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    I don't know if it can be called a glitch, but it...

    I don't know if it can be called a glitch, but it is interesting that Gilham's manual in Paragraph 7 notes that a typical infantry company will have from four to SIX sergeants. Yet in the diagram for...
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    Formation Change Matrix

    Years ago I created a matrix showing all the common battalion formations and then all the maneuvers you could use to change direction or formation with references to where the full command could be...
  3. Well, in 1945 demilitarizing German society...

    Well, in 1945 demilitarizing German society probably seemed like a REALLY good idea. Can't say I disagree. And to some extent it worked. I spent time in Germany in 1976 and later made some German...
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    I really don't see this as any threat to...

    I really don't see this as any threat to reenacting. I mean people offended by the flag see those who carry it as crazy. And as we all know, reenactors ARE crazy! So it's a perfect match. :)
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    It was an excellent event. I'm glad I went. The...

    It was an excellent event. I'm glad I went. The organization was really well done. Registration, parking, the roads through the camps, the porta-pots, etc. etc. No complaints at all. I was astounded...
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    I'll be there commanding a composite battalion of...

    I'll be there commanding a composite battalion of Mifflin Guard and National Regiment
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    Alan Guelzo's book is perhaps the best book I...

    Alan Guelzo's book is perhaps the best book I have ever read on the Battle of Gettysburg and he has a better grasp on the realities and tactics of combat in that era than most other historians....
  8. Actually, there are not a lot of regulations in...

    Actually, there are not a lot of regulations in the tactics manuals about the colors or the color guard. As you noted, when firing, the front rank steps back to the rear rank. When advancing (in line...
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    Well now that's odd because during the 125th the...

    Well now that's odd because during the 125th the battalions were all pretty much brand new. All the big organizations we have today either didn't exist yet or were in their infancy, and I know for a...
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    Kevin, I think time has blurred the images in...

    Kevin,

    I think time has blurred the images in our memory--maybe the videos, too :) I was at those 125th reenactments and while I can remember how exciting they were due to their unprecedented...
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    Our standard schedule in the Mifflin Guard is...

    Our standard schedule in the Mifflin Guard is after roll call, breakfast, etc. we do a morning dress parade. This is immediately followed by company drill (with special attention to any fresh fish)...
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    Rob, You do make a very good point about the...

    Rob,

    You do make a very good point about the experience from in the ranks being different from that of the officers directing the movements. I've gotten comments from men who, for whatever reason,...
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    The drill has always been my passion. The very...

    The drill has always been my passion. The very first thing I bought when I entered the hobby 30 years ago was a reprint of Hardees. (We use Casey, now.) I think I know the drill pretty well through...
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    Fort Ward! My very first event ever in 1984!

    Fort Ward! My very first event ever in 1984!
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    Uh Oh...

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/three-children-injured-cannon-utah-civil-war-reenactment-n131576

    Hope the kids are okay, but what were they doing so close to a cannon?
  16. One of the interesting things about those smoke...

    One of the interesting things about those smoke rings is that while they look deceptively delicate and pretty, there is actually an air vortex inside there that contains an amazing amount of energy....
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    Everything is open to interpretation :) My...

    Everything is open to interpretation :) My interpretation would be that the 1862 campaigns determined that the South was not going to win the war militarily. And the the 1863 campaigns determined...
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    I'd be interested in knowing why the original...

    I'd be interested in knowing why the original poster is asking the question? Are quartermaster and ordnance sergeants trying to boss the NCOs in his company around? Tell 'em to go scratch! :)
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    The leather neck stocks were intended as a form...

    The leather neck stocks were intended as a form of armor, but not just by themselves. If you look at the full-dress infantry uniform you have the neck stocks, the brass shoulder scales and the tall...
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    I've found that interspersing the history with...

    I've found that interspersing the history with the geography works well with young people. Kids are fascinated with Little Round Top and Devil's Den because they are just so unusual physically. Of...
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    Even if the story is apocryphal, it seems to...

    Even if the story is apocryphal, it seems to catch the essence of the man pretty well.
  22. There is "Rest on Arms" with the rifle reversed,...

    There is "Rest on Arms" with the rifle reversed, muzzle placed on the left foot, and both hands folded on the butt with the head bowed over the hands (but with the hat on). (This is described in the...
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    Yes, fire safety is critical! We had a wall tent...

    Yes, fire safety is critical! We had a wall tent burn up in our civilian camp at Neshaminy a few years ago.
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    Whatever you do, don't use too much! Especially...

    Whatever you do, don't use too much! Especially on any leather item that will come in contact with your clothing. I made that mistake with a new rifle sling and it was oozing so much oil I couldn't...
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    Interesting question. The closest I've come was...

    Interesting question. The closest I've come was an 1860 election event at Harper's Ferry.
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