Trivia Question for October 5, 2017 – Civil War game

What game was a common pastime for Civil War Soldiers?

A) Roulette
B) Lice Racing
C) Chicken Picking

ANSWER:

Lice racing

Traditionally the life of a soldier involves long stretches of boredom punctuated by brief and seemingly unending moments of stark terror. During the Civil War gambling was a popular way for combatants on both sides to pass the time and relieve the boredom. Lice races were a favorite form of gambling. The critters were plentiful, active, and required little care. Even the lowest ranking soldier could maintain a stable of miniscule steeds. Lice races were often accompanied by much excitement and wagering. Two owners would place their animals in the center of a tin plate. Spectators bet on the “runners.” Upon the command “Go!” the two competitors, cheered by their respective supporters, run for the edge of the plate. The first to cross over the edge of the plate was declared the winner.

http://www.gamblingtimes.com/writers/bliggett/bliggett_winter2002-03_es.html?highlight=WyJsaWNlIHJhY2VzIl0=

14 of 24 check-ins were correct tonight.

Thanks to all that checked into the net. Special thanks to N6CIZ for use of the repeater.

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