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    I read it pretty much the same way and although I...

    I read it pretty much the same way and although I haven't found the expression in a wartime context, I thought this vignette was interesting and relevant nonetheless.

    It seems to me that the...
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    Not military, quite, but from "The Wide Awakes"...

    Not military, quite, but from "The Wide Awakes" in Vanity Fair, September 29, 1860: "‘Well, it was not long ere we fell into line, nearly every man of us bearing a torch weighing some ten pounds....
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    Lighten up, Eli -- I'm hoping to put together a...

    Lighten up, Eli -- I'm hoping to put together a reenactment of Mobile Bay in a flooded football stadium... ;)
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    We could get all kinds of interesting angles on...

    We could get all kinds of interesting angles on our events if we just held them on basketball courts.
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    And then there's this: ...

    And then there's this: http://allthingsliberty.com/2014/04/you-say-huzzah-they-said-huzzay/
    And closer to our time (1862), this: ...
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    John Russel's "Instructions for the Drill"...

    John Russel's "Instructions for the Drill" (1804), pp. 49-51. "A musket ball suspended by a string of whip-cord, on which are marked the different required lengths, will answer the above purposes....
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    Just for another perspective, "As for drill, the...

    Just for another perspective, "As for drill, the worst militia regiment can do enough for all practical purposes." Sir Garnet Wolseley.
  8. I should add that it was a very historical B&B. ...

    I should add that it was a very historical B&B. ;)
  9. I took my wife to her first stay-over reenactment...

    I took my wife to her first stay-over reenactment in August and found a perfect solution. We bivouacked in a B&B...
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    Well said all round.

    Well said all round.
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    I apologize for saying that harshly. In the cool...

    I apologize for saying that harshly. In the cool of the morning I'd say "I disagree" rather than the first phrase. :)

    I do find it interesting that smokeless powder was named as the culprit. ...
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    That's total BS. I have an Indian-made 1795...

    That's total BS. I have an Indian-made 1795 Springfield, the barrel is anything but tinfoil, and the warranty specifies FFg powder only. We should stop blaming stupid on the weapons. If you search...
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    Since the learning costs a lot less than the...

    Since the learning costs a lot less than the uniform and the musket, one really ought to learn as much as one can. Besides, when you have a bunch of guys running around with black powder weapons,...
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    It's how they ID outsiders -- ditto Nomini,...

    It's how they ID outsiders -- ditto Nomini, Mattaponi, and Buchannon. Say it wrong and you're a legitimate mark. ;)
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    A full AAR will follow in a couple of weeks, but...

    A full AAR will follow in a couple of weeks, but we had a battalion on the field, aggregate of about 75, in four small companies. Numbers are down across the hobby (we might have had somewhere...
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    More great video -- thanks!

    More great video -- thanks!
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    New Market Heights

    Some great footage here, and a good overview of the significance of the battle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llJN6GAMGVo&feature=youtu.be
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    Except by the time Lawton wrote that the CS...

    Except by the time Lawton wrote that the CS dollar was down to about two cents in gold and four cents in greenbacks. I believe that to compensate for the rising price of everything, the CS army had...
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    Kilburn's "Notes on Preparing Stores" makes for...

    Kilburn's "Notes on Preparing Stores" makes for interesting reading and has some of the period answers to these questions, with beans and rice appearing on pp. 24-26: ...
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    You want to be a staff officer? Get a dip pen...

    You want to be a staff officer? Get a dip pen and some forms and learn to write. Go to Google Books and look at the General Orders. Read Craighill, Butterfield, and all three volumes of Kautz. ...
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    Truth -- bears repeating...

    Truth -- bears repeating...
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    Apparently you're on target, Mr. Berg. Smiles...

    Apparently you're on target, Mr. Berg. Smiles were considered silly and photos were portraits: http://petapixel.com/2013/09/23/didnt-people-smile-old-photos/ "In a letter to the Sacramento Daily...
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    I've poked little holes in the wool covering and pressed the brass down as Curt describes. If you don't mess around too much with it you can remove the stuff at the end of the weekend with no...
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    I've wondered the same thing, Hank. Perhaps it...

    I've wondered the same thing, Hank. Perhaps it comes from a postwar recollection slightly corrupted by time, or the assumption that any flour used by the Confederates must have been cornmeal. That...
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    Agreed. It was all downhill from Rich Mountain...

    Agreed. It was all downhill from Rich Mountain and the military appropriations act of FY61. :)
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