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  1. 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!
  2. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  13. 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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    It may seem unfathomable, or at least ironic,...

    It may seem unfathomable, or at least ironic, given the American frontier experience, and it's impact on the arts, i.e. the "Western," but Caucasians did not want to look like Indians. Those who...
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    No, they weren't common. That would be an...

    No, they weren't common. That would be an affection picked up from the frontier. That's not to say it would always be wrong for the period, time and place allowing, but it would certainly be...
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    No it can't - an organization needs a visionary...

    No it can't - an organization needs a visionary leader or leadership team who are willing to be with it for quite a while, usually longer than you think it will take. I'd say 5 years would be a...
  21. I was almost certain that you have in mind James...

    I was almost certain that you have in mind James Walker's painting of Churubusco, but then I looked at it again. The troops are moving up the road, but their backs are to the viewer. The musket is on...
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    The HMS Serapis lost the duel with the USS...

    The HMS Serapis lost the duel with the USS BonHomme Richard because there was a stack of powder charges lying next to a gun on the quarterdeck. A US sailor crawled out on a spar and dropped a hand...
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    I don't think the kid who got burned did anything...

    I don't think the kid who got burned did anything immature that caused the accident either. Introducing a minor into the mix ratchets up all the legal posturing after the event, though. A child is...
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    Remember, this was a local parade, not a...

    Remember, this was a local parade, not a reenactment. There's a good possibility that this wasn't even a "unit" (with some sense of established order) firing it's piece. It very well could have been...
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    I just can't say enough about Calibre. Use it all...

    I just can't say enough about Calibre. Use it all the time. Great product. Even it, sometimes will scramble a mobi file when it converts it to text. When I converted "Twelve Years a Slave" I ended up...
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