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  1. 152nd Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens Commemoration

    If you're in the DC area on Saturday July 9. 2016, come by and see the USCT and some other units in a free living history event from 10-5, commemorating the only Civil War battle that took place in...
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    No, it’s not off base—you’re right on target....

    No, it’s not off base—you’re right on target. It’s been an issue since I got into the hobby 17 years ago. When I was at the 150th First Manassas, I got stuck at a bridge while traffic exited the...
  3. Willing to sell these items separately if anyone...

    Willing to sell these items separately if anyone is interested. Wanted to give someone a shot a getting a complete uniform, but so far no takers, so if anyone's interested in any one item, please let...
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    Speaking of a lack of uniform items, recall the...

    Speaking of a lack of uniform items, recall the famous picture of the three Confederate prisoners captured at Gettysburg. And all of them are wearing shoes, btw.

    It's possible the big knife in...
  5. For sale: Union Enlisted Heavy Artillery Uniform

    For sale: Union Enlisted Heavy Artillery Uniform $325, includes:

    --Dark blue infantry frock coat, size 48 with red piping; half lined with muslin. Coat has all buttons, as well as fittings for...
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    Here's the same group demonstrating the "Safe...

    Here's the same group demonstrating the "Safe Zone" for muskets by firing blanks directly at someone from 30 feet.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pZCiYQe2dE
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    Unbelievable! I would have walked off the field,...

    Unbelievable! I would have walked off the field, packed up and left the event, then looked for another unit to join. I need to know what unit this is so I can make sure I never to go to an event...
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    Is this an example of the "real history" you're...

    Is this an example of the "real history" you're talking about? From the SCV Camp 1640:
    ...
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    Terry, I'm not angry or hiding behind anything,...

    Terry, I'm not angry or hiding behind anything, and my age has nothing to do with it. There is no requirement that you sign your real name here or provide other personal information.

    I don't...
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    Couldn’t agree more. The NPS relies on...

    Couldn’t agree more. The NPS relies on approximately 3,000 living history interpreters to staff its programs on the Gettysburg battlefield every year (not battle reenactments, which are not allowed...
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    Please note that by calling on “all Confederate...

    Please note that by calling on “all Confederate reenactors” the author of this post erroneously conveys the impression that all reenactors who portray Confederate soldiers support the SCV, its...
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    It sounds like you’re doing everything right as...

    It sounds like you’re doing everything right as far as catering to the reenactors is concerned. Overall, there’s been a decline in the number of people in reenacting and living history nationwide,...
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    Thanks, that interesting. Still no indication of...

    Thanks, that interesting. Still no indication of what set him off, though. I guess if you're drunk and crazy, you really don't need a reason...
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    Man shoots at Civil War reenactors

    OK, this is totally weird. Can't wait to hear why he did this. Thank god no one was injured or killed.

    Man arrested for opening fire on a group of Civil War reenactors


    Gary Lane is accused...
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    Well, it worked for these guys (click on the...

    Well, it worked for these guys (click on the images to see a larger version):

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    This one looks to be wearing an oval US plate and sword:

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    The NCO plate, or buckle, requires a different...

    The NCO plate, or buckle, requires a different belt than is used for the oval US plate. If you have a sword belt, it won't take an oval plate, you need the NCO plate.
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    From the Stones River National Battlefield: ...

    From the Stones River National Battlefield:

    "We closed out our programs today by dedicating the firing of each one of our guns in salute to Lance Corporal, and Kennesaw Mountain National...
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    Marine killed was a Reenactor

    :-( So very sad to learn that one of the Marines killed in the latest domestic terror attack was also a reenactor. Skip Wells served as a volunteer for the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield...
  19. Unity Park & Field Musician's Monument Event

    I thoroughly enjoyed the dedication ceremony for Unity Park and the unveiling of the monument to Civil War Field Musicians in Gettysburg yesterday. Amazingly, this project was brought to fruition by...
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    That should be "experience live firing.." not...

    That should be "experience live firing.." not "experience living firing..." I wish we could edit these posts after the short time period allowed.
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    No, I haven't thought about quitting reenacting,...

    No, I haven't thought about quitting reenacting, but I do think more reenactors should experience living firing, and even attempt to become proficient at it. I've been meaning to get out to an NSSA...
  22. Thread: Cymbals?

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    There’s nothing better than some nice music...

    There’s nothing better than some nice music around the campfire. Whatever unit you’re in, they’re lucky to have you!

    One thing there’s a shortage of in camp music is the minstrel banjo. We seem...
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    Three lusty huzzahs for the grand old District of...

    Three lusty huzzahs for the grand old District of Columbia! :-)

    I was born in DC, and have lived and worked in the DC metro area for most of my life. (Some people think I’m joking when I tell them...
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    It was great being there with you and Kelly and...

    It was great being there with you and Kelly and the others, Darrell! There was a virtual tsunami of fantastic pictures from this event on Facebook this week. You couldn’t ask for a better setting,...
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    Here is coverage from C-Span American History TV:...

    Here is coverage from C-Span American History TV:

    https://youtu.be/cLlOjxeBHBo

    Published on May 19, 2015
    Full 28 minute program debuts on Memorial Day, May 25th at 6:30pm ET on C-SPAN3
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