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    I've never researched the equipment of artillery...

    I've never researched the equipment of artillery but did artillery units carry more than what ordinary groundpounders would have been able to transport since artillery did have some horse-drawn...
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    It used to be the elements that ruined a scenario...

    It used to be the elements that ruined a scenario were the casualties who propped themselves up on an elbow to watch the rest of the battle or the "lazaurus effect" of casualties who, after the main...
  3. Likewise on the link not working. I received the...

    Likewise on the link not working. I received the message that windows couldn't find the appropriate software.
  4. Do I remember an announcement of a fourth event...

    Do I remember an announcement of a fourth event which involved a four day march? I've done searches but can't seem to find any information.
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    Considering you are needing help on just making...

    Considering you are needing help on just making the flag, dyeing your own fabric is an additional study. Another post mentioned Mrs. Lawson who does have years of experience. I think she would tell...
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    I believe there have been directions either on...

    I believe there have been directions either on this forum or on the Authentic Campaigner forum with specs on making wooden box items, e.g., ammunition and musket boxes and there may even be a book...
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    I'll throw in my two cents of opinion. And if...

    I'll throw in my two cents of opinion. And if this duplicates an incomplete post, I was typing a response and it disappeared so I apologize if that post made it and there is duplication here.
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    My wife, Virginia, has an article on Christmas on...

    My wife, Virginia, has an article on Christmas on our website. If you go to www.raggedsoldier.com and go down the menu on the left side of the home page. Click on "Articles: Virginia's Veranda"...
  9. Thread: Hunting

    by mmescher
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    Some small game may have stayed around. There...

    Some small game may have stayed around. There was the Shelby Foote quote about a rabbit running away from the soldiers getting ready for "Pickett's Charge". And that was after two days of intense...
  10. You didn't mention your allegiance. If you are...

    You didn't mention your allegiance. If you are union, you can wear a great coat. If you are confederate, I'm 6'3" and wear my blanket folded into a triangle like a shawl. "Captured" greatcoats are...
  11. Thread: Candle Making

    by mmescher
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    Before embarking on candlemaking, I'd recommend...

    Before embarking on candlemaking, I'd recommend reading the article my wife posted to my website about period candles. It can be found on www.raggedsoldier.com and go to the menu item "Articles: ...
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    In setting aside a national day of Thanksgiving...

    In setting aside a national day of Thanksgiving on a regular day, the efforts of Sarah Hale, editor of Godey's Ladies' Magazine, should also be acknowledged. She strove for years bugging numerous...
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    If I could toss in one other item which is a pet...

    If I could toss in one other item which is a pet peeve. In many of the movie productions and sometimes at a reenactment, you will see a soldier with a grimy face but the dirt is applied and not from...
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    Welcome to the hobby of civil war reenacting! ...

    Welcome to the hobby of civil war reenacting!

    Adding to the notion not to be in a rush. Looking at what the other ladies are wearing isn't necessarily a hint to proper clothing. At events you...
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    A comment on cold-handle frying pans. A couple...

    A comment on cold-handle frying pans. A couple of years ago I did a search of patents and could not find any insulated handles for any cooking equipment before 1865 with the exception, I believe, of...
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    GAC did have an event this year at Gettysburg but...

    GAC did have an event this year at Gettysburg but their numbers were considerably reduced from the 150th. I believe one thing they have requested is ideas for activities to do at a Gettysburg...
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    Just an update. I attempted to reach Mr. Millar...

    Just an update. I attempted to reach Mr. Millar (to query him about sharing the documentation for these two dances) in mid-June by sending an email to Mr. Todd of his group. The response I received...
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    Maybe I'm being too suspicious but the Coyote...

    Maybe I'm being too suspicious but the Coyote dance seems to have the hallmark of something made up by a modern dancemaster that seemed cutesy, especially the howling part. The description has a...
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    Without documentation I would hesitate to even...

    Without documentation I would hesitate to even give it a "maybe" status. I'm assuming that you are referring to the early 1860's and not the later Victorian period since the period around the civil...
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    What do the other members of the unit say? If...

    What do the other members of the unit say? If you are just starting and acting independently, try to return and get a refund for whatever you have purchased and do your research before making a...
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    Before exploring the hows of attaching brass,...

    Before exploring the hows of attaching brass, make sure what brass were used by your unit. There certainly was some use of brass but I think brass on hats is one of those categories of thing...
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    Let me first state that I'm not a cannoneer so...

    Let me first state that I'm not a cannoneer so I'm merely relating what I've been told on the flour blend. I asked one gun crew about stretching their powder and they were under the impression that...
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    What I did with my boys was to place my pattern...

    What I did with my boys was to place my pattern on a copier and shrink it to size. It took several shots for most of the pieces and to make it easier to match I drew free hand lines in a criss-cross...
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    On another part of the website that Mrs. Lawson...

    On another part of the website that Mrs. Lawson provided there is also a forum with discussions of different items of clothing including a section devoted to children's clothes. Just click on the...
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    From my own experience, it sounds like the carbon...

    From my own experience, it sounds like the carbon residue has hardened into almost concrete consistency. I had a similar problem with a second hand musket I purchased and I was experiencing at least...
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