Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Golf Ball Civil War
Lately, one of my favorite games is golf ball civil war. In this game, Daddy reads selections from Shelby Foote's Civil War series and we act out the battle using golf balls to represent troop formations. The yellow golf balls are the union while the white golf balls are the confederacy. One great thing about golf balls is that they roll nicely, so it's easy to simulate charges and retreats. We also have golf balls representing the main generals leading each side.
We recently replayed the Battle of Murfreesboro (or Stones River if you're with the Union). The leading general on the Union "team" was William Rosecrans or "Old Rosey" as he was known to the troops. We found a pink golf ball for him. I also have incorporated a couple of horses from my Thomas set to represent the cavalry on each side.
We've done a bunch of these battles including Gettysburg (1st day), Chancellorsville (2nd day), Haines Bluff, Murfreesboro, and a cavalry raid by General John (Hunt) Morgan.