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    Those Luminaries were awesome. I was surprised...

    Those Luminaries were awesome. I was surprised that they stayed lit through the whole activity. It was a pleasure to carry one of them for Old Abe.
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    That election was pivotal in US history. It puts...

    That election was pivotal in US history. It puts a lump in my throat when I think about the soldiers voting. They knew a vote for Lincoln was a vote to carry the war to its conclusion - a conclusion...
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    Lincoln Rally at Cedar Creek

    I just wanted to thank the guys publicly who put together the rally for Lincoln Saturday night at Cedar Creek. I can't remember when I had so much fun. It had the balance of historicity and...
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    Thanks for the visual, Curt. The others who have...

    Thanks for the visual, Curt. The others who have posted are right; the powders don't look alike at all. (I don't reload anything modern, and strange as it may seem, I've never taken a cartridge...
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    Knowing the beats of the the paces is extremely...

    Knowing the beats of the the paces is extremely valuable! Common time and quick time are a lot slower than commonly believed - and even the run is a lope, not a 100-yard-dash. For point of reference...
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    OK - so if you have (for some reason) a can of...

    OK - so if you have (for some reason) a can of powder of unknown provenance like that, how can you check it? Can you do a burn test of some sort?
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    I've missed my share of morning drills because,...

    I've missed my share of morning drills because, well, like everything in this hobby, it is voluntary, after all. However, the one thing a drill session can do is help a company identify individuals...
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    Classic British understatement. :) So, is it...

    Classic British understatement. :) So, is it drill or militia of which he has a dim view do you think?
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    I don't see any reason to beat up expensive gear...

    I don't see any reason to beat up expensive gear either. The operative word in your post is "relatively." You don't need to send your uniform to the dry cleaner after every event, or even once a...
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    I love to drill, too. It's the pagentry, the...

    I love to drill, too. It's the pagentry, the snapping flags, the rattle of muskets. Ahhhh....
    I have noticed that there's a "kiss of death" for any drill movement, though. The minute any commander...
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    I love to drill, too. It's the pagentry, the...

    I love to drill, too. It's the pagentry, the snapping flags, the rattle of muskets. Ahhhh....
    I have noticed that there's a "kiss of death" for any drill movement, though. The minute any commander...
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    Well, sometimes leading is fun, and sometimes it...

    Well, sometimes leading is fun, and sometimes it isn't. Sometimes everyone else has fun because the leader isn't. This sounds like one of those times. Really, this is just an extreme version of the...
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    That's true. Where I was going was that the...

    That's true. Where I was going was that the temptation to cobble something together is powerful.
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    I will testify, in public, that unfortunately my...

    I will testify, in public, that unfortunately my wife started reenacting with me when I was still in my "hardcore" phase. We slept in a tent with one blanket on a night in which the water froze in my...
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    Ross, you mean "plethora." :) In my long life of...

    Ross, you mean "plethora." :) In my long life of shooting things, I have known 1 person who had an explosion with a modern shotgun. Unfortunately, it was a fatal accident. I don't know any more of...
  16. Description of Shame Battle (long quote)

    Here's Chaplain Frederic Denison's description of a sham-battle maneuver in which the 1st Rhode Island Cavalry participated in May 1862. Wonderful, if florid, description. This is from his "Sabres...
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    Yikes. That's a nightmare come true. Glad there...

    Yikes. That's a nightmare come true. Glad there were no injuries. I like to think every gun accident is preventable. No, you can't open every cartridge every man has to inspect it on the day of your...
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    About 25 years ago, I was introduced to an...

    About 25 years ago, I was introduced to an expression: "When it comes to drill, we're all 1861." Meaning we have a limited grasp of this stuff compared to the veterans. We get to do it a half dozen...
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    It depends what you mean. I know up to and...

    It depends what you mean. I know up to and including the school of the company in several drill manuals, but my grasp of battalion drill is sketchy. Why? Because I don't need to clutter my brain with...
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    Bravo. "A soft answers turns away wrath." Glad...

    Bravo. "A soft answers turns away wrath." Glad you made it to our ranks, too. It's been a long time since I've engaged the public in that kind of "ren faire" dialogue - it just confuses or angers...
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    God forbid anyone ever got anything new during...

    God forbid anyone ever got anything new during their enlistment. Troops were re-equipped all the time, usually before spring campaigning. Having said that, most reenactors probably are too clean. The...
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    No, they don't, especially reenacting - where if...

    No, they don't, especially reenacting - where if you're heart's in the right place you're not trying to be accurate. :) The most common cause of misfires that I've seen reenacting, though, is that...
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    The one pictured on their website looks...

    The one pictured on their website looks comparable to any mainstream frock, and is a very reasonable price. Usually lower end frocks are a little heavy and more uncomfortable than higher end when you...
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    Harry: Also sent you a PM.

    Harry: Also sent you a PM.
  25. As difficult as it is to get it "right," material...

    As difficult as it is to get it "right," material culture is easier than the philosophy, theology and mythology that underpin a past culture. You have to read a lot of things which are not directly...
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