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  1. Thread: Uh Oh...

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    Uh Oh...

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/three-children-injured-cannon-utah-civil-war-reenactment-n131576

    Hope the kids are okay, but what were they doing so close to a cannon?
  2. One of the interesting things about those smoke...

    One of the interesting things about those smoke rings is that while they look deceptively delicate and pretty, there is actually an air vortex inside there that contains an amazing amount of energy....
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    Everything is open to interpretation :) My...

    Everything is open to interpretation :) My interpretation would be that the 1862 campaigns determined that the South was not going to win the war militarily. And the the 1863 campaigns determined...
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    I'd be interested in knowing why the original...

    I'd be interested in knowing why the original poster is asking the question? Are quartermaster and ordnance sergeants trying to boss the NCOs in his company around? Tell 'em to go scratch! :)
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    The leather neck stocks were intended as a form...

    The leather neck stocks were intended as a form of armor, but not just by themselves. If you look at the full-dress infantry uniform you have the neck stocks, the brass shoulder scales and the tall...
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    I've found that interspersing the history with...

    I've found that interspersing the history with the geography works well with young people. Kids are fascinated with Little Round Top and Devil's Den because they are just so unusual physically. Of...
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    Even if the story is apocryphal, it seems to...

    Even if the story is apocryphal, it seems to catch the essence of the man pretty well.
  8. There is "Rest on Arms" with the rifle reversed,...

    There is "Rest on Arms" with the rifle reversed, muzzle placed on the left foot, and both hands folded on the butt with the head bowed over the hands (but with the hat on). (This is described in the...
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    Yes, fire safety is critical! We had a wall tent...

    Yes, fire safety is critical! We had a wall tent burn up in our civilian camp at Neshaminy a few years ago.
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    Whatever you do, don't use too much! Especially...

    Whatever you do, don't use too much! Especially on any leather item that will come in contact with your clothing. I made that mistake with a new rifle sling and it was oozing so much oil I couldn't...
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    Interesting question. The closest I've come was...

    Interesting question. The closest I've come was an 1860 election event at Harper's Ferry.
  12. As irritating as the current situation might be,...

    As irritating as the current situation might be, we should put things in perspective. The very thing we all reenact was brought about when the politicians REALLY couldn't get along :)
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    Very interesting! Yes, we've come quite a ways...

    Very interesting! Yes, we've come quite a ways since then. I think the thing in this film that amazes me the most are the officers standing in front of their men while they are firing. Why would they...
  14. While it is certainly possible to put on a good...

    While it is certainly possible to put on a good living history program without doing any firing, if this event was planned and advertised as a regular 'firing' reenactment, then it's hardly fair to...
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    I can't see any way of converting a carbine to a...

    I can't see any way of converting a carbine to a rifle without replacing the whole barrel assembly, forestock and barrel bands. That would cost so much that any savings you got by buying the carbine...
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    Of course one thing we always need to keep in...

    Of course one thing we always need to keep in mind is that the colonel of a regiment can do any darn thing he pleases :) He's in command and if he wants to march his regiment backwards for 300 yards...
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    Marching backwards is in the manual, but I can't...

    Marching backwards is in the manual, but I can't recall reading any accounts of it being used in combat. But who knows?
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    I too was very impressed. As commander of the...

    I too was very impressed. As commander of the Federal 3rd Division (the first (and probably last) time I've ever held so high a post) I had the chance to witness a large event from the perspective of...
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    Temperatures predicted to be 85, 85, 84, 83. It...

    Temperatures predicted to be 85, 85, 84, 83. It doesn't get any better than that this time of year and it can get far, FAR worse! Looks like we are going to be very lucky with the weather!
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    Yes, I was there this past Sunday and it looked...

    Yes, I was there this past Sunday and it looked no busier than most weekends and a heck of a lot less busy than Remembrance Day! :) We drove around the park and through the town and there were no...
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    I'm a little surprised at all the casually...

    I'm a little surprised at all the casually affirmative answers here. You'd let a total stranger wander up and fall in with you at an event? Wow, our units sure wouldn't. With prior contact and...
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    It's true that some officers did carry a rifle,...

    It's true that some officers did carry a rifle, but I can't believe that it was all that common. First of all, the officer would be forced to carry it and the ammunition and accouterments--quite a...
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    Well, any pics you can find from the 135th...

    Well, any pics you can find from the 135th Anniversary reenactment will show you the site. Same location.
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    Well sometimes you do have to punch young...

    Well sometimes you do have to punch young officers in the head to get their attention...

    Oh! You meant the officer punched the horse! Well that's just cruel!
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    The issue of rank is a tricky one in reenacting....

    The issue of rank is a tricky one in reenacting. I've been elected to be the commander of the Mifflin Guard. Technically that makes me a 'colonel', but I've never had any problem dressing down if our...
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