Off-duty Amusement

by Fred Ray on July 18, 2008 · 2 comments

Now this sounds like an interesting tour. Might be even better if they included something stronger than water, and perhaps a period condom. Beats having to tote that Enfield around.

“Hard Liquor and Women” – How Off-Duty Soldiers Amused Themselves During the Siege of Petersburg

At 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2008 a living history event will commence from the Petersburg City Visitor Center on Cockade Alley. “Hard Liquor and Women” will follow an 1864 newspaper reporter as he walks the streets of Old Towne Petersburg making observations and conducting interviews to see how Confederate soldiers pass their scarce leisure time away from the boredom, noise and danger of the City’s defense lines.

Accompany the reporter as he encounters a preacher railing against “sins of the flesh”, a tavern keeper plying his trade, and citizens complaining about lawlessness in the city. A provost guard will have his hands full as he apprehends a drunken soldier, and possibly a “lady of the night”. Learn about a side of the Siege of Petersburg rarely written about.

This walking tour is free and requires no registration. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended and participants are encouraged to bring a bottle of water.


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Matthew Young July 18, 2008 at 12:06 pm

I wish I lived in the area, this sounds like a fun and educational tour…

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Tammy July 18, 2008 at 10:26 pm

If you can’t make it on July 19th; you can visit Petersburg any time and take the tour. There are signs that you follow for the walking tour. Petersburg is a very interesting and very friendly city!

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