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    That really is the gold standard ideal for...

    That really is the gold standard ideal for reenacting, and we were pretty much able to achieve it with our oldest. When I took our youngest out in truly authentic style, it was a little too much for...
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    I dunno. I usually don't disagree with you,...

    I dunno. I usually don't disagree with you, Terri, but I have a personal anecdote. When our girls were young, we and they had no problem kitting them out in period dresses and doing civilian...
  3. I've always felt that when I got too old to trail...

    I've always felt that when I got too old to trail a musket that I'd dust off my chaplain uniform since there was no upper age limit for chaplains, and they tended to be older officers by virtue of...
  4. And that would be almost impossible to tell from...

    And that would be almost impossible to tell from the photos. Grey hair shows up as blond. Look at my avatar. I know I was salt-and-pepper when that image was taken, but you wouldn't know it by the...
  5. Take a look at the photos of veteran zouaves...

    Take a look at the photos of veteran zouaves marching in memorial parades. They look a lot like old reenactors. CW reenacting as a niche in the hobby has the unique problem of not respecting older...
  6. This is a hobby. I portray an infantryman because...

    This is a hobby. I portray an infantryman because that's what I am interested in. I'm not interested in the civilian or political side of the house. I leave that for those who are interested in it....
  7. I wasn't paying close attention at that point,...

    I wasn't paying close attention at that point, but if you're looking for photographic evidence of the twisted blanket roll, there's one in the famous photo of soldiers in greatcoats warming...
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    When I learned to shoot for real I tried to shoot...

    When I learned to shoot for real I tried to shoot left handed. I thought that would be so cool. Couldn't hit squat! Although I'm a fair shot left handed with a pistol, I do all my live shooting right...
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    I'm left handed also, have terrible eyesight and...

    I'm left handed also, have terrible eyesight and started reenacting when I was about your age. So, some advice: 1)muskets are right handed. Period. Just accept that as a fact of nature and it will be...
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    As I understand it, the dulcimer is an Irish or...

    As I understand it, the dulcimer is an Irish or Scots Irish imitation of the sheitholt. I was speaking narrowly of early extant dulcimers only. The sheitholt is a different instrument and I don't...
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    The dulcimer appeared around 1750 in south...

    The dulcimer appeared around 1750 in south western Pennsylvania, on the frontier. The oldest surviving ones are extremely crude, literally a box with strings wrapped around nails for tuning pegs....
  12. I guess he didn't gerrymander his district...

    I guess he didn't gerrymander his district properly. I thought once you got to Washington, you stayed there forever. :)
    Seriously, is there any compelling reason why his statue should be there in...
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    As a wise lady has said "I wish we had a like...

    As a wise lady has said "I wish we had a like button." :D
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    I know this is OT, but I've been firing blanks...

    I know this is OT, but I've been firing blanks out of flintlocks and percussion locks since I was 16 and I've never had a firing issue that could be resolved on the firing line. I've broken...
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    Not defending their methodology, but have safe...

    Not defending their methodology, but have safe distances ever been tested?
  16. Thanks. Very nice. Although I've never been an...

    Thanks. Very nice. Although I've never been an N-SSA member, I've learned a lot about guns and shooting from them.
  17. Can you post a link? I'm not seeing anything or...

    Can you post a link? I'm not seeing anything or finding anything with a search.
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    As I said, I couldn't think of a worse venue....

    As I said, I couldn't think of a worse venue. Absolute mockery of the motto (or is it a prayer) enscribed on the Eternal Light Peace Memorial. Did anyone really think a rally, or counter-rally, would...
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    I don't think there was a lot of thought put into...

    I don't think there was a lot of thought put into mounted rifle uniforms. Since they operated as infantry, I'm betting blue hatcords, if they were actually worn at all.
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    You know, in the service of the First Amendment,...

    You know, in the service of the First Amendment, makes me proud of the NPS.
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    Something about that article is unsettling to me....

    Something about that article is unsettling to me. Either the speaker said some very tone deaf things, or the reporter recorded them poorly, but the tone comes off as inflammatory rather than...
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    The motto on the Peace Light reads "Peace Eternal...

    The motto on the Peace Light reads "Peace Eternal in a Nation United." We should all meditate on that phrase, all including our internet selves. IMHO, a rally hardly seems like an atmosphere...
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    Those look more like staff boards to me.

    Those look more like staff boards to me.
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    At least as important, maybe more, to an...

    At least as important, maybe more, to an understanding of the historical soldier than material culture is his worldview. We can never definitively know what a person was thinking, but the things he...
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    Would I be correct if I said that although...

    Would I be correct if I said that although individuals had witnessed and documented the abuses of slavery before the war, the war itself gave hundreds of thousands of men the firsthand experience of...
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