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    I've been portraying an assistant surgeon for...

    I've been portraying an assistant surgeon for only a few years, but my big pet peeve is a steward, or any medical reenactor that lacks knowledge. Medical reenactors represent a branch of the war...
  2. This may not directly answer your question, but...

    This may not directly answer your question, but you might want to look into some of the new outpatient procedures for sleep apnea. I had a procedure called radio frequency ablation done and it cured...
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    PM sent about the fabric.

    PM sent about the fabric.
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    A while back at a living history at a national...

    A while back at a living history at a national park the ranger, who is also the safety officer for several parks in the area, showed us pictures of an Indian made modern reproduction musket whose...
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    I build mine based on the pictures in the...

    I build mine based on the pictures in the Hospital Steward Manual. One item I added was a small pin, bent to a right angle, and mounted in the axis. It's the only way I could figure out how to get...
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    A couple of things I've found: First, if you're...

    A couple of things I've found: First, if you're hot and sweaty, your fine. If your cold and sweaty, or clammy, your starting to have heat problems. Take immediate steps to cool off and rest. ...
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    PM sent about stethoscope.

    PM sent about stethoscope.
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    150th Resaca Living History Camp

    This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Resaca. The Georgia Division will be marking this event with its annual reenactment. This year we’ve decided to start a living history camp,...
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    That was me. I had the Hanks version, taken from...

    That was me. I had the Hanks version, taken from Hamner's book, already cut into reusable vinyl, ready to go. But unfortunately I'm currently out of them.
  10. One very popular remedy for head and chest colds...

    One very popular remedy for head and chest colds was a bowl of gruel, or runny oatmeal. It was the reason that Ebenezer Scrooge was eating gruel when Jacob came to see him in "A Christmas Carol." I...
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    To this I would add one suggestion: Meet people...

    To this I would add one suggestion: Meet people in the possible units, visit them for awhile at an event, and get an idea of the dynamics of the group. You're going to be with these people for...
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    Someone in our group lost a grey wool kepi...

    Someone in our group lost a grey wool kepi somewhere in the area of the sutlers, activities barn, or Union camp. The young man (11 years old) borrowed it from one of the older men and lost it. Now...
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    I found one, at the right end of the CS artillery...

    I found one, at the right end of the CS artillery that was on the field at the fence. It was in the first set of corn rows. PM me for more info.
  14. You are correct. People did not ask a lot of...

    You are correct. People did not ask a lot of personal questions, even of friends and acquaintances. The little bit of etiquette I've read talks about how you shouldn't even ask a question that...
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    Exactly. I was very impressed by the headgear,...

    Exactly. I was very impressed by the headgear, or whatever you call it, standing out like it did, which I understand is hard to maintain for the actual nuns who used to wear it.

    Given what I've...
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    Catholic Sister at Gettysburg

    Does anybody know who was portraying the Catholic Sister (Nun) at the BGA Gettysburg last weekend? She looked incredible, and portrayed a very important, but nowadays never seen, person from the...
  17. Two points come to my mind: 1. Most social...

    Two points come to my mind:
    1. Most social events at reenactments are not as "polite" as they were originally. By that I mean that such niceties and only asking a lady to whom you have been...
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    Talking about discerning medical officers from...

    Talking about discerning medical officers from other line officers, I read an account of a Union assistant surgeon who was out searching for supplies when he was stopped at a Union guard post. He...
  19. Thread: amunation box

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    If you need roughly 1 inch thick wood, find a...

    If you need roughly 1 inch thick wood, find a true lumber yard in your area, one that sells hardwood, not the home center selling shelving pine. See if they carry 5/4 pine, which is rough cut at 1...
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    Medical Care at Andersonville prison

    Next weekend, 3/9-3/10, I'll be participating in a living history at Andersonville. I wanted to know if anyone had sources for information on the medical care at the prison.
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    I actually got a batch of the Hanks stencils made...

    I actually got a batch of the Hanks stencils made up and was selling them a while back. A couple of them are still available. You can see them here: http://cdvalbum.shutterfly.com/pictures/68.
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    Which raises this question for me: It was...

    Which raises this question for me: It was typical for trappers and explorers in the nineteenth century to make coats out of blankets, especially Hudson's Bay blankets, which were called capotes. ...
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    I have some. PM me if interested.

    I have some. PM me if interested.
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    Take a look at this: "The Standard of Living...

    Take a look at this:

    "The Standard of Living in 1860: American Consumption Levels on the Eve of the Civil War" by Edgar W. Martin.
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    It would be a regimental hospital. I have...

    It would be a regimental hospital. I have bottles for calomel and blue mass, along with chloroform, laudanum, morphine, and whiskey.

    By dirty I mean that water was not clean, drawn from sources...
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