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    I'll miss Dusty and Lefty. As long as they keep...

    I'll miss Dusty and Lefty. As long as they keep doing the annual joke show, I'm a happy camper. About 15 years ago, I was traveling home from the Saylors Creek April event. Nights had been fiercely...
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    ...and life is flowing like ketchup on French...

    ...and life is flowing like ketchup on French fries... (I'm going to miss Garrison Keilor when he retires next year.)
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    How sad. I don't have anything to add besides my...

    How sad. I don't have anything to add besides my condolences.
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    It's my understanding that Americans discarded...

    It's my understanding that Americans discarded the frock a long time before the British did. I don't think they were common here after the 1820s at the latest. The Frenck were still wearing socks as...
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    I'm not sure if I'd say that their vests are...

    I'm not sure if I'd say that their vests are completely buttoned, as they're facing away from the viewer, but the pull across the back does suggest that at least some of the buttons are fastened. The...
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    One of the things I love about George Caleb...

    One of the things I love about George Caleb Bingham is how "lived in" the figure in his paintings are. He's like the American Hogarth. A line of Billy Joel keeps cycling through my mind: "it's sad...
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    More accurately, they're from the English...

    More accurately, they're from the English translations, not necessarily from the Hebrew or Greek. One of the best is "the skin of my teeth." That's from Wycliffe, not the anonymous author of Job.
  8. Havelocks are hot and silly looking. Most of them...

    Havelocks are hot and silly looking. Most of them quickly became coffee trainers and gun patches. I'd rather not see somebody go to Mexican War gear; it's overdone by reenactors and often by the ones...
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    I say "what in Sam Hill" all the time and younger...

    I say "what in Sam Hill" all the time and younger people look like I've lost my mind. I tell them it's how we said "wtf" in the old days.
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    I have no problem seeing graves decorated with...

    I have no problem seeing graves decorated with the U.S.flag. It's a touching symbol of "binding up the nation's wounds" and continuing to "care for him who has borne the fight," both Union and...
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    Bill, I just want to say that I appreciate the...

    Bill, I just want to say that I appreciate the honesty, eloquence and calm with which you write. Boyd, I appreciate your passion. I'm all for examination of the places and reasons for flags and...
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    That's true, but I didn't think that was critical...

    That's true, but I didn't think that was critical to the story
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    That's correct. Antique and antique reproduction...

    That's correct. Antique and antique reproduction s as you defined are a different category from modern firearms. They do not require that they be shipped to an FFL holder. I sent a musket to Illinois...
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    I agree with you wholeheartedly. Most period...

    I agree with you wholeheartedly. Most period religious language and methodology do not speak to modern people. Trying to use them, unless you're clearly doing some sort of scenario either makes you...
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    Mrs L, that thread is so good that I had to go...

    Mrs L, that thread is so good that I had to go back and read it again!
    The all black uniform is indeed regulation, correct and really worn, so it's right. Just realize that it's not the only...
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    The most common documented uniform for...

    The most common documented uniform for Confederate chaplains is civilian clothing. To the best of my knowledge, there were no Confederate regulations governing the chaplains uniform. At certain...
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    The statement from the Lutheran Seminary seems to...

    The statement from the Lutheran Seminary seems to take timing into account. This close to the tragic events is still too close for calm reflection. Communication is a two way street, transmitting and...
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    That would be in the National Cathedral, The...

    That would be in the National Cathedral, The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington, an Episcopalian church that has no connection to the Civil War, so...
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    They even managed to make us sound pretty sane,...

    They even managed to make us sound pretty sane, too. I'm glad he appreciated the struggle we're having, and that we do see the nuances.
    Don't forget the first flag raised on Shuri Castle 70 years...
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    If it was up to me, I would leave them alone...

    If it was up to me, I would leave them alone because every one i can think of was a U.S.officer first,many of some distinction.
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    I feel that to discuss this issue ONLY from the...

    I feel that to discuss this issue ONLY from the angle of reenacting would be very shallow and self-interested. As long as it continues in the generally high tone that it has had, I think there's more...
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    My point exactly, and how can we play a part in...

    My point exactly, and how can we play a part in shining some light on the ignorance instead of reacting to it? And, I think the saltire echoes the imperial Spanish flag, white field, red saltire,...
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    Sure, old canvas gets repurposed all the time. I...

    Sure, old canvas gets repurposed all the time. I don't think anyone would think that unusual enough to write about.
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    A thoughtful essay by someone who should be...

    A thoughtful essay by someone who should be familiar to all of us:http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/25/opinions/rhea-confederate-flag-symbols/index.html
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    Is there possibly an opportunity for us as...

    Is there possibly an opportunity for us as amateur historians to help to correct the record? I mean, how many times have we rolled our eyes and said something like "that isn't a real Confederate...
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