Monday, May 14, 2007
#3 Oklahoma Sooners v. #14 North Carolina Tarheels
#3 Oklahoma Sooners
#14 North Carolina Tarheels
Description: Settlers who entered the Unassigned Lands, located in the current state of Oklahoma, before President Benjamin Harrison officially proclaimed them open to settlement with the Indian Appropriation Act of 1889 on March 2, 1889. The name derived from the "sooner clause" of the Indian Appropriation Act, which stated that no one should be allowed to enter and occupy the land prior to the opening time and that such people would be denied rights to illegally-claimed land.
Weapons: Basic settlement gear - shovels, axes, pickaxes, etc. Probably a rifle as well.
Advantages: Complete disregard for the law. Human intelligence. Hungry to act first.
Disadvantages: No particular skills in battle.
Description: This term, like Hoosiers and Sooners, refers generally to the inhabitants of the state of North Carolina.
My favorite explanation of the term comes from a letter by Robert E. Lee, the Confederate General, in which he states (referring to a battle involving men from North Carolina) "There they stand as if they have tar on their heels."
North Carolina used to be a major tar producing state.
For these purposes, I'm using the general militia of North Carolina from the Civil War ers.
Primary weapons: Whitworth rifle and Austrian Model 1854 rifle-musket
Most popular Sidearm: Le Mat revolver
Close combat: swords
Advantages: Military experience. Dogged defensemen - they hold their ground well.
Disadvantages: Outdated single shot weapon technology.
The Tarheels approach their chosen battlefield, ready to set up defenses for the upcoming onslaught by the Sooners. Much to their chagrin, the Sooners were already there. They popped up out of the ditches, and attempted to claim the battlefield for themselves. In the initial confusion, the Tarheels took heavy losses.
After a brief skirmish, the remaining Tarheels manage to set up a defensive line, while the untrained Sooners are still running around in confusion. The military experience of the Tarheels and ability to hold their ground eventually wins out over the dogged determination of the Sooners. One by one, the Sooners are shot down.