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  1. The cut of the coat and the use of the standing...

    The cut of the coat and the use of the standing shirt collar on someone his age suggest pre-war to me. That also appears to be a British pattern sword. I'd say this isn't a firefighter uniform—you'd...
  2. O, say, I can see.

    O, say, I can see.
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    Always plenty on the 'bay. Ribbons are repro'd...

    Always plenty on the 'bay. Ribbons are repro'd here: http://www.cwmedals.com/gar-ribbons/
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    Mr. Mescher at Ragged Soldier Sutlery sent me the...

    Mr. Mescher at Ragged Soldier Sutlery sent me the repro Harperseses I needed in a matter of days. They look great! Make sure they have the date you need in stock, though....
  5. Will never forget the old lady who grabbed the...

    Will never forget the old lady who grabbed the front of my fatigue blouse and said "I haven't seen a hand-sewn buttonhole in years!"
  6. Rich - As John has shown, it DOES exist,...

    Rich -

    As John has shown, it DOES exist, however it's very often misinterpreted as being used on the march. A careful reading of the manuals indicates that it is to be used when stationary and the...
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    Glad you're OK, first of all; not a legal expert,...

    Glad you're OK, first of all; not a legal expert, so don't want to speculate on a hypothetical end-result situation, but I believe a USSC (not Sanitary Commission...) ruling regarded a tent as a...
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    The actor who played Hooker in GAG. He should be...

    The actor who played Hooker in GAG. He should be easily contactable...I think he's still giving away free autographed photos.
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    There was a lot of stuff going on in New York...

    There was a lot of stuff going on in New York during the Civil War...can you be more specific as to the scope of the project and the research already done? In addition to the previously asked...
  10. There is no such thing as a "standard issue...

    There is no such thing as a "standard issue muslin shirt." The Army issued shirts of domet flannel and wool flannel...why some sutlers decided to make shirts out of modern (i.e. cheaper and lower...
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    Adam - Sent you a PM.

    Adam -

    Sent you a PM.
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    The 69th NYSV Historical Association always takes...

    The 69th NYSV Historical Association always takes the lead. Info for this year hasn't been sent out yet, though.
  13. The soundtrack credits it as a joint venture...

    The soundtrack credits it as a joint venture between the Camp Chase Fifes & Drums and 2nd Maryland Fifes & Drums. Both are well-established groups with recorded material available.
  14. You'll see larger buttons on officers' frocks,...

    You'll see larger buttons on officers' frocks, and conversely you'll sometimes see 3/4" buttons on greatcoats. I seem to recall a private-purchase enlisted frock having larger buttons, too, though I...
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    Could it be "J. CU...?" Josiah Cummings had...

    Could it be "J. CU...?" Josiah Cummings had contracts for leather accouterments, and operated out of Springfield, MA.
  16. I'm baffled by parading with cigars in your...

    I'm baffled by parading with cigars in your mouth, or doing/showing things other than just simply MARCHING. Okay, I get it, your oldey-tymey persona smokes cigars. How quaint. Meanwhile, it's a...
  17. Going to Remembrance Day? or "It's The Most Blunderful Time of the Year."

    Time for your annual public service announcement. If you're marching in the parade, read this. I'll be watching.
    http://myrtle-avenue.com/supportarms/
  18. To really throw us off and confuse matters,...

    To really throw us off and confuse matters, here's a really interesting description for the oblique firing by three ranks in Duane's 1813 The System of Infantry Discipline. Although written for three...
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    My original, from the Schuylkill Arsenal, used...

    My original, from the Schuylkill Arsenal, used regular domet flannel as the lining.
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    According to Charles P. Hamblen in Connecticut...

    According to Charles P. Hamblen in Connecticut Yankees at Gettysburg, the two companies present were, nominally, Co. D & F. However, the wording on their monument is interesting. "Capt. Jedediah...
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    It seems like one of those reenactor things that...

    It seems like one of those reenactor things that EVERYONE does, which by its nature annoys me, but I can't argue with evidence.

    List of Interjections.
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    5. Of exultation or approbation: Aha!...
  22. While we're at it, stop SCREAMING when you count...

    While we're at it, stop SCREAMING when you count off, and don't do that whiplash thing with your neck; it's not in the manuals.
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    Carrying the colors in the aforementioned...

    Carrying the colors in the aforementioned scenario, making a run through tall grass and mud was one of the high points of the event for me; I'll never understand reenactor aversion to turning around...
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    At Gettysburg, the 28th PA was establishing a...

    At Gettysburg, the 28th PA was establishing a field hospital at the Spangler house when they found "a kit of mackeral" in the cellar. "We were in for a feast, but we soon found that hardtack and salt...
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    Then there's the story about the guy who sat next...

    Then there's the story about the guy who sat next to a puddle with a makeshift pole, blankly stating he was fishing until the Surgeon determined he was nuts and recommended he be discharged. When the...
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