures and other collectibles. Thanks for reading!

  2. My son would have loved that when he was younger.

  3. Ancestors of mine, mainly on the Union side, fought in Tennessee and Kentucky. Someday, I would love to do more research. –Curt

  4. Amy says:

    Youngsters learn fast when they get hands-on experience! Great take on, Rusha. 🙂

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