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    Well said, Mr. P. Wasn't it Twain who said "a...

    Well said, Mr. P.

    Wasn't it Twain who said "a reenactor who sticks his ramrod into a fire is no wiser than a man who sticks his head into a lion's mouth"?

    Ramrods are tools to use for cleaning...
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    There is the (mostly) apocryphal story of John...

    There is the (mostly) apocryphal story of John Wedeward's spontaneous combustive haversack....

    I have used butcher paper to wrap cured meats (I carry no raw meats in the field), and poke bags for...
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    I would urge you not to let them touch it unless...

    I would urge you not to let them touch it unless you are very clear about the regulations in your community.

    Also, don't let the gun become the focus of what they bring away from this. Many...
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    I have two sets of brass stencils that were sold...

    I have two sets of brass stencils that were sold during the period and long afterward. White out and sharpies should be reserved for skiing and scalawag sutlers.
  5. Thread: nj sekela

    by Bill_Cross
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    I own a number of Mr. Sekela's products, and can...

    I own a number of Mr. Sekela's products, and can state that you will be well-served by their authenticity and craftsmanship.
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    Given how seldom you will ever actually WEAR a...

    Given how seldom you will ever actually WEAR a greatcoat, you might want to skip the effort (and cost of purchasing said chevrons).
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    What Curt said.

    What Curt said.
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    Good luck, you couldn't pay me enough to do that...

    Good luck, you couldn't pay me enough to do that job. But hats off to those who are, this place has really cleaned up its act since the mid 00s. Either that or the scoundrels have all died off. ;)
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    Glad to see this obscure but legendary uniform...

    Glad to see this obscure but legendary uniform brought into the realm of the historical fact and out of the sutler fantasy world. Leprechauns everywhere are shedding a tear at the color of the...
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    Mods, as much as I love Bugs Bunny, I think this...

    Mods, as much as I love Bugs Bunny, I think this thread has gone down a rabbit hole and needs to close: they were called "horse pistols," likely because they were carried by troops a-horse, and were...
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    Pea Ridge is largely untouched by modernity,...

    Pea Ridge is largely untouched by modernity, something Lookout Mountain, Chickamauga or indeed much of the Atlanta Campaign cannot claim (Pickett's Mill is quite nice and Kennesaw Mountain, though...
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    Steve, I don't disagree with your facts, but I...

    Steve, I don't disagree with your facts, but I don't think, also, that the intention of the pistol's design is entirely important in discussing its use in the field.

    Pistols are IMO waaay...
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    As to why the South would be issuing obsolete...

    As to why the South would be issuing obsolete long arms in 1864-5, please remember that the Confederacy's best arsenal was captured US long arms left on the field of battle.

    There is the classic...
  14. May I suggest that we distinguish between...

    May I suggest that we distinguish between "painted ground cloths" and "gum blankets," which Back In the Day referred to a Vulcanized rubber product. There is nothing wrong with carrying a painted...
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    Pistols were carried as side arms by officers...

    Pistols were carried as side arms by officers early in the war, but the large, bulky ones like the Walker Dragoon or the Colt Army 1860 were often discarded by many in favor of smaller ones, some...
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    Courtesy of Rich Watters, one of the best-kept...

    Courtesy of Rich Watters, one of the best-kept secrets of CW clothing.

    Thank you, Sir, your kindness is exceeded only by your poor eyesight! ;) Looking forward to wearing said coat and hat at...
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    My new avatar is in a DB hat.

    My new avatar is in a DB hat.
  18. Thread: Huzzah?

    by Bill_Cross
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    It seems I'm damned if I do and damned if I...

    It seems I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't. Would you prefer, Dear Schnapps, that I (in good reenactor fashion) stick to my prejudices or embrace the facts as they have emerged?

    Sorry, but...
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    OK, lots of bloviating about the idea of...

    OK, lots of bloviating about the idea of powder-less events, but do we have any FACTS about this?
  20. Thread: Huzzah?

    by Bill_Cross
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    Well, it looks as though the evidence from songs...

    Well, it looks as though the evidence from songs is more ambiguous than I presumed. Do we know how popular these songs were? We all know "The Bonnie Blue Flag" was popular and likely represented...
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    There are two strains of information here:...

    There are two strains of information here: soldiers foraged for supplements to their often wretched rations any way they could (including ways they would be court-martialed for if caught. As the...
  22. Thread: Huzzah?

    by Bill_Cross
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    The ONLY reputable guide we have is the period...

    The ONLY reputable guide we have is the period songbook. Poetry was often fanciful, and even novelists with realism in their blood like Dickens were under the moral constraints of what was acceptable...
  23. I hope that chicken ended up in a stew or...

    I hope that chicken ended up in a stew or released, as carrying it that way or tying it up all weekend was cruel.

    Then again, when let go, the chicken and his mate did not run away. I guess that's...
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    Mr. Berezuk, I find it incredible that you would...

    Mr. Berezuk, I find it incredible that you would criticize my ethics and then publish a private communication. That's pretty hilarious if it weren't so hypocritical. I guess you're no better than you...
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    by Bill_Cross
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    Ice is comfortable, but health experts will tell...

    Ice is comfortable, but health experts will tell you drinking very cold liquids in the heat is bad for you. Better to drink cool or room-temp liquids and let Nature's AC (your sweat glands) do their...
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