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    Being a natural lefty myself, I feel your pain. ...

    Being a natural lefty myself, I feel your pain. You need to pick your battles. If your life depends upon shooting someone for real, please feel free to fire left handed. However, since you are...
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    Head of column to the right (left) by platoons

    Here's a page from Casey's School of the Soldier regarding platoons of a company proceeding in column : https://books.google.com/books?id=oKUNAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA142-IA1#v=onepage&q&f=false This is what I...
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    That's all great, but you're not in the modern...

    That's all great, but you're not in the modern military. You're 150 plus years in the past where the rules and manuals may show some similarities, but they aren't the same as modern military. ...
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    Do you mean, "head of column to the right" when...

    Do you mean, "head of column to the right" when in a company is in a column of platoons?
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    Let's do In the Van again during an August,...

    Let's do In the Van again during an August, Tennessee heat wave!
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    A moderator on this forum and all around good guy...

    A moderator on this forum and all around good guy sells painted blankets. Link :...
  7. Thread: Trouser Stripes

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    For mule ear pockets, place the stripe behind the...

    For mule ear pockets, place the stripe behind the seam. For side loading pockets, it can go either way.
  8. Is this an original or repop jacket? I've seen...

    Is this an original or repop jacket? I've seen some creative originals as well as some fanciful repops. Regardless, you might want to take a gander at the U.S. Regulations regarding how much tape...
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    Call me pessimistic about the hobby, but I don't...

    Call me pessimistic about the hobby, but I don't see many reenactors paying much heed to this discussion. You might see a fly or two with a wedge shape due to this very discussion - yay for them, by...
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    After the Rem Day parade, you'll see many photos...

    After the Rem Day parade, you'll see many photos of smiling reenactors with swords sloped over shoulders and few photos of reenactors carrying swords properly. It's a parade. There shouldn't be any...
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    Swords sloped over the right shoulder does not...

    Swords sloped over the right shoulder does not conform to period manuals. It's a lazy reenactor thing where the officer generally has all four fingers and thumb around the grip or gripe of the sword...
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    The new manual of arms for people who don't read...

    The new manual of arms for people who don't read manuals is a series of photographs and youtube clips organized along the lines of Hardee. It is based upon the way reenactors actually drill. This...
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    Depends upon which forums you're visiting. Most...

    Depends upon which forums you're visiting. Most people in America are quite happy with the manner in which the wrecking ball has been swinging. Are they out of touch with reality or are we?
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    http://www.crchilds.com/Patterns%20CS%202013.html

    http://www.crchilds.com/Patterns%20CS%202013.html
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    I have seen an original haversack made from the...

    I have seen an original haversack made from the main compartment of a double bag knapsack. It's been too many years since I saw it and don't recall particulars.
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    Search function good. You might even find one of...

    Search function good. You might even find one of your own posts regarding octagonal poles if you click here :...
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    Hand sewn grommet

    This grommet is from an exhibit at the Royal Maritime Museum in Portsmouth, England. The exhibit showed that iron rings and even branches were used to create the welt. Since seeing this, I've used...
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    Here's your plans from the quartermaster...

    Here's your plans from the quartermaster department : https://books.google.com/books?id=6fYRAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA287&hl=en#v=onepage&q&f=false Source is post bellum, but it matches CW sources I've seen. ...
  19. Thread: Camp Ovens

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    Video on how to create an earthen oven

    Focus is 18th Century, but the methods are spot on for creating an oven without bricks, metal, stone and such. Wasn't able to embed the video, so follow the link :

    https://youtu.be/BPQVFQmwZMU
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    For good or bad, many groups have moved unit...

    For good or bad, many groups have moved unit pages to facebook.
  21. Thread: Camp Stove

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    Mrs. L, I've included a link to a military...

    Mrs. L,

    I've included a link to a military fuel requisition form I made for the last big Perryville. It's the military allowance for two days of fuel based upon the winter allowance. The summer...
  22. Thread: Camp Stove

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    I didn't expect a quick reply from you as you...

    I didn't expect a quick reply from you as you have been at an event. You'd be surprised how many times I've read about the model you own and how you keep it as a back up heat source during weather...
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    Sorry revive an old thread, but an interweb...

    Sorry revive an old thread, but an interweb search popped up this thread. Some well meaning reenactors near me have made the bold assertion that braziers are period. Seem odd to me that the only...
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    The video says it's Chamberlain's division. Not...

    The video says it's Chamberlain's division. Not quite. Chamberlain commanded only one of Bartlett's three brigades, not the entire division. Poor Bartlett. Erased from history in post bellum...
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    With 33 states in the Union in 1860 and with both...

    With 33 states in the Union in 1860 and with both flags looking very similar, I'd be a little suspicious about both. The apostrophe in the word, Lincoln, between the "L" and "N" is a little odd when...
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