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    Well, that was embarrassing. Hank Trent...

    Well, that was embarrassing.

    Hank Trent
    Hanktrent@gmail.com
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    Thanks! For me, at least, down by the ads at the...

    Thanks! For me, at least, down by the ads at the bottom, there was a link to an article about a counter rally:...
  3. Looks like it's Godey's Sept. 1858, pg.193 for...

    Looks like it's Godey's Sept. 1858, pg.193 for illustration. Here's that issue online, with the description: https://books.google.com/books?id=8n1MAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA261

    The illustration page doesn't...
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    What Frederick Douglass thought about it: ...

    What Frederick Douglass thought about it:




    Speech at Cooper Institute, NY, Feb. 6, 1863. Full text: www.sethkaller.com/about/educational/douglass/
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    It's here, a little more than half way down the...

    It's here, a little more than half way down the page, and you can click on it to enlarge a little: https://indianasoldier.wordpress.com/

    It was just one of the first few images for "civil war tent...
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    So is the fly flat, or parallel to the angle of...

    So is the fly flat, or parallel to the angle of the tent? Makes all the difference between farby and not. One of these things is not like the other.

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    That would actually work quite well for a...

    That would actually work quite well for a southern sympathizer to say. The "abolitionist army" was fairly common in southern newspapers. Just one of many examples from the Richmond Dispatch:
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  8. Whether they would choose to add the third leg or...

    Whether they would choose to add the third leg or not, I don't think it's possible. As they say, "not letting other people's hostile ignorance rob us of the joy we find in this life that is the...
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    The "dynamite" lettering looks like it could be...

    The "dynamite" lettering looks like it could be sanded off, or painted over. Those square dovetails concern me. Anyone seen that style on period boxes or drawers? It's very common on turn of the 20th...
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    I always figured the flag was an Army of...

    I always figured the flag was an Army of Tennessee battle flag, but why choose that one to remember the Confederacy, rather than the flag of the ANV with the great General Lee and all? I don't know...
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    I'm curious about reports from reenactments. Are...

    I'm curious about reports from reenactments. Are battleflags unwelcome? So far the thread has had one report of that. How do visitors react? Any confrontations? How have they been handled and how did...
  12. Cool table. I wonder what the white rings are....

    Cool table. I wonder what the white rings are. Could they be where two wheels of cheese were set to age, or something else? Don't need a table, just curious and think it's a neat little antique. :)
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    Not sure how you're using Ancestry.com or...

    Not sure how you're using Ancestry.com or defining crowd-sourcing and such. I mean, yes, one needs to take census records, draft records, pensions, etc. with a grain of salt. A bored census taker...
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    To me, the obvious answer is to do what a lot of...

    To me, the obvious answer is to do what a lot of history-heavy events already do, for authenticity reasons. Just as all the military personnel will be organized into a few specific companies per...
  15. Thread: Uniforms

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    Ironically, I'm betting the one thing that would...

    Ironically, I'm betting the one thing that would make that stand out from a reproduction is the finish and weight. It looks like a lightweight superfine broadcloth, guessing from the photo. Are there...
  16. That relies on the assumption that most...

    That relies on the assumption that most reenactors got into the hobby due to an interest in material culture. While that may be true, it means that people like myself aren't really a good fit,...
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    Folks might want to note that this thread was...

    Folks might want to note that this thread was from 2011, before being bumped with new names, and Julio hasn't posted in it since then, over three years ago. Don't know if the project is over and...
  18. Which one? The old one on Narrative of James...

    Which one? The old one on Narrative of James Williams is out now. Google that title and LSU Press.

    I had to take some time off on the new one about slave trader Bacon Tait while I was in the...
  19. Since this is the whine cellar, I'm going to give...

    Since this is the whine cellar, I'm going to give this thread a bump, and whine.

    The one thing that frustrates me about reenacting forums is how few discussions there are like this, compared to...
  20. Definitely click on the link, folks. It's a great...

    Definitely click on the link, folks. It's a great illustration both of how the price of slaves fluctuated over time (you did not want to buy in 1835 and sell in 1845, regardless how the prices rose...
  21. I'd argue that that's a different situation than...

    I'd argue that that's a different situation than in Virginia. In the deep south, the profit came from the labor produced by slaves. In the upper south, profit was more apt to come from selling slaves...
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    Wrong. In the US at least, the shape of the sugar...

    Wrong. In the US at least, the shape of the sugar loaf (cone) was due to the mold used when sugar was refined to make it white. The mold was placed tip down and the impurities were drained off...
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    I've posted this before I think, but it's still...

    I've posted this before I think, but it's still the best goofy reenacting question I can recall.

    I was portraying an Andersonville prisoner, talking with a reenactor portraying a guard. He was...
  24. I'll cut-and-paste from a previous post on an...

    I'll cut-and-paste from a previous post on an unrelated thread. These questions all came from visitors at one event in one afternoon. I was portraying a wealthy Louisiana plantation owner, so was...
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    And yet, how many living historians (reenactors)...

    And yet, how many living historians (reenactors) believe and provide answers like bad teeth, long exposure times, etc.?

    I realize there's a natural human desire to search for explanations to...
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