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    "Let me give them just one more shot." Bruce...

    "Let me give them just one more shot." Bruce Catton's darn near poetic description of the battlfield at the end of "Glory Road" contains this eulogy for Cushing: "...there was the rolling ground...
  2. That's an interesting strategy. In our...

    That's an interesting strategy. In our hyper-connected culture, the best way to network is face-to-face, which is how we had to do it 25 years ago. Nulla nova sub sola.
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    If it is indeed the artist carrying it, it may be...

    If it is indeed the artist carrying it, it may be a purpose built artist's cabinet that happens to have straps on it so you can carry it.
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    Not only is cotton difficult to spin, the way the...

    Not only is cotton difficult to spin, the way the fibers break off is actually dangerous to breathe. Recognizing that this sort of clothing is not PEC, is it still an under-represented side of our...
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    Hey: A really good photo of an original jacket...

    Hey: A really good photo of an original jacket got cited a page ago. Can anybody comment on it? When the accompanying description says "Cotton material" does that mean a blend?
  6. In my highly unscientific look through "Billy...

    In my highly unscientific look through "Billy Yank: The Uniform of the Union Army, 1861-1865" (Michael J. McAfee, John P. Langellier) it seems that the split between forage caps and kepis is about...
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    The original period resource is Bruce & Emmett's...

    The original period resource is Bruce & Emmett's "The Drummer's and Fifer's Guide." You can learn to play the drum from this resource, if you read the text and do the exercises. This is how I learned...
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    Beans: white beans, "army beans," which we now...

    Beans: white beans, "army beans," which we now call "navy beans." I guess they got a better reenlistment deal. At the beginning of the war the issue was 1.6 oz per man per ration, by the end 2.4....
  9. This is the best single statement of both the...

    This is the best single statement of both the capabilities and limitations of living history that I have ever read. Thank you!
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    My primary impression is 7th Wisconsin. Iron...

    My primary impression is 7th Wisconsin. Iron Brigade is an easy impression to put together, and as specialty impressions go, pretty portable - you can fall in with any other Federal infantry and not...
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    I just can't say enough good things about that...

    I just can't say enough good things about that little guitar. It sits on a stand in the house, and is my go-to guitar when I just want to play for a few minutes. Every time, I end up thinking "Man, I...
  12. Thanks Craig. Strange things happen. My dog, as a...

    Thanks Craig. Strange things happen. My dog, as a puppy, carried away the little screw that holds the nosecap on the end of the stock. I couldn't find it anywhere, and had to cut another one down...
  13. I always lay out a white piece of cloth and put...

    I always lay out a white piece of cloth and put all the little parts that I've taken off on it while I'm cleaning. That would be the cleanout screw and the nipple, both on my Springfield and my...
  14. I tend to hang out at the high-end of mainstream...

    I tend to hang out at the high-end of mainstream style, so I'm fairly picky about my kit. I'm trying to think of things where period method or material don't matter very much - or things I'm willing...
  15. Too clean. Reenacting is way too clean all the...

    Too clean. Reenacting is way too clean all the way around. Our gear and clothing is clean; the places we camp are clean. When was the last time you saw a gut pile outside camp from the steer that was...
  16. It's about the right size for a pocket testament....

    It's about the right size for a pocket testament. That gives the photo a narrative theme: "See, folks, even though I've gone to war, I'm still trusting in the Lord." Perhaps a clue that the image was...
  17. I'm in agreement that the belt and pistol are...

    I'm in agreement that the belt and pistol are props. I got so interested looking at them that the obvious escaped me; he's a Federal, isn't he? Does the Louisville address give any clues to a...
  18. It means he's cool; Elvis used to wear his buckle...

    It means he's cool; Elvis used to wear his buckle like that. Really. It was forbidden in many high school dress codes in the '50s. I'm surprised to see it in a photo, too. Without overthinking it,...
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    Fair enough. :) I don't know enough about the...

    Fair enough. :) I don't know enough about the cosmetic design of the pieces to know if a swivel gun from the 1690s is visually very different from one from the 1840s, and how different they would...
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    "Betty Zane!" A true almost-forgotten classic! I...

    "Betty Zane!" A true almost-forgotten classic! I really think that's Zane Grey's best book. The problem you're going to run into with your swivel gun is that they were primarily used on some kind of...
  21. What a charming photo. Looks like it was framed...

    What a charming photo. Looks like it was framed or matted for a long time. She has a decidedly "modern" look to her face. I bet to her the White House gig was just a job that put food on the table,...
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    I will be the second one in line!

    I will be the second one in line!
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    Wow - sounds like you were born to do that! Can...

    Wow - sounds like you were born to do that! Can anyone more familiar with staff work fill me in on which army departments might be sending an officer out to a command in the field? Inspections?...
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    A few years ago, I would have been the guy...

    A few years ago, I would have been the guy telling you to sell your kit and get a private's gear and musket; if you do a search you can probably find me writing those exact words. At this point,...
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    I've noticed that many of our goofy experiences...

    I've noticed that many of our goofy experiences come from times when we're out of context, i.e. traveling in our gear. I think that's one of the reasons I've stopped traveling to and from in my...
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