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    The funeral of Hannah Reynolds Saturday evening...

    The funeral of Hannah Reynolds Saturday evening made the event for me.
  2. I hadn't heard -- thanks!

    I hadn't heard -- thanks!
  3. Condolences to Andrew Johnson on the death of President Lincoln

    Sir,

    The demon of the "peculiar institution"," for the supremacy of which the South rose in arms, would not allow his worshippers to honourably succumb in the open field. What he had begun in...
  4. How much did he pay for it? It doesn't seem...

    How much did he pay for it? It doesn't seem reasonable to spend $550 or $600 for a weapon that he picked up 15 years ago for $350. I think the inflation factor would be offset by age. Besides, if...
  5. Amen, Andy!

    Amen, Andy!
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    The cost of attending events seems to vary by war...

    The cost of attending events seems to vary by war and venue. Numbers also have a lot to do with it. I haven't had to pay for the vast majority of 1812 events I've attended and have often received...
  7. A Big Thank You to the National Regiment

    Yesterday morning at Appomattox a man in our company had a sudden and violent seizure. As he lay on the ground I heard cries of "Medic! Medic!" from the adjacent NR camp and, as I ran to the nearby...
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    Sheathed or unsheathed he's plunging into a...

    Sheathed or unsheathed he's plunging into a trench filled with reenactors who have no idea what his or his men's intentions are and, because they didn't expect a charge, fired as he violated the...
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    Here's a photo -- anyone recognize any of these...

    Here's a photo -- anyone recognize any of these fellows? http://www.clintbrownleephotography.com/p620249362/e218221f1

    Here's one of the officers charging into the works, same question: ...
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    Bentonville Confederate Unit ID

    Does anyone know the identity of the Confederate unit that charged into the Federal field fortifications during Saturday's engagement?

    This occurred on the right of the Federal line, far left of...
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    Eli, it ended up a way of drawing a faintly...

    Eli, it ended up a way of drawing a faintly triumphant close on the 150th cycle of major battle reenactments. I hope to get a fuller AAR out by the end of the week. Right now I'd say that the...
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    I hear a lot more people complaining about rules...

    I hear a lot more people complaining about rules not being enforced than I hear complaining about not being able to take their cell phones on the field. I'm surprised anyone's able to take a picture...
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    Fox reported the Rosecrans' numbers in an 1888...

    Fox reported the Rosecrans' numbers in an 1888 article in the Century called "The Chances of Being Hit in Battle." He notes that Rosecrans over-reported Confederate casualties; a re-calculation...
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    Thanks, Bob.

    Thanks, Bob.
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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: ...
  20. Thread: Drill

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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....
  21. Thread: Drill

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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.
  22. I should add that it was a very historical B&B. ...

    I should add that it was a very historical B&B. ;)
  23. 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...
  24. Thread: Accident

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    Well said all round.

    Well said all round.
  25. Thread: Accident

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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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