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    To me, the obvious answer is to do what a lot of...

    To me, the obvious answer is to do what a lot of history-heavy events already do, for authenticity reasons. Just as all the military personnel will be organized into a few specific companies per...
  2. Thread: Uniforms

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    Ironically, I'm betting the one thing that would...

    Ironically, I'm betting the one thing that would make that stand out from a reproduction is the finish and weight. It looks like a lightweight superfine broadcloth, guessing from the photo. Are there...
  3. That relies on the assumption that most...

    That relies on the assumption that most reenactors got into the hobby due to an interest in material culture. While that may be true, it means that people like myself aren't really a good fit,...
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    Folks might want to note that this thread was...

    Folks might want to note that this thread was from 2011, before being bumped with new names, and Julio hasn't posted in it since then, over three years ago. Don't know if the project is over and...
  5. Which one? The old one on Narrative of James...

    Which one? The old one on Narrative of James Williams is out now. Google that title and LSU Press.

    I had to take some time off on the new one about slave trader Bacon Tait while I was in the...
  6. Since this is the whine cellar, I'm going to give...

    Since this is the whine cellar, I'm going to give this thread a bump, and whine.

    The one thing that frustrates me about reenacting forums is how few discussions there are like this, compared to...
  7. Definitely click on the link, folks. It's a great...

    Definitely click on the link, folks. It's a great illustration both of how the price of slaves fluctuated over time (you did not want to buy in 1835 and sell in 1845, regardless how the prices rose...
  8. I'd argue that that's a different situation than...

    I'd argue that that's a different situation than in Virginia. In the deep south, the profit came from the labor produced by slaves. In the upper south, profit was more apt to come from selling slaves...
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    Wrong. In the US at least, the shape of the sugar...

    Wrong. In the US at least, the shape of the sugar loaf (cone) was due to the mold used when sugar was refined to make it white. The mold was placed tip down and the impurities were drained off...
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    I've posted this before I think, but it's still...

    I've posted this before I think, but it's still the best goofy reenacting question I can recall.

    I was portraying an Andersonville prisoner, talking with a reenactor portraying a guard. He was...
  11. I'll cut-and-paste from a previous post on an...

    I'll cut-and-paste from a previous post on an unrelated thread. These questions all came from visitors at one event in one afternoon. I was portraying a wealthy Louisiana plantation owner, so was...
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    And yet, how many living historians (reenactors)...

    And yet, how many living historians (reenactors) believe and provide answers like bad teeth, long exposure times, etc.?

    I realize there's a natural human desire to search for explanations to...
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    It would be funny to listen to the theories...

    It would be funny to listen to the theories proposed one day about why people smiled in photographs way back in the 20th/21st centuries:

    --There was such an emphasis on teeth whitening and braces...
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    Indeed, the very question assumes that smiling is...

    Indeed, the very question assumes that smiling is normal and not-smiling must therefore be explained. But one can turn the question around, and apparently there's at least one theory that we smile in...
  15. I think Elaine has hit the nail on the head. If...

    I think Elaine has hit the nail on the head. If your buttons are coming off and your trousers are slipping below your belt, sounds like the waist isn't high enough and/or there's not enough slack in...
  16. I'm having trouble reconciling those two...

    I'm having trouble reconciling those two statements. If you already have several period pictures of men wearing the same kind of trousers you want to reproduce, why would you worry that they're...
  17. Belt loops were extremely rare. But why not just...

    Belt loops were extremely rare. But why not just do what most people did who wanted to wear a belt to avoid popping suspender buttons, and wear a belt without loops? I do it all the time for...
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    How does one get cornmeal into a sticky enough...

    How does one get cornmeal into a sticky enough dough to wrap around a ramrod and stay put, even regardless of the damage to the steel? I can't get it beyond the stickiness/grittiness of damp sand and...
  19. Thread: 1864 brbq??

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    Now that you mention it, I recall that Charles...

    Now that you mention it, I recall that Charles Heath snuck out a thermometer and checked occasionally. Probably a very good idea.

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    Yep. Every chimney presumably had a stove or...

    Yep. Every chimney presumably had a stove or firebox below it, and that looks like a pretty typical makeshift brick firebox. What I was asking about was using a barrel as the stove or firebox, rather...
  21. Thread: 1864 brbq??

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    I agree. Charles Heath barbecued a hog for the...

    I agree. Charles Heath barbecued a hog for the first Westville, which was portraying a political barbecue, and as I recall, he started it in the evening and it was done by noon the next day. I don't...
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    Do you have more examples of the barrels...

    Do you have more examples of the barrels themselves used as the firebox, rather than the chimney? The drawing seems to show them as chimneys, which I've seen lots of examples of, but I'm trying to...
  23. Sometimes people think that things painted with...

    Sometimes people think that things painted with linseed oil randomly catch fire at unpredictable moments, but spontaneous combustion occurs only while the oil is still drying, and only if it's in a...
  24. I think you mean "Rosecrans," who designed it....

    I think you mean "Rosecrans," who designed it. Are you sure it was light enough to be pulled by one horse? The ambulance itself weighed 700-800 lbs., and if you add in just four or five people (it...
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    Do you mean the breed that predominated among...

    Do you mean the breed that predominated among those that weren't native cattle? Or do you mean there were more shorthorns than native cattle too?

    It sounds reasonable that the shorthorn would be...
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