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    So really, if non-smoking in ranks is the desired...

    So really, if non-smoking in ranks is the desired outcome, talk to your commanding officer. See if he'll issue an order to that effect. You can even push it up to a battalion-wide command, but that...
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    Obviously neither of us intended or advised...

    Obviously neither of us intended or advised destruction of property. Such an action would absolutely warrant the actions you indicate, up to and including prosecution under the law.
    There was a...
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    If you throw a handful of gravel in the air it...

    If you throw a handful of gravel in the air it messes with a bat's radar and they crash. Now I'm not sayin'... ;)
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    No. Leave it alone. Arms were bright. Warren knew...

    No. Leave it alone. Arms were bright. Warren knew there were Confederates opposite LRT at Gettysburg because he saw the gleam of bayonets in the woods. They didn't soak bayonets in vinegar or battery...
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    That's a cool perspective to see a reenactment...

    That's a cool perspective to see a reenactment from. Who knew our ranks were that straight and orderly when we line up! Still, I only watched 1:47 until I decided that this viewpoint isn't for me. It...
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    The only 2 125th events I did were Gettysburg and...

    The only 2 125th events I did were Gettysburg and Wilderness/Spotsylvania. They were just as awesome as my comrades in arms remember them to be! I remember needing 2 hours to get on the field simply...
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    The period painting "Reveille on a Winter...

    The period painting "Reveille on a Winter Morning" shows two gentlemen lighting up on the far left of the painting. I would assume that they intend to smoke what they've lit so either a) they think...
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    Depends on which ranks you mean, too. At the...

    Depends on which ranks you mean, too. At the route step marching from point A to B? Lying on arms while uncommitted in battle? Sunday dress parade? In addition to the commonsense reasons above, add...
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    I'm guessing that they're probably from plates set under flowerpots. Those tables are perfect for setting under a windowsill.
  10. I have 2 of these - does it have a yardstick...

    I have 2 of these - does it have a yardstick printed along one edge? The size and leg details are identical to one that I have that has a yardstick.
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    It was my pleasure to reenact with George...

    It was my pleasure to reenact with George Woodbridge back in the 70s and early 80s. I intentionally sought him out once to ask him about that Berdan painting. His response was very much like ours:...
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    That's hilarious! And it is a really good idea!...

    That's hilarious! And it is a really good idea! You could use one of them as the background of a shadowbox with a period bullet in the foreground. Great stocking stuffer...
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    The greatcoated look is pretty popular on...

    The greatcoated look is pretty popular on veteran's statues. The one downtown in my hometown has a greatcoat on also. I don't know much about the history of the monuments themselves, but I suspect...
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    I'm glad I called that correctly! You can make...

    I'm glad I called that correctly! You can make the mid-1863 time-bracket work for you in so many ways. For instance, the armies were constantly on the move during that time, so we emphasized a...
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    I think I learned more about the other members...

    I think I learned more about the other members through posts in the Whine Cellar than I did through posts in the more directed fora. I remember fondly a thread in which several of us discussed our...
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    Every forum needs an OT section. Unfortunately,...

    Every forum needs an OT section. Unfortunately, over the years, the Whine Cellar became filled with modern political posts that were sometimes exceptionally acrimonious, and stuff about antique toys....
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    I know perfectly intelligent and contributing adults who are clueless about history and politics - the subjects which make up the discipline generally known as "civics." They are simply subjects...
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    Danville is in a pretty rural part of the state....

    Danville is in a pretty rural part of the state. Was he always from there? Did he move there after the war? Did he simply find a regiment that was recruiting in the area (Scranton's not very far away...
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    That was where my lifetime admiration for the...

    That was where my lifetime admiration for the Iron Brigade began. "Pick one and run with it." I couldn't agree more. I'm already on record here favoring the minimalist approach to uniiform and...
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    Unless I'm mistaken, the original poster is...

    Unless I'm mistaken, the original poster is raising a unit in California. Out there, since there are no original battlefields, there is much less emphasis on recreating those "anniversary" battles. I...
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    Since you have a specific timeframe already laid...

    Since you have a specific timeframe already laid out, summer 1863 Gettysburg Campaign, that helps in your uniform impression. For instance, you can throw out ever having to wear II Corps badges as...
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    Curt: I love that illustration! Now THAT's an...

    Curt: I love that illustration! Now THAT's an impression worth doing. Distinctive enough with the Sharps and cap, but not so much that you'll be a sore thumb with only a few men on the typical...
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    If you use slightly long stakes that raise the...

    If you use slightly long stakes that raise the sides of a buttoned-together shelter tent up off the ground about a foot or so, then sleep then sleep sideways, you should have all the room you're...
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    I briefly carried what turned out to be a target...

    I briefly carried what turned out to be a target rifle with original barrel and lock on a new stock for a while with a sharpshooter unit. Absolutely terrible gun for drilling. Yes, they can be had...
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    I don't think anyone makes a period target rifle...

    I don't think anyone makes a period target rifle anymore. Originals are available, but you're talking about a 150 year old gun, so shootability is questionable. I'd hold the line at Sharps.
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