Howdy All and a Happy New Year!
Speaking on the subject of Scenarios involving freed slaves and those
persons of Sub-Saharan African descent (Africa is a continent with a
few Arab nations) taking part in such scenarios you will have to find
someone who is willing to do so for the duraion of the scenario or
event. A few years ago I was prioviledge to portray Major GEneral
Jas. B. McPherson for the 135th aniversary of the Siege of Vicksburg.
An older black gentleman presented himself to the reenacotors there
as a freed slave from the area and that he was on one of the
General's servants. He was appropriately attired in flannel shirt
jean clothe trousers cotton suspenders and brogans. Unfortunately for
me as the last General to present himself at the surender ceremony I
was passed on this servant. (historically McPhereson was the first
Union General on site but since I was promissed a mount three years
in a row, but did not get one any of those times, I was the last to
arrive as the other generals and their staffs rode to the site) The
man introduced himself as "Simon" and stated that he was 'my
Great...yet another of life's many curves that scenario makers throw
at people! Needless to say he stuck with me throughout the surender
ceremony two paces to the rear and two to the left. Afterwards we
were off to town for the establishing of Union Headquarters at the
Balfour House which still stands today. Since none of the scenario
was passed on to 'Simon'by the powers that be he decided to emprovise
upstaging my lines and those of others insisting that 'He' get paid
for his service before the crowd as we are attempting to conduct our
part of the scenario.(Bad Form) Luckily I had a total of sixty-three
cents in my pocket and handed it to him and shut him up so that we
conducted our scene. After the chearing and applause Simon was gone
leaving the rest of the reenactors to set up the Headquarters for the
next phase of the scenario. Later I discovered that he had not been
part of the scheduled program that he had just showed up and forced
himself into the program.
My Point? Be careful- Organize find someone who will accept the part
and be true to it.
On another note of Men of Color, our unit portrays the 43rd
(Monmouthshire) Light Infantry and historically we had in our ranks a
Black man named, Gibeon Lippett, a Free Black American from Rhode
Island who sailed to England and joined the 43rd Regt. in 1797 and
fought through the Peninsula and at New Orleans. So, we have an
openning.... We will be at New Orleans sans-Lippett hope to see many
of you there.