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  1. Thread: too old

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    I met a interesting guy at an event at Harpers...

    I met a interesting guy at an event at Harpers Ferry last weekend who has been reenacting for 52 years—not sure how old he was, but he was up there. He now owns a sutlery and was portraying a...
  2. Thread: Hunting

    by Quickstep
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    Most wild game probably would have been scared...

    Most wild game probably would have been scared off when a Civil War army showed up, complete with noisy wagons and artillery pieces and thousands of horses and mules with their attendant filth and...
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    It’s great that you got him a drum teacher. When...

    It’s great that you got him a drum teacher. When my son was 12 and started drumming, I got him a copy of B&E, but signed him up for drum lessons as well. His teacher had never instructed someone...
  4. Status of the three Appomattox events for 2015

    Understandably, there’s been a lot of talk in the reenactor community about the upcoming Appomattox events, so I’d like to share what information I’ve been able to acquire on these events so far and...
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    Thank you for that, Scot. I missed Remembrance...

    Thank you for that, Scot. I missed Remembrance Day this year, but have participated many times in the past. I have fond memories of previous events when both my sons were in the hobby and we all...
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    Cedar Creek 150th Living History?

    I'm trying to get some information on the Living History activities at Cedar Creek next month. I can't discern what I'm trying to find out from their website (unless I'm looking in the wrong place). ...
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    Wife's Canadian Ancestor fought for the Union

    We recently discovered that my wife's great grandfather's brother William Stobie left his home in Canada and joined a NY artillery unit in 1864. He stayed in the Army until the end of the war and...
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    Don't understand the location in the caption: ...

    Don't understand the location in the caption:

    1864. "Point of Rocks, Virginia (vicinity). Redoubt 'Zabriskie' on Appomattox River." Civil War glass negative collection, Library of Congress.
    ...
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    Reply to your survey sent via PM. Good luck!

    Reply to your survey sent via PM. Good luck!
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    Looks like you had a great time! I've always...

    Looks like you had a great time! I've always wanted to do Olustee--my mother's side of the family is from Florida and Georgia--but it's so far and there are so many events to do here. I'll get down...
  11. Order sent for one bundle.

    Order sent for one bundle.
  12. Serious offers considered.

    Serious offers considered.
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    Found a 6-hole McDonagh fife, so no longer...

    Found a 6-hole McDonagh fife, so no longer looking for one.
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    Couldn’t agree more, Rob! My advice is to take...

    Couldn’t agree more, Rob! My advice is to take anything you see on the Internet, esp. Wikipedia, with a huge grain of salt. I only provided those links to illustrate how these myths and...
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    Here's some more grist for the mill. The notion...

    Here's some more grist for the mill. The notion that they were used as protection against sword blows seems to be in the minority (and you make an excellent point--if that's the case, why didn't...
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    [ Yes, they did man the fighting tops, but...

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    Yes, they did man the fighting tops, but that was not the full extent of their involvement. “The Marine Corps was founded to serve as an infantry unit aboard naval vessels and was responsible...
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    I have worn the neck stock as part of an early...

    I have worn the neck stock as part of an early war, US Regular impression, but only with the dress uniform. The Regulars unit I am with now does not require them, although some guys wear them on...
  18. Fife for sale: 6-hole Bb Cooperman “Traditional” model

    Just in time for Christmas! 6-hole Bb Cooperman fife “Traditional” model, Grenadilla (black).

    Identical to the one shown at the bottom of this website: ...
  19. Those are great pictures!

    That’s right, D.R. I guess they didn't get the memo about not looking like bandbox soldiers. ;-) The ones listening to Lincoln's speech are wearing Hardee hats, scales, frocks, and clean uniforms. I...
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    Fascinating! Those are some bright kids!

    Fascinating! Those are some bright kids!
  21. Money sent via PayPal for one coin. Thanks and...

    Money sent via PayPal for one coin. Thanks and best of luck with the restoration project!
  22. If you've developed an impression of a soldier on...

    If you've developed an impression of a soldier on campaign and are eager to portray that aspect of the soldier’s experience, then God bless you, but please do it where that impression is...
  23. Thread: Thanksgiving

    by Quickstep
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    Happy Sesquicentennial Thanksgiving!

    Thanks, Doug and Happy Sesquicentennial Thanksgiving to you!

    Today marks the 150th Anniversary of Thanksgiving being celebrated by proclamation (below) of Abraham Lincoln. Thanksgiving was first...
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    I have a tutorial someone put together a while...

    I have a tutorial someone put together a while back called "A MUCH-NEEDED SIMPLIFIED INTRODUCTION TO CIVIL WAR DRILL" that explains some of the basics in understandable language. Leave me your email...
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    Some pre-war prices

    The following is attributed to Yale history professor David W. Blight, lecturing about the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction Era:

    “I refused a girl 20-years-old at $700.00 yesterday,” one trader...
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