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  1. The definition of 40 pound paper in the Ordnance...

    The definition of 40 pound paper in the Ordnance Manual and the modern designation of 20 pound copy paper are different measurments. The current definition of paper "pounds" is the weight of a modern...
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    "It is the evening of the day, I sit and watch...

    "It is the evening of the day,
    I sit and watch the children play,
    Doing things I used to do,
    They think are new."

    -As Tears Go By

    I attended my first reenactment in July of 1973. It was...
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    Another note on these labels. Arsenal labels...

    Another note on these labels.

    Arsenal labels were printed. The examples show on page 1 of the replies, for the most part, were hand-drawn and drafted in the 1970s when the only real way to...
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    Just taking a wild guess here, but I would have...

    Just taking a wild guess here, but I would have used the term "Picket Bullets" to refer to unfired bullets with ball-puller holes in the tips.

    You know, you load your musket to go on picket...
  5. You might want to try the Society of Civil War...

    You might want to try the Society of Civil War Surgeons.

    And please sign your posts.
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    dr. is debit. don't know why it's dr, but it is. ...

    dr. is debit. don't know why it's dr, but it is.

    In standard accounting procedure debit is where the items go, and credit is where the items come from. So if you sell someone services and get...
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    While people have mentioned pressure, here's the...

    While people have mentioned pressure, here's the tip I give little kids when we have writing clinics for schools:

    Consider the pen a paintbrush, and paint your words on the paper.
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    I've not seen one, but that doesn't mean that...

    I've not seen one, but that doesn't mean that they did not exist. I think that perhaps a better example would be a general receipt. When local foodstuffs were taken, it is likely that the handiest...
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    As an economics major, I feel I should chime in...

    As an economics major, I feel I should chime in here. ;0

    First, determine your lowest possible price point. This is the price at which you are willing to sell the items, but not a penny less. If...
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    The strap is supposed to be a chin strap, used to...

    The strap is supposed to be a chin strap, used to keep the cap on. Therefore, the chin strap should be able to hang down from the buttons without hitting the visor. So, to get really technical, the...
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    I happen to know a sutler that makes a variety of...

    I happen to know a sutler that makes a variety of paper products. :)

    If you really want a period notepad or notebook, sew it together. One of the things I explain to people as a selling point is...
  12. Presentation on Dime Books Wednesday, June 20th

    Just a note to let those in the Philadelphia area know that I will be speaking next Wednesday at the Phoenixville Historical Society. Time is 7:30, and my topic will be on Beadle's publishing house...
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    Preaching to the choir here, but it seems to me...

    Preaching to the choir here, but it seems to me that the problem lies with consolidation, not taking attendance. I would guess that many units have a very good idea how many attendees and when they...
  14. In Honor of the 150th Shiloh, we offer this month...

    quite possibly one of the first Civil War history books ever printed. Beadle's The Battle of Pittsburgh Landing and Siege of Corinth was offered for sale in June of 1862, only two months after the...
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    John Wilkes Booth Bobblehead

    Gettysburg drops Booth bobblehead

    The toy of Lincoln's killer was only on sale a week.


    Associated Press


    GETTYSBURG - Bobblehead dolls of the man who assassinated President Abraham...
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    I was going to answer "someone else's". Either...

    I was going to answer "someone else's". Either that or like many of us, he's put on a few pounds since his youth. That uniform looks a bit tight.
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    An enlisted soldier would not have any particular...

    An enlisted soldier would not have any particular paperwork on his person or in his possession with the possible exception of a pass or furlough. Enlistments, and other forms of paperwork would be...
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    Just completed a History trip with my daughter...

    Just completed a History trip with my daughter over the summer to this area. We visited many of the sites recommended here. As others have posted, many of the sites require somewhat of a suspension...
  19. There are so many things I'd like to comment on...

    There are so many things I'd like to comment on here.

    In the book A System of Target Practice, there is a section specifying that a contest in marksmanship be held, and that the winner was to be...
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    My 1861 regs are dark green/gray also, and...

    My 1861 regs are dark green/gray also, and smaller in size (height and width) than my Revised Regs of 1863. Also, I messed up in my description yesterday, which happens when you don't have the book...
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    The original 1863 regulations that I own is bound...

    The original 1863 regulations that I own is bound in blue cloth with an eagle/shield logo like this one embossed in gold on the front of the cover. There's some decorative border embossed around the...
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    And if you really want to get tricky, you can...

    And if you really want to get tricky, you can take the end of your rope and splice it back into the rest of the rope. It makes a loop that will never come apart, it's not that hard to do, and it's...
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    There are 3 assumptions here that aren't always...

    There are 3 assumptions here that aren't always correct when discussing battle narration:

    1. The sound system is actually good enough for people to hear it.
    2. The narrator knows what they are...
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    Civil War Era Valentine

    Another of those fun things that I find in the National Archives, and that the Good Lord has given me the ability to re-create:

    1852 Valentine Greeting:
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    1862 Tax Forms Available

    If you plan on filing your 1862 income taxes, you might need a copy of the form:

    http://www.sullivanpress.com/TAX001.html

    (Not valid for 2011 taxes, though!)
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