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  1. Thread: Hunting

    by mmescher
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    Some small game may have stayed around. There...

    Some small game may have stayed around. There was the Shelby Foote quote about a rabbit running away from the soldiers getting ready for "Pickett's Charge". And that was after two days of intense...
  2. You didn't mention your allegiance. If you are...

    You didn't mention your allegiance. If you are union, you can wear a great coat. If you are confederate, I'm 6'3" and wear my blanket folded into a triangle like a shawl. "Captured" greatcoats are...
  3. Thread: Candle Making

    by mmescher
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    Before embarking on candlemaking, I'd recommend...

    Before embarking on candlemaking, I'd recommend reading the article my wife posted to my website about period candles. It can be found on www.raggedsoldier.com and go to the menu item "Articles: ...
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    In setting aside a national day of Thanksgiving...

    In setting aside a national day of Thanksgiving on a regular day, the efforts of Sarah Hale, editor of Godey's Ladies' Magazine, should also be acknowledged. She strove for years bugging numerous...
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    If I could toss in one other item which is a pet...

    If I could toss in one other item which is a pet peeve. In many of the movie productions and sometimes at a reenactment, you will see a soldier with a grimy face but the dirt is applied and not from...
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    Welcome to the hobby of civil war reenacting! ...

    Welcome to the hobby of civil war reenacting!

    Adding to the notion not to be in a rush. Looking at what the other ladies are wearing isn't necessarily a hint to proper clothing. At events you...
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    A comment on cold-handle frying pans. A couple...

    A comment on cold-handle frying pans. A couple of years ago I did a search of patents and could not find any insulated handles for any cooking equipment before 1865 with the exception, I believe, of...
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    GAC did have an event this year at Gettysburg but...

    GAC did have an event this year at Gettysburg but their numbers were considerably reduced from the 150th. I believe one thing they have requested is ideas for activities to do at a Gettysburg...
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    Just an update. I attempted to reach Mr. Millar...

    Just an update. I attempted to reach Mr. Millar (to query him about sharing the documentation for these two dances) in mid-June by sending an email to Mr. Todd of his group. The response I received...
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    Maybe I'm being too suspicious but the Coyote...

    Maybe I'm being too suspicious but the Coyote dance seems to have the hallmark of something made up by a modern dancemaster that seemed cutesy, especially the howling part. The description has a...
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    Without documentation I would hesitate to even...

    Without documentation I would hesitate to even give it a "maybe" status. I'm assuming that you are referring to the early 1860's and not the later Victorian period since the period around the civil...
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    What do the other members of the unit say? If...

    What do the other members of the unit say? If you are just starting and acting independently, try to return and get a refund for whatever you have purchased and do your research before making a...
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    Before exploring the hows of attaching brass,...

    Before exploring the hows of attaching brass, make sure what brass were used by your unit. There certainly was some use of brass but I think brass on hats is one of those categories of thing...
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    Let me first state that I'm not a cannoneer so...

    Let me first state that I'm not a cannoneer so I'm merely relating what I've been told on the flour blend. I asked one gun crew about stretching their powder and they were under the impression that...
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    What I did with my boys was to place my pattern...

    What I did with my boys was to place my pattern on a copier and shrink it to size. It took several shots for most of the pieces and to make it easier to match I drew free hand lines in a criss-cross...
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    On another part of the website that Mrs. Lawson...

    On another part of the website that Mrs. Lawson provided there is also a forum with discussions of different items of clothing including a section devoted to children's clothes. Just click on the...
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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...
  25. 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...
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