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    As has been stated already, a "civilian" style...

    As has been stated already, a "civilian" style belt would be best. The brass CS belt plates will be consigned to a special section of **** when the trumpets sound someday.
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    There are three kinds of events: For profit....

    There are three kinds of events:

    For profit. They are very few, as we've learned as a group to stay away.

    For everyone, and to raise money. Events like Neshaminy which has raised tens of...
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    I guess the button-pissing hardcore lives on in...

    I guess the button-pissing hardcore lives on in the wool biz, eh, Mrs. Lawson? ;)
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    Weed makes nothing these days IIRC, but the...

    Weed makes nothing these days IIRC, but the observations about Jarnigan fabrics for their coats extends to their caps.

    There are many fine makers in the hobby, and a bunch of us are leaving said...
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    The problem with Jarnigan has always been the...

    The problem with Jarnigan has always been the fabric they have used. I once sent a Jarnie coat to John Wedeward and he had about ten things he found wrong with it. And if anyone knows sack coats,...
  6. Mr. Barnes, there are many ways to tackle...

    Mr. Barnes, there are many ways to tackle authentic gear, and I for one don't pretend to have all the answers. Discussion is good, and we don't have to agree on everything as long as we rely on the...
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    This will probably get me a time out for saying...

    This will probably get me a time out for saying it, but I agree with Joe/Mint: the events I prefer to attend (and the ones I have worked on) would not have a problem if you choose to stay home...
  8. No comment on your intention, and no ill intent...

    No comment on your intention, and no ill intent on this end. I extend my hand as proof that I was simply clarifying the article's meaning to make sure that it is linked just to britches and is not...
  9. OK, a little bit of quibble here from one of the...

    OK, a little bit of quibble here from one of the hobby's persistent quibblers.

    I know Chris Sullivan pretty well, and he is talking in that article about why he uses a wool blend for his britches....
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    If there is a strong feeling against cell phones,...

    If there is a strong feeling against cell phones, the simple solution is for event organizers to say that, like parking in camp, cell phones will get you tossed. Draconian? Maybe.
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    Remaining books on hold pending receipt of...

    Remaining books on hold pending receipt of payment.
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    Checking out period images is much closer to the...

    Checking out period images is much closer to the way THEY did it than surviving items of clothing. The provenance of a jacket or other item isn't always clear, and may be a sample and never issued...
  13. Thread: haversack

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    Gents, I agree there are those who are very...

    Gents, I agree there are those who are very talented, or very persistent, but I have seen few homemade items that didn't look just that-- home-made.

    Haversacks and most other portions of our kit...
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    When we did "War on the James" in 2003, we...

    When we did "War on the James" in 2003, we specifically told participants that anyone pulling out a camera would be expelled from the event.

    Yep.

    Got their attention. We had no problems with...
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    Honestly, unless you WANT the experience of...

    Honestly, unless you WANT the experience of making a haversack, the work involved (and the potential to **** it up) mean you're much better off purchasing one from the many old farts who are leaving...
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    The Germans in the American Civil War $5 is all...

    The Germans in the American Civil War $5 is all that's left, plus I have a dog-eared copy of Dom dal Bello's "Parade, Inspection & Basic Evolutions of the Infantry Battalion." Make me an offer.
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    If you must have gaiters.... Notice no buckles...

    If you must have gaiters.... Notice no buckles anywhere to be seen on their footwear.

    http://civilwartalk.com/attachments/529441a-8x10-jpg.9663/
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    Item #2 (Columbia Rifles Research Compedium) is...

    Item #2 (Columbia Rifles Research Compedium) is sold.
    #4 (A Compendium of Field Music for Bugle, Drum, and Trumpet, Washington, 1862 (reprint) is on hold pending payment.
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    A very jaunty photo and a great image to use as...

    A very jaunty photo and a great image to use as the guide for one's impression.
  20. There are two questions here: 1.) What did...

    There are two questions here:

    1.) What did THEY carry?
    2.) What do I carry in the field?

    I will defer to experts like Curt-Heinrich Schmidt on #1, though the quick & dirty is that officers...
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    Regs are good. Thanks, Curt, for posting these.

    Regs are good. Thanks, Curt, for posting these.
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    Early war is a matter of research and sometimes...

    Early war is a matter of research and sometimes speculation. If you're recreating a specific kit, then I can't really say. But IIRC staff officers and line officers rotated in and out (and died and...
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    As long as the knife has no discernible modern...

    As long as the knife has no discernible modern markings and doesn't have a stainless blade, you should be fine with anything picked up at a flea market or antiques store (where "antique" these days...
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    What period and unit do you wish to portray? ...

    What period and unit do you wish to portray?

    If you're line (commanding a company, etc.), then I recommend just ordinary officer's britches. If Late War, enlisted man's britches. Gold piping...
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    What Terry and Ross said. NEVER wear cotton...

    What Terry and Ross said.

    NEVER wear cotton socks. Even with two pair, they will shred tender modern feet.

    A pair of MB&S brogans is about the most-important item in your kit. You don't stand...
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