True South: African-Americans in Tennessee: Let’s get one thing straight first. Andrew Johnson was a huge asshole and a significant barrier to social progress during his Presidency. And while Tennessee under his watch did exempt the state, this decision was soon overturned on account that slavery was a clear and present danger to the Union. Additionally, many African-American troops in the state who joined the Union Army at the time gained some increased social standing, although sadly this did not last post-war.On New Years’ Day 1863, Nashville slaves fled their masters en masse, believing themselves freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, but to their anguished surprise, Union authorities forcibly returned them to their owners.
Unbeknownst to them, Tennessee’s Union governor Andrew Johnson exempted occupied portions of the state from the Proclamation, and Nashville’s Negro population never forgot this betrayal. Almost two years later, a shattered Federal army fled to Nashville after crushing defeats by General Cleburne’s Confederates at Spring Hill and Franklin. Slaves knew of Cleburne’s promise, “Whosoever joins with me, I shall set free,” and many prayed for his triumph to win their freedom.
The Battle of Nashville eliminated the last vestige of Union authority in Tennessee, and afterwards Cleburne proved as good as his word. While it made him enemies among Nashville slave owners, the city’s Negroes rallied to his side, including many who now labor at The Works. As a result, every attempt to sabotage The Works has been thwarted by the workers themselves, and Cleburne’s army wants for little in the way of materiel. It’s the least they can do, many say, to repay “The Stonewall of the West.”
There's actually a fair amount of science fiction horror throughout the Deadlands modules -- the aliens who live inside Devil's Tower, for example. The Tremors movies were also very influential on the milieu.I was thinking to myself, “Portals into space? That doesn’t feel very Deadlands!” And then I remembered the space-portal that shows up two hundred years later. I guess this counts as foreshadowing?