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    Unequipped Sentry

    Here is a picture of excellent quality of a redoubt taken in 1864. Note the sentry is not wearing his leathers. I sure hope he didn't have to fire twice at something...
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    Corn Meal Bread Ingredients •piece of butter...

    Corn Meal Bread

    Ingredients
    •piece of butter the size of an egg
    •1 pint of corn meal
    •2 eggs
    •new milk
    •1 spoonful of yeast

    Instructions
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    My wife has seized my wool socks on suspicion of...

    My wife has seized my wool socks on suspicion of being contraband. I may or may not get them back for reenacting season.
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    Guard question

    In Kautz's Customs of Service, it states that a sentinel is not to follow orders issued from anyone other than the officers and non-coms of the guard, the officer of the day and the commanding...
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    Accounts from Union troops around Knoxville...

    Accounts from Union troops around Knoxville during and after Longstreet's 'siege' in fall of 1863 also mention a shortage of shoes.
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    Remarkable! I have never seen pleated CW military trousers before - was that a pre-war thing, like the shako?
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    Che, everything you said is absolutely true....

    Che, everything you said is absolutely true. However, the media's brush is wide and the average reader's information is low. We live in a world of sound-bites, ESPN highlights and one sentence...
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    Well That's Just Great

    In New York, a Mr. Malta decided to handle a dispute with his neighbors in a calm and rational manner - by firing his 'Civil War' cannon at them.
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    Is there any particular reason for the rubber to...

    Is there any particular reason for the rubber to be on the inside or out? You want moisture, but not too much moisture so I would think rubber side out would be better. I have an old gum blanket that...
  10. To be fair, Mr. Schaffner, this thread stayed dry...

    To be fair, Mr. Schaffner, this thread stayed dry for 11 posts which, considering the subject matter, is remarkable.
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    RJ, By and large the new members are also new...

    RJ,

    By and large the new members are also new to the hobby. We don't have a great deal of transfers.

    Scott
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    The 49th Indiana has grown steadily in numbers...

    The 49th Indiana has grown steadily in numbers since 2006 when I joined. Back then if we had 10 soldiers at an event that was considered a good turnout. At GB GAC we had 30 registered, and that did...
  13. Correct - while you mentally may be in the 19th...

    Correct - while you mentally may be in the 19th century, your questioner is not, and subsequently has no notion of certain topics being in bad taste by 186x standards (or even modern standards...
  14. Thread: time Travel

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    I'd take $500 with me and buy original gear and...

    I'd take $500 with me and buy original gear and clothing, then return and sell it on here and realize a 2,500% profit. While there, I'd also push John Wilkes Booth in front of a carriage and tell...
  15. Thread: Ice

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    My current favorite is canned peaches and milk. I...

    My current favorite is canned peaches and milk. I avoid really salty food for health reasons, but peaches n' milk are a delight on a hot day, and no refrigeration is needed.
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    They say that no battle plan survives first...

    They say that no battle plan survives first contact with the enemy, and I think that holds true for reenactments as well, for much the same reasons - confusion, poor communication, opponents not...
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    Manassas survivor here. I'll take low 80's with...

    Manassas survivor here. I'll take low 80's with joy in my heart and deep gratitude. The rain will be neither here nor there unless it's an all-day frog-strangler, which it won't be. Most likely a lot...
  18. Two things: Gettysburg 145. It was my first...

    Two things:

    Gettysburg 145. It was my first big national event, and our unit was placed near the front of the army as we marched onto the field for the first time. We halted by the bleachers, and...
  19. Gilbert only knew slavery; he was born into it,...

    Gilbert only knew slavery; he was born into it, raised in it. It was all he knew. Plus, he appears, from that short passage, to have developed a level of emotional bond with his master. However,...
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    Heh, a pard and I were discussing last weekend at...

    Heh, a pard and I were discussing last weekend at Conner Prairie about when this was coming out. On my Amazon shopping list...
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    The Red Badge of Bacon

    I love little details like this:

    MAY 9TH.—Orders this morning to draw two days’ rations, pack up and be ready to move at a moment’s warning. We drew hard-tack, coffee, bacon, salt and sugar, and...
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    Cap Pouch Lining

    I have a cap pouch where the wool lining that helped keep the caps in has fallen out and been lost. It seems like a simple enough thing to find, but I can't seem to find a place that sells it (or at...
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    Staid vs. Stayed

    Minor English question here - in diary entries from the war I keep seeing 'staid' used instead of 'stayed', for example, "Last night I staid at Mr. Green's house." Was staid taught back then, or just...
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    I hadn't heard the anchor theory before, but it sounds very plausible. In my mind the biggest clue was that the crew was found at their stations. So whatever killed them, it seems to have happened...
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    19th Century Travel Times

    Here's a link to some maps showing travel times in the 1800's, which might be useful when doing first-person conversations:
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