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    I hesitate to ask, but must: A "dingle blade...

    I hesitate to ask, but must: A "dingle blade knife" conjures up disturbing images. Please tell us that was a typo. :-)
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    and this: ...

    and this:

    http://www.cwreenactors.com/forum/showthread.php?15664-A-fine-new-frying-pan&highlight=frying+pans
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    There's this, too: ...

    There's this, too:

    http://www.cwreenactors.com/forum/showthread.php?26666-Timeless-design&highlight=frying+pans
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    If you have a fairly good crowd and want to be a...

    If you have a fairly good crowd and want to be a little more dramatic, I've often thought a scenario in which a box from home arrived for a soldier who had been killed while the box was in transit...
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    Ingenious anti-tip handcart device

    Found this in a child labor collection in the Library of Congress. This handcart was for a "newsie." Note the third wheel rather than a fold-down post on the front to stabilize the cart during...
  6. There are suppliers who produce uniforms using...

    There are suppliers who produce uniforms using period techniques. Weapons, not so much. Dyes, yes; original formulas for "painted cloths," not quite, we simply don't use litharge any more because we...
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    Vince, Be careful what you wish for. :-) A...

    Vince,
    Be careful what you wish for. :-) A great many of those involved in this forum are used to "functional" staff officers, especially at larger events where there are real logistics handled by...
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    "Can this be achieved through vision statements,...

    "Can this be achieved through vision statements, sop's, and unit regulations, or does it require a leader with a vision? Or does it require both to some degree?"

    Both. A vision statement or...
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    There's tons to see, and some enduring attitude...

    There's tons to see, and some enduring attitude to savor and mine for insight into why South Carolinians sometimes described their state as too small for a Republic and too big for an insane asylum. ...
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    1. When in doubt about what to do next, take a...

    1. When in doubt about what to do next, take a hit. (I still do this....)
    2. After you take a hit, remain aware of horses and if any come within 10 yards, GET UP.

    No. 2 is the voice of...
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    A good rectangular trench, with a nice flat...

    A good rectangular trench, with a nice flat bottom, deeper than it is wide, does an incredible job of containing and focusing heat. Once you've used one, an above-ground fire with anything suspended...
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    Things work better if you look at what sergeants...

    Things work better if you look at what sergeants and corporals actually do, not who gets to tell who do to what. Ideally corporals are ready to be first sergeants and first sergeants are ready to...
  13. More on wagons, carts, handcarts, handtrucks, etc.

    Folks,

    I stumbled across a 1902 movie shot from an electric trolley. It is an accidental documentary on animal- and human-powered carts and wagons and, although it is of course not Civil War...
  14. The rubber blankets in John Tobey's drawings in...

    The rubber blankets in John Tobey's drawings in the Columbia Rifles Compendium: 68x42, 68x43, 62x38, 69 1/2/ x 32/3/4. Also a poncho, 72x44 1/4
    Army regs stated 71x46 for rubber blankets, 72x61...
  15. That first link was a great tale. Thanks for...

    That first link was a great tale. Thanks for posting it.
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    Rob, thanks for taking on the job. I've moderated...

    Rob, thanks for taking on the job. I've moderated forums; it's not a picnic.
  17. "I have always presumed that since the parade...

    "I have always presumed that since the parade marks President Lincoln’s Gettysburg address at the cemetery dedication, a clean proper 1863 union army uniform would be in order."

    Radical rabble...
  18. Just as a general footnote, it is my impression...

    Just as a general footnote, it is my impression that no matter what your affliction, it took, on average, longer to get over it than we are used to now.
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    We haven't actually heard how YOU liked the...

    We haven't actually heard how YOU liked the visit, unless I missed something.
  20. Just a footnote: The directions (in English and...

    Just a footnote: The directions (in English and in French) specify that on a right oblique, the rear rank moves its left foot 8" toward the right foot of the man in the front rank who is to the right...
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    I found it ironic that the water from the spring...

    I found it ironic that the water from the spring isn't now safe to drink. (That may have changed since I was last there.)
  22. Are you guys reading the French manuals in...

    Are you guys reading the French manuals in French?
  23. Good stuff. Thanks, Silas. Your usual thorough...

    Good stuff.
    Thanks, Silas. Your usual thorough job. Much appreciated.
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    Yes, well worth a visit. The cemetery takes your...

    Yes, well worth a visit. The cemetery takes your breath away. They've recreated a chunk of the stockade and they have a pretty good museum/display.
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    And there's a tipping point where too much...

    And there's a tipping point where too much neatsfoot oil is bad for the leather - it turns it back into skin. Shoes aren't so much a problem; canteen slings, be careful. I've got one with an odd...
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