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    From my own experience, it sounds like the carbon...

    From my own experience, it sounds like the carbon residue has hardened into almost concrete consistency. I had a similar problem with a second hand musket I purchased and I was experiencing at least...
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    Welcome Zack, Just to second, third, fourth,...

    Welcome Zack,

    Just to second, third, fourth, or whatever has already been said so I won't repeat it.

    Just a couple of items that I didn't notice in a quick skim.

    It has been mentioned that...
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    Hank is quite correct that both baking powder and...

    Hank is quite correct that both baking powder and baking soda would definitely give it a boost. I apologize for rushing the response and not checking a period recipe but I was trying to propose an...
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    In 2007 my wife, Virginia, did an article for...

    In 2007 my wife, Virginia, did an article for "The Watchdog" discussing waxed paper. The article, counting the Bibliography, was 15 pages so I won't be copying it into this post. She stated that...
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    I would second the two-wheel cart idea. You...

    I would second the two-wheel cart idea. You could carry a lot more and heavier stuff on a cart than you could a small four-wheel pulled wagon. With a small diameter wheel wagon, any weight is going...
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    I've worked with Kara in the past and being...

    I've worked with Kara in the past and being available for fittings is useful in making a vest since it is a closely fitted garment. It would be helpful if you could state the general area where you...
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    I don't know the name of the group but one of the...

    I don't know the name of the group but one of the individuals that I believe that is shown on the screen is George Carroll, a leader in civil war drumming. I don't know if the company is still in...
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    A couple of questions. Do you want to depict a...

    A couple of questions. Do you want to depict a Christmas party for a certain time during the war that might reflect shortages or are you just interested in period food ideas? For confederates, ham...
  9. Thread: RD type 1

    by mmescher
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    I know there is a difference between the...

    I know there is a difference between the different types of Richmond Depot jackets. But you should never judge anything a reenactor is wearing or using as an indicator of historic accuracy. What...
  10. Thread: trust

    by mmescher
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    Another caution is to immediately cease dealing...

    Another caution is to immediately cease dealing with someone if they ask you to wire money. If you use the postal service I believe they are subject to mail fraud if they don't deliver. But wiring...
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    My wife, Virgina, wrote an article for "The...

    My wife, Virgina, wrote an article for "The Watchdog" on salt pork. I don't have the article in front of me but my memory tells me their were about five different grades of salt pork, one of which...
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    Sorry I missed this when it first came up. In...

    Sorry I missed this when it first came up. In 2001, my wife, Virginia, prepared a combination book/cd looking at store ledgers. One of the appendices in the book was directions to convert period...
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    Cards have been mentioned in several of the...

    Cards have been mentioned in several of the posts. For period games you can get an 1860's Hoyle's to see what versions were played at the time.

    Cribbage was indeed a period game but the Hoyle's...
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    Check out Wiley's "Johnny Reb" for some ideas of...

    Check out Wiley's "Johnny Reb" for some ideas of camp entertainment. There are many activities that would be possible although some could not be staged in a modern living history.

    If doing...
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    Someone mentioned that one soldier looked like he...

    Someone mentioned that one soldier looked like he was clearing a bolt action rifle. I think it is at the visitors' center that they either have or had an exhibit talking about the 1961 reenactment...
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    Good evening, Eliza, Although you didn't...

    Good evening, Eliza,

    Although you didn't mention your age, I see you are a junior member. I'm also assuming that you are new to reenacting.

    You didn't mention where you are located but there...
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    Where are you in Tennessee and how far are you...

    Where are you in Tennessee and how far are you willing to travel? For example, I seem to remember one in Louisville, KY but that probably wouldn't be of interest if you live in Knoxville. Also, it...
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    I've contacted the organizer about whether they...

    I've contacted the organizer about whether they will be using the same ground for this event as was used for Chancellorsville. Their initial response was that it will be basically the same area. I...
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    What color is the staining? If it is purple, it...

    What color is the staining? If it is purple, it may be the chemicals in the leather. I'm guessing that you carry your wallet in your pocket. If so, it would be subject to getting wet from sweat. ...
  20. Thread: Frying Pans

    by mmescher
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    Unless you are doing a garrison impression, a...

    Unless you are doing a garrison impression, a frying pan of that size I don't think would be accurate, albeit even for a company mess. The frying pan that you describe sounds like a spider which is...
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    To go along with some of the other posts, when...

    To go along with some of the other posts, when our boys were reenacting, we would go to one of the discount shoe outlets and look for a desert boot style shoe. Whether they were black, brown, or tan...
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    Now that we have gotten one element of attire...

    Now that we have gotten one element of attire taken care of, let's address other elements of etiquette. One that is frequently forgotten is that the gentlemen should dance with lots of partners. ...
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    The 42d VA is still around. Send me a PM and...

    The 42d VA is still around. Send me a PM and I'll be happy to let you know what we are doing. We can accommodate just about any impression.
  24. What event will you be attending? And in...

    What event will you be attending? And in addition to the dinner and ball, what other activities will you be participating in?
  25. I've also sent you a private message about a...

    I've also sent you a private message about a military unit with civilians that is within your geographic area.
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