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  1. Agreed. There's lots of interesting music...

    Agreed. There's lots of interesting music actually from the era to hear before we fall back on things that just sound olde-timey...
  2. There was an earlier discussion about clean-out...

    There was an earlier discussion about clean-out screws and I think the rough consensus was that folks just burning powder built up more fouling than folks actually loading bullets. Hence the...
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    I don't know about contracts, but here are the...

    I don't know about contracts, but here are the basic specs according to Kilburn:

    "FRESH BEEF.

    "Contracts for fresh beef should require steers, (not bulls, stags, heifers, or cows,) and over...
  4. Like. That's good to know.

    Like. That's good to know.
  5. How it got lost is a mystery to me. It was there...

    How it got lost is a mystery to me. It was there at the beginning of a five mile walk and gone at the end. I can only think that somehow in handling it I loosened it and it fell out on the last...
  6. Thank you, Curt and Bernie. I'm pretty...

    Thank you, Curt and Bernie. I'm pretty scrupulous about cleaning but I'll take some measurements too. Right now the short ones are just a backup. I plan to be at Spotsylvania, so I may be able to...
  7. Question about replacing a 61 Springfield clean-out screw

    I'm a little embarrassed not to know this, but not so embarrassed that I won't ask help from more knowledgeable folks here.

    Several months ago, after a march of a few miles, I discovered that...
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    http://books.google.com/books?id=il1RBHv577YC&prin...

    http://books.google.com/books?id=il1RBHv577YC&printsec=frontcover&dq=intitle:ration+inauthor:horsford&hl=en&sa=X&ei=tPRCU7_GJrbJsQSz6oDoAw&ved=0CDEQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false

    Second the cake flour...
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    I've mentioned this book before but it's worth...

    I've mentioned this book before but it's worth another look in this context. One of the challenges faced by the Subsistence Department was the weight and quality of the ration when it finally got to...
  10. Yes, but notice that it's not dropping that far,...

    Yes, but notice that it's not dropping that far, and it starts dropping from the beginning of data collection at the end of the 18th century. The high point is 48. The discussion this chart's...
  11. "Very likely" may be overstated. I've been...

    "Very likely" may be overstated. I've been having this conversation with some fellows elsewhere. During the period we're mostly concerned with, average life expectancy at age twenty was somewhere...
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    Second that. Taking the question literally,...

    Second that. Taking the question literally, neither would fit anywhere in the infantry company chain of command, as neither one exists in an infantry company. As such, any NCO in said company would...
  13. Para. 932 in the Regs mentions an enlistment term...

    Para. 932 in the Regs mentions an enlistment term of five years. Maximum age for enlistment in the regulars was under 35. Not many made it to fifty. Pete Bereczuk posted the vital stats on the...
  14. It's hard to imagine that they couldn't at least...

    It's hard to imagine that they couldn't at least take a gum blanket -- I'll have to have another look at that part of Lincoln's book. I do remember him saying that the regimental staff were...
  15. You can position one on each side of the "box"...

    You can position one on each side of the "box" portion next to the back, heels out under the shoulder flaps, tie the laces together, and strap the knapsack shut. Or you can stick them in the back...
  16. Here's another order about carrying stuff: W....

    Here's another order about carrying stuff:

    W. S. Lincoln, in "Life With the Thirty-Fourth Mass. Infantry" records Hunter's Department of West Virginia G.O. 29 for May 22, 1864, which reads in...
  17. Part II Series I, Volume 25, pp. 544-547 CAMP...

    Part II Series I, Volume 25, pp. 544-547

    CAMP NEAR FALMOUTH, VA., May 29, 1863.
    Brig. Gen. M. C. MEIGS,
    Quartermaster- General U~ S. Army, Washington, D. C:

    GENERAL: I have the honor...
  18. “An Experiment in Knapsack Weight” From the...

    “An Experiment in Knapsack Weight”
    From the Official Records, Series I, Volume 25, Part II, pp. 486-489

    SPECIAL ORDERS, HEAD QUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
    No. 65. Camp near Falmouth, Va., March...
  19. Obviously the coffee pot died on May 24, 1864,...

    Obviously the coffee pot died on May 24, 1864, and the AOP had left Brandy Station not long before. But Apted had been in the army for two years by then, going through every major campaign of the...
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    Stats or no stats, nothing says "S___'s gettin'...

    Stats or no stats, nothing says "S___'s gettin' real" like fixed bayonets. ;)
  21. I know I've posted this two or three times before...

    I know I've posted this two or three times before but here's a quote from Pvt. Alfred Apted of the 16th MI from his journal of May 24, 1864, which seems relevant here and also touches on the...
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    Mumbley peg.

    Mumbley peg.
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    The US government issued 2 million haversacks in...

    The US government issued 2 million haversacks in the FY ending June 30, 1864 (ORs III/4 p. 86) to a force of about 900,000, many of whom were officers or in hospital or otherwise not needing...
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    Thanks Hank! I appreciate it.

    Thanks Hank! I appreciate it.
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    Hank, you can probably give us a decent read on...

    Hank, you can probably give us a decent read on where to go for flour that meets contemporary specifications, especially for hardtack. The following are excerpts from Kilburn's "Notes on Preparing...
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