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  1. I have found this article...

    I have found this article to be extremely helpful.
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    I found The Rifle Musket in Civil War Combat by...

    I found The Rifle Musket in Civil War Combat by Earl Hess to be an interesting and thoughtful analysis. Of course, I read Herodotus for fun, so my definition of "interesting" might be a little odd.
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    Maryland, My Maryland will remain the gold...

    Maryland, My Maryland will remain the gold standard for years to come. Happy to say that I was there.
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    The biggest three are the Ohio Village (in...

    The biggest three are the Ohio Village (in Columbus), Hale Farm (near Akron), and Zoar Village. All three are Army of the Ohio events. I've sent you a PM if you'd like a little more info.
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    He was initially an enlisted man, but was...

    He was initially an enlisted man, but was eventually commissioned. I think by the end of the war he was regimental commander.
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    Now THAT'S funny! Where can a fella get a...

    Now THAT'S funny!

    Where can a fella get a rifle case large enough to hold his Springfield (and perhaps some of his accouterments)? Is this something you can pick up at most any Cabela's?
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    Makes sense to me. I know that my beehive holds a...

    Makes sense to me. I know that my beehive holds a cup or two of rainwater that pours out whenever I look down. I'd be willing to bet though that this is more of an ancillary benefit than a root cause.
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    Dutch, the 41st OVI is a good mainstream unit...

    Dutch, the 41st OVI is a good mainstream unit based out of NE Ohio. They're family friendly, part of the Army of the Ohio, attend a nice variety of local and national events, and galvanize pretty...
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    Okay guys, thank you all for the advice. My wife...

    Okay guys, thank you all for the advice. My wife is currently thinking that she'll just disassemble the thing and salvage as much material as she can for a contract blouse for me. Sigh.
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    Dyeing Wool?

    I have something of an odd question that does not deal directly with the CW, but I reckoned folks in this section would be the best help. Mods, if you need to delete or move this, I surely...
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    I'll admit that I have fantasized about shooting...

    I'll admit that I have fantasized about shooting one of those things down too. Where can I get a license and tags? What's the bag limit? What's the best way to cook one? I'm thinking in a casserole...
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    I received two travelling inkwells for Christmas...

    I received two travelling inkwells for Christmas two years ago, and I am nothing but happy with both of them. My wife did the ordering and was extremely pleased with the level of customer service....
  13. Except a Major's star was typically five pointed,...

    Except a Major's star was typically five pointed, these are six. From the shirt collar I'm inclined to think that it's prewar too.
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    Thant's outstanding! Now you've got a whole new...

    Thant's outstanding! Now you've got a whole new regiment to study up on: the 7th WV. You know, of course, that you now owe Lorenz a bottle (or six) of his favorite adult beverage! :)
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    Define crowdsourcing: getting your information...

    Define crowdsourcing: getting your information from the crowd. Some folks really know what they're talking about, others are so far off as to not be in the same area code. This technique is often...
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    Let me reiterate that you don't need to buy...

    Let me reiterate that you don't need to buy Ancestry yourself. You can go to a library or historical/genealogical society. Lorenz is willing to help, but it's been my experience (I'm a curator) that...
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    If you know anything else like the names of his...

    If you know anything else like the names of his parents, siblings, or children you might check out the National Archives for census records. This might give you a better date of his birth, residence,...
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    I'm 6'1" and it works for me. If there are good...

    I'm 6'1" and it works for me. If there are good trees nearby you can eschew the poles too. When you set up though, remember how the overlap of the two halves sit in relation to each other--you want...
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    Sometimes if you order several items at once,...

    Sometimes if you order several items at once, then it might take longer for you to get your order. They might have items A, B, and C in stock but need to wait to receive D before they ship the whole...
  20. I'm not trying to be a jerk, just give you your...

    I'm not trying to be a jerk, just give you your first lesson: "Calvary" is a hill. "Cavalry" is a guy on a horse.

    Whereabouts in Colorado are you? I'm pretty certain that there are groups in...
  21. I agree that our "chain-of-command" has no real...

    I agree that our "chain-of-command" has no real teeth. But even so, we can still bring things like this up. It might not help with the immediate problem, but possibly a raised awareness might...
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    That's the way of it.

    That's the way of it.
  23. I'm thinking of something I learned in the modern...

    I'm thinking of something I learned in the modern Army: "The six Ps". Most of you know it.

    Several excellent points have been touched upon: the idea of "units" (no matter what you call them) that...
  24. Okay, so I'm a man and we all know that men are...

    Okay, so I'm a man and we all know that men are not wired to just listening, but trying to fix things. What can we do to fix this?

    By definition and custom, military groups center around...
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    Gentlemen. Thank you all for this discussion....

    Gentlemen.

    Thank you all for this discussion. While it doesn't help me to answer the original fella who asked the question, my personal arsenal of information is a little better stocked to give...
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