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    At least as important, maybe more, to an...

    At least as important, maybe more, to an understanding of the historical soldier than material culture is his worldview. We can never definitively know what a person was thinking, but the things he...
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    Would I be correct if I said that although...

    Would I be correct if I said that although individuals had witnessed and documented the abuses of slavery before the war, the war itself gave hundreds of thousands of men the firsthand experience of...
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    It just occurred to me that it may have meant...

    It just occurred to me that it may have meant even more in the broader context because it was a Federal governmental action which did NOT protect the institution of slavery, reversing the arc which...
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    A significant Mark down from the price of a...

    A significant Mark down from the price of a rifle, too. For a reenacting gun that's never going to throw actual bullets, a great idea.
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    That's among reenactors who have to carry a sword...

    That's among reenactors who have to carry a sword a few hundred yards over a given 2 day period. For a foot officer who has to carry that brushcutter all day, dangling from his left side, hitting him...
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    There's an A.C. Redwood drawing showing a...

    There's an A.C. Redwood drawing showing a straggler on the March. One of the soldiers in the background is an officer with his sword on his shoulder. Although neither strictly period, nor a photo,...
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    Congratulations on your position out there! I...

    Congratulations on your position out there! I visited your fort about 10 years ago in a trip that also included Ft. Phil Kearney and the Little Bighorn battlefield. I would love to go through there...
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    Why do I have images of "Breaking Bad" rebooted...

    Why do I have images of "Breaking Bad" rebooted as a period piece going through my head? And you can use "Lorena" instead of "Baby Blue." :)
  9. Thread: Dog Tent

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    I think everyone who sells an end piece sells it...

    I think everyone who sells an end piece sells it separately from the tent pieces, so it's an extra purchase. Do a little search; some will say they're not authentic. I'll go as far as saying they...
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    Dude, I would never sell that jacket! I'm glad...

    Dude, I would never sell that jacket! I'm glad that was the only damage.
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    @ Elaine: your observations may be the best and...

    @ Elaine: your observations may be the best and most helpful for the OP yet. Actually inviting reenactors who incorporate the sites unique qualities into their impression for the event is a better...
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    That's either a dismal tactical performance by...

    That's either a dismal tactical performance by the 12 gauge, a stellar product performance by the tent manufacturer, or proof that Kevlar shell jackets are not a myth. :)
    Seriously, that's an event...
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    I've been reenacting since the U.S. bicentennial...

    I've been reenacting since the U.S. bicentennial back in the 1970s, and have attended many public living history events. I realized a few years ago that I don't enjoy them. I've answered the same 3...
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    Antique Damascus shotguns are still fairly common...

    Antique Damascus shotguns are still fairly common in gun shops, although they're not safe with modern ammo. I've never seen one that wasn't break action, post war. We're they making Damascus barrels...
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    The real gunfight was at very close range, six...

    The real gunfight was at very close range, six feet and less. Boggles my mind that you can do something like that safely. Well apparently if you skip the weapons check, you can't.
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    I've seen the advice in more than one period...

    I've seen the advice in more than one period letter to pick up a second haversack if you can get it. Three days rations will pretty much fill a haversack, and you don't really want your personal...
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    That's genuinely horrifying. That's the reason...

    That's genuinely horrifying. That's the reason you always check weapons, whether you've known the individual since grade school or just met. I don't even store my blank and live cartridges in the...
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    Maybe we should go with "blue guys" and "gray...

    Maybe we should go with "blue guys" and "gray guys." Works when my son and I play BattleCry. :)
    Methinks this thread beginneth to loseth it's sense of humor...
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    I hope that's not the case also. Last year was a...

    I hope that's not the case also. Last year was a major 150th event, and was really good. Maybe it's just a "151st hangover" Although I can't make it this year, CC has always been one of the events...
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    In "To Appomattox" there's a lengthy quote from a...

    In "To Appomattox" there's a lengthy quote from a newspaper writer watching Richmond fall. His take on "CSA" was that it stood for the "Confederate Slave Argosy."
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    I don't think they were. The government was the...

    I don't think they were. The government was the Confederate States of America, and the armies were Confederate forces. In the northern press, they were called Rebel forces."
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    by Rob Weaver
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    My wife just scored an antique find: she found 3...

    My wife just scored an antique find: she found 3 Lindsey woolsey blankets that probably date to 1770-1830. 2 are madder red, and the third is blue. Aside from a little fraying, and a spot that looks...
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    Yes, it really was a great time! I was in on the...

    Yes, it really was a great time! I was in on the fight around the barn on Saturday. Almost a separate skirmish. Such a good little fight that I wrote a skirmish wargame scenario about it when I got...
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    You, sir, are a stone cold genius! Actually,...

    You, sir, are a stone cold genius! Actually, that's not even a hard hack. The worst part would be creating a space for the battery box. I suspect that there would be a run on 1841s, Sharps and other...
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    Sharpshooting as sniping on the civil war...

    Sharpshooting as sniping on the civil war reenacting field is not very fulfilling anyway. All of your targets: officers, couriers, artillery crews, etc are people who are not going to take hits no...
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