Slate: The Pro-Union Civil War Board Game That Was the Chutes and Ladders of 1862

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Slate: The Pro-Union Civil War Board Game That Was the Chutes and Ladders of 1862

By Rebecca Onion

Slate - Seccession Game from 1862In 1862, a year into the Civil War, the Philadelphia publishing company Charlton & Althrop registered a trademark for this optimistic and bellicose “Game of Secession, or Sketches of the Rebellion.” The four-color game board is a collage of small patriotic scenes, portraits of Union and Confederate generals, and cartoons mocking the Confederate cause.

Printed 19 years after the publication of the first board game in the United States, this game’s method of play is simple: Using two dice or a “tee-to-tum,” {a spinner – Ed.} players advanced the number of spaces dictated by their throw…..

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