What happened to tourists travelling thru the north and south in civil war times? Were they constantly detained and forced to show papers?
blubellchk obviously has little imagination
- bluLv 72 months agoFavourite answer
Oddly enough, as the first battle of Bull Run was becoming imminent (Sumter aside, this battle is considered the opening salvo of war), many citizens gravitated to the area (it's 27 miles f/ DC) in an almost festive/picnic-like atmosphere. That only happened once. Any civilian travelers during war are subject to being detained w/ search and interrogation.
- John PLv 71 month ago
In those days the concept of 'tourist' scarcely existed. And indeed nobody wants to travel through a war zone for pleasure.
- 1 month ago
People did not travel as much back then, and those who did were probably not traveling to a war zone.
- FLv 61 month ago
Yeh, it was big tourist hot spot right in the middle of a war. Bit like Syria or Afghanistan today, their tourist boards are worked off their feet!
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- 1 month ago
You know, tourism wasn't a big industry back then.
- MarliLv 72 months ago
I assume that anyone attempting to enter a military zone or cross battle lines had to produce a pass and/or give a convincing reason for wanting to visit the opposite side each time he is challenged.
Something like "My grandfather in New York died and I must execute his will and settle his affairs. Here is his lawyer's letter to me." or "I am American correspondent for the "Allegemeine Zeitung" Here are my papers and letters of introduction." Or "I am selling pies. Wouldn't your soldiers like to buy them?"
- koog johnLv 52 months ago
if the traveller allowed it. spys are civilian so armies usually have descriptions of known spys. They are also on the lookout for other civiilian combants like weapons shippers and sellers.
other espinoge can use civilian combatants also.
someone mention skin color? why certainly they usually carry lots of money. they were selling oil and drugs back then too.get real. you defend your drug dealers.
- Larry CLv 72 months ago
They were few, and YES.
- PhilLv 62 months ago
Yes, especially black tourists.
- Anonymous2 months ago
You don't get tourists in a war zone.