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    One of the concerns about using the same barrel...

    One of the concerns about using the same barrel for live firing and for reenacting is the chance (however small) of lead skirting/fragments being left in the barrel and coming out as projectiles at...
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    You do realize, however, that some one will see...

    You do realize, however, that some one will see the sign and ask "Hey, where's the bathroom?", while someone else will come out of it and say "There are no magazines in there......".
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    Magazine. (Darned ten letter minimum rule. ;) )

    Magazine.
    (Darned ten letter minimum rule. ;) )
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    The author was a North Carolinian by birth.

    The author was a North Carolinian by birth.
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    Mel, I have never heard the phrase, and have no...

    Mel, I have never heard the phrase, and have no idea what its origins might be.
    This is one we both need to look into. :)
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    You can try lightening the tightness of the...

    You can try lightening the tightness of the barrel bands slightly, and see if that helps free it up a bit.
    Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
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    A small piece of research

    From the book "Letters From A North Carolina Unionist: John A. Hedrick to Benjamin S. Hedrick, 1862-1865
    Taken from the letter of May 30th, 1864:

    "The different classes of the population have...
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    Mel, the scoop shovels of the day don't do you...

    Mel, the scoop shovels of the day don't do you much good in camp, as they are lousy diggers (ask me how I know this.....). They are best used at places like Bentonville, where the sandy soil is...
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    First thing I'd suggest is to find out what's...

    First thing I'd suggest is to find out what's already there in the area....Are you innovating or reinventing the wheel, so to speak.
    Then figure out your target audience: Who are they, what age...
  10. Job well done, Bill.

    Job well done, Bill.
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    Period specs called for 2" thick poles, made from...

    Period specs called for 2" thick poles, made from hard wood (preferably ash wood).
    Modern day 2x2's aren't really 2x2; they're more 1 3/4 x 1 3/4, at best. They also tend to be made from softer...
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    Find someone with a loaner box of older, used...

    Find someone with a loaner box of older, used gear and use that. If it gets "damaged", the loss is less.
  13. A "proper" Color Guard would have nine men, but...

    A "proper" Color Guard would have nine men, but the realities of the moment might dictate a smaller number. There are references to larger ones, too.
    It could have two Color Sergeants, each bearing...
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    A very good quote for our hobby.

    "I knew from experience that it was more difficult to command two generals desiring to be leaders, than it was to command one army, officered intelligently, and with subordination."
    U.S. Grant
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    I would assume that you wish to make an Army of...

    I would assume that you wish to make an Army of Northern Virginia battle flag, as there were many others used for the same purpose. For example, if you served in General Hardee's corps, your battle...
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    As with any question of this kind, if you ask...

    As with any question of this kind, if you ask twenty people, you'll get 27 answers, all somewhat different. :)

    Here's my take (obviously, other's mileage will vary):
    There are fewer of us now...
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    The Heavies would also be used for siege, such as...

    The Heavies would also be used for siege, such as for the reduction of Fort Sumter over the latter half of the war.
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    For Federals in the latter part of the war, the...

    For Federals in the latter part of the war, the enlisted men got to build pavilions for the officers to have gala parties at. Sergeants got to serve as waiters. There seems to have been quite some...
  19. For Federal with a knapsack to carry more things,...

    For Federal with a knapsack to carry more things, go with an overshirt, spare socks, wool sleeping cap. The wool socks can be used as gloves overnight, or wear a clean pair under that day's used...
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    No prices given, just links to dealers.
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    Private correspondence and memoirs of...

    Private correspondence and memoirs of Confederates speak of capturing robins for robin pie. I've seen Federals report that they shot "bear", only to "discover" it was a pig (all of which roamed...
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    Use it to dig Federal trenches at Bentonville...

    Use it to dig Federal trenches at Bentonville this coming March. Not only does that sandy soil shine dull plates and cups, it also dulls shiny new things, including some fresh fish privates.
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    With the lack of adequate land on which to hold...

    With the lack of adequate land on which to hold reenactments, we've sometimes been reduced to pounding away at each other at too close range, and that mindset/habit can run over into events where...
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    None of the period gear is water proof, just...

    None of the period gear is water proof, just different degrees of water resistant. My experience, from best to worst, is gum blanket, tarred/painted blanket, shelter half (assuming no water...
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    If you use steel wool, use 0000 (very fine)...

    If you use steel wool, use 0000 (very fine) grade.
    Using Balistol oil or olive oil helps some, but a bright barrel sneaks out of your tent at night and hunts for rust. Enfields do the same, but...
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