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  1. My goodness, Thanks, Karin. You've put me to work...

    My goodness, Thanks, Karin. You've put me to work on the third or fourth variation of the "care crate" from Richmond. I love the dried beetles. They must go in the box - not for the widow of course.
  2. Thanks Terre, I got some of those items, but...

    Thanks Terre,

    I got some of those items, but never thought about cotton cards, dressing pins and hair pins, for sure. And the ribbons and gee gaws.
  3. What Would Be In a Crate of Gifts in Mid-1863

    I'm asking for help. I'm at a point in writing my current Civil War novel that I need to list the specific contents of a crate of gift items from a very affluent resident of Richmond to be sent to a...
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    I published this blog post this morning on my...

    I published this blog post this morning on my personal blog: McBride's Civil War Novels on Google's BlogSpot.

    If I were God I’d spread my arms to calm the stormy waters, to stop the battle flag...
  5. Bentonville, North Carolina, This Weekend

    I'm hitting the road tomorrow morning with 2 other Texans and one fellow from Utah to drive to Bentonville, NC for the 150th anniversary reenactment. We're joining the 10th Iowa Federal battalion for...
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    Looks like the Red River Battalion in Texas will...

    Looks like the Red River Battalion in Texas will add 2 companies to the Federal force.
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    Harry, With your permission I'd like to put...

    Harry,

    With your permission I'd like to put your post on this thread in our company newsletter.
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    My sincere thanks to Mr. Szabo for maintaining...

    My sincere thanks to Mr. Szabo for maintaining this forum for two decades. This was my go-to website for many years. I'll miss it, regardless of the availability of other places to read and post...
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    A few thoughts about reading on my Kindle. I have...

    A few thoughts about reading on my Kindle. I have over 60 books stored on my Kindle, and am a big fan of being able to carry around a whole library in one little device.

    It's a great way to read...
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    In addition to good wool socks, a pair of modern...

    In addition to good wool socks, a pair of modern underliner socks makes all the difference in the world. Modern backpackers discovered the joys of a thin sock liner and I've worn them with my brogans...
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    After my old Jarnigan gum blanket finally got too...

    After my old Jarnigan gum blanket finally got too holey to work well, I bought one of Jan's gum blankets for a couple of years now. It's filthy now, and is an outstanding product for a fair price.
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  12. For over 20 years the Camp Chase Gazette magazine...

    For over 20 years the Camp Chase Gazette magazine has published descriptions of reenactments all over the country. Those they are known to them, that is. Obviously, it's not a comprehensive list, but...
  13. Yes indeed, that's a fine image. I don't want...

    Yes indeed, that's a fine image.

    I don't want to steal this thread, but since I am in my fourth year of being our reenacting company's quartermaster, I gotta mention it is a real job.

    Our...
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    One of the best memoirs of a Confederate soldier...

    One of the best memoirs of a Confederate soldier that I’ve read is that of Lt. R.M. Collins of the 15th Texas Dismounted Cavalry Regiment in the Army of Tennessee, Cleburne’s Division, Granbury’s...
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    Just for fun, I've got to mention the sign I saw...

    Just for fun, I've got to mention the sign I saw along Interstate 10 as I was headed home from the fine little Fort Blakely, Alabama event back in 2009. As I left Alabama or Mississippi and entered...
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    Since Craig Barry mentioned my name, I'll toss in...

    Since Craig Barry mentioned my name, I'll toss in my 2 bits. I did spend several hours each day for three days at the Camp Chase Gazette tent hawking my novel Whittled Away which is about the 6th...
  17. A Whittled Away update: After reworking the...

    A Whittled Away update: After reworking the manuscript to work with the varying font size feature of electronic books, the novel Whittled Away is now available on the Amazon Kindle store as a very...
  18. Here is a segment of the text of an article about...

    Here is a segment of the text of an article about being a reenactor corporal that I wrote for the Camp Chase Gazette magazine early last year. It not a formal "how-to" manual, but covers what I...
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    I own hats from Dirty Billy, Clear Water, and...

    I own hats from Dirty Billy, Clear Water, and Bender. Since 2007 Dirty Billy's low crown bowler has been through several heavy rains while on my head and still holds it's good shape. I ordered it by...
  20. As a private in the Red River Battalion, I was a...

    As a private in the Red River Battalion, I was a casualty in the Culp's Hill evening attack. I took a hit as near the Yank breastworks as any other Rebs I could see. I laid on the ground calling "OH,...
  21. Happy Independence Day! I'm just back from a...

    Happy Independence Day! I'm just back from a week long trip to PA for the BGA Gettysburg event, and had a great time. Parts of it, especially the dusk and dawn fights in the woods at Culp's Hill,...
  22. Sorry, Mel, no Nook version forthcoming. If you...

    Sorry, Mel, no Nook version forthcoming. If you are going to be at the BGA Chickamauga event in September I'll be happy to pass along a complimentary paperback copy to you. I plan to be there in the...
  23. Whittled Away - A New Civil War Novel for summer reading

    With a lot of nervousness Iím starting a thread about the birth of my third son. Actually, itís my first book, a Civil War novel, entitled Whittled Away, The labor started a few years back, and...
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  25. Banks Grand Retreat in the Kisatchie National...

    Banks Grand Retreat in the Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana in March 2007. Four days of marching and skirmishing isolated from the modern world. "No whiners, shirkers, or weaklings."

    Phil...
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