10th Massachusetts, authenticity, Brigade of the American Revolution, common people, common soldier, interpretation, living history, Revolutionary War, vacation
The School of Instruction is always interesting, and this year was no exception. One of my favorite activities is walking with the troops (well, behind). The experience is usually surreal, and the walk we took behind Knox’s Headquarters met expectations.
Knox’s Headquarters was a new location for us, with new activities: we played a Jingling Match, which resulted in as much giggling as jingling, and felt like the Walking Dead met the 18th Century.
The game is pretty simple: mark out an area, blindfold as many as are willing to play, and set one without blindfold loose. The object is to touch the person ringing the bell, and it is a hilarious and merry game indeed, though I do agree with Mr McC that playing with a number of men full in their cups, or at certain sites (Stony Point comes to mind) would be too dangerous.
Still, it’s simple and fun, if a little Kubrickian when you first tie on the blindfold. The person who catches the jingler is the next one to taunt the blindfolded.
Next stop? Bell research, of course. I definitely want to play this in Newport later this summer.
Sounds like a fun game to try. Relate to Blind Man’s Bluff. I wonder if one precedes the other.
They may be contemporaneous. I know Blind Man’s Bluff was played here in RI in 1788– it was played at Abby Brown’s wedding party. Both are good!