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    There are also three key points to remember about...

    There are also three key points to remember about American speech in the period 1860-1865 - 1) accents and specific phrases could be very locality specific (even in the 1960s in the Missouri bootheel...
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    Curt - Thanks for the information, very useful...

    Curt -
    Thanks for the information, very useful and having seen your name come up during my netsearches on the Sharps, I appreciate your expertise. So, having the rifle in hand and based upon your...
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    Regarding the available Sharps repros - has there...

    Regarding the available Sharps repros - has there been any discussion here of defarbing an Armi-Sport Sharps Infantry Rifle?

    Robert A. Mosher
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    I put the link to the story and video out on...

    I put the link to the story and video out on Facebook yesterday as well.

    Robert A. Mosher
  5. Uh, make that June 22-24, 2012!

    The text makes it clear but Jari's Title line said 2011 when he meant 2012. And I meant 22-24 rather than 22-23!!

    Robert A. Mosher
  6. New York Times Store Offers Confederate Medical Saddlebag

    http://www.nytstore.com/Civil-War-Physicians-Medical-Saddlebag-Circa-1862--1863_p_6711.html - You should be able to use the link to see the online images and description of this medical kit described...
  7. BR - It should be noted that by Fredericksburg,...

    BR -
    It should be noted that by Fredericksburg, even a "relatively inexperienced" volunteer would have been relentlessly drilled in "dry firing" - i.e. going through the steps of loading without...
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    John - I think you can both claim to be write...

    John -
    I think you can both claim to be write for as I recall it (and we actually followed the rules for a 90 mile walk of Hadrian's Wall last year) the rule was 45/15 for the first hour and 50/10...
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    Julio - I was delighted to be able to add...

    Julio -
    I was delighted to be able to add Andrews' excellent book to my collection, definitely one of the best sources available. When I get back from the road I'll see what can be found re "Shadow"...
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    Mint - Reportedly, pressure from the Army...

    Mint -
    Reportedly, pressure from the Army compelled the newspapers to start identifying in some way which journalist was responsible for which report.The question of nom de plumes is a tricky one...
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    Mint - still feel like I'm ducking bullets here,...

    Mint -
    still feel like I'm ducking bullets here, and frankly, I don't like the feeling. How many times do we have to encourage people to go and do some research rather than give them all the...
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    Mint - not quite sure what prompted that tidal...

    Mint -
    not quite sure what prompted that tidal wave of information and perhaps you pardon my paranoia when I admit to suspecting a few rounds flew my way. A number of the points you make would have...
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    Ms Kessinger's caution is generally correct....

    Ms Kessinger's caution is generally correct. However, unlike other civilians following the armies, journalists are fully accredited to be with the army (or not and in that case they are at great risk...
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lansing_State_Journal...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lansing_State_Journal - presumably the Lansing Republican. I would suggest contacting a Lansing Historical society, the state societyor check Michigan State University's...
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    Johnny - As noted, you need civilian clothing...

    Johnny -
    As noted, you need civilian clothing and note pad. I use one of the leather covered ones that you can find at a number of sutlers (mine's from Dell leatherworks and fits into my jacket...
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    Started with the hex version of Gettysburg in...

    Started with the hex version of Gettysburg in 1960 - and with miniatures around 1966, using Tractics for WWII and then Napoleoniques/Frappe for napoleonics - EMPIRE and Pas de Charge. Later moved on...
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    Bill Watson offers some excellent observations...

    Bill Watson offers some excellent observations though perhaps they should be tempered re First Manassas by the observation that at that battle most of the troops were still pretty much amateurs and...
  18. Recommeded reading

    If you wish to know more of the reality of the man Robert E. Lee, I highly recommend "Reading the Man, A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through his Private Letters" by Elizabeth Brown Pryor - published by...
  19. Ca Ira!

    I am a bit surprised not to see "Downfall of Paris" aka "Ca Ira" in that list - I would have that that it would have been noted by someone if it was played as often then as it appears to be now (it's...
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    Pennsylvania Flags

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    Check out the Pennsylvania State Capitol preservation web page and its section on the Civil War Flags. There is contact information for the preservationists and historians working on this...
  21. Plannine for a wet event!

    Okay, you've got enough time to work this out right and you can have the bodies pulled out of the river at the Life and Death on the C&O Canal event a week or two later!

    Robert A. Mosher
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    Brogans and the Fourth Estate

    Ross - you are quite right about not using a heat source to dry them, but I've also had good luck stuffing them full of newspaper (if anyone can still find one! ;D ) which helps draw the moisture...
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    National Archives

    The National Archives is hosting a series of exhibits that talk about its Civil War collections - may not tell you much new but it's a good exhibit. If you haven't visited Ford's Theatre or the...
  24. Ahh, it must have been a grand day that day, would that it were again

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    I think you could make Dave's comment the unanimous opinion of the VI Corps marchers. There were stretches along Constitution Avenue when the bagpiper was apparently out of breath and all...
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    Well, excuuussse me!

    My bad - I thought you were actually trying to get information and didn't realize you had already made up your mind. Have a good time.

    Robert A. Mosher
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