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    What kind of jacket do you want to make there are...

    What kind of jacket do you want to make there are many many different types north and south? No such thing as a generic jacket. Here is a link to Devere's guide to drafting patterns 1855. Make your...
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    Ebay. These all came off the Steamboat Arabia...

    Ebay. These all came off the Steamboat Arabia which sunk in 1856. They are all period correct.17866
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    I certainly understand merchants protecting their...

    I certainly understand merchants protecting their research and sources but with Steve out of the game there are no quality vendors selling Naval uniforms. It is a shame some of the knowledge of...
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    So that begs the question. If the only patterns...

    So that begs the question. If the only patterns readily obtainable are not correct, are correct patterns available? Is the knowledge locked away and only assessable to a select few? Can that...
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    ^^^^^ What manual is that from? Not French...

    ^^^^^ What manual is that from? Not French Berry and Hunt, Patton's, Andrew's, Gilham's, or NPS drill.
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    It is a Naval term misused by reenactors....

    It is a Naval term misused by reenactors. Children were not part of land based Artillery detachments.
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    While I don't agree with using commands not found...

    While I don't agree with using commands not found in the original manuals. I can attest to the red hot spent primer statement. At our last demo a spent primer landed about 30 feet to the left and...
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    The National Park Service Artillery Drill the the...

    The National Park Service Artillery Drill the the gold standard for safety and authenticity. Too many units still use made up unauthentic reenactor drill. The NPS drill is very very close to French,...
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    The peat moss is only to increase length of the...

    The peat moss is only to increase length of the blank round in large bores like 12 pounders. You want to make sure the round does not become turned as it is rammed home. The peat moss side goes to...
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    Properly trained, safe cannon crews add NOTHING...

    Properly trained, safe cannon crews add NOTHING but black powder to their blank rounds.

    Some guns seem to produce smoke rings more than others. Don't know why.
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    I'd be a bit concerned that .45 slug would go...

    I'd be a bit concerned that .45 slug would go though the thug and hit somebody in another tent.
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    In Confederate Service, there were Ordnance Sgts...

    In Confederate Service, there were Ordnance Sgts at regimental level. They would have been with the Regt. staff or ammunition wagons most likely.
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    I plan to be there....
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    Issued? No. Did they exist? probably.

    Issued? No. Did they exist? probably.
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    Is there any evidence they were used in military...

    Is there any evidence they were used in military camps? If there is no evidence, why use them?
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    They would have been uniformed as infantry...

    They would have been uniformed as infantry because that is who was mostly detailed for that duty. Possibly local state troops/home guard. The badges and brassards are for the most part a reenactorism.
  17. Is there much evidence of English Knapsacks being...

    Is there much evidence of English Knapsacks being imported WITH the frames? I had thought the current evidence pretty much showed they were not shipped with frames.
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    WOW, I have tried several times over the last two...

    WOW, I have tried several times over the last two years to join the Sewing Academy and have never gotten a response. I have read and reread every post and have tried in vain to get approved. I was...
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    The 1880 Wagon "Paulin" specifications work out...

    The 1880 Wagon "Paulin" specifications work out to 16' by 12'. I wonder if the unpublished 1865 Quartermaster Manual has any specs?
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    I did find this from the 1880 regulations. ...

    I did find this from the 1880 regulations.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v98/faabala/tarp1880_zps46432420.png


    Big Duck Canvas offers 24" wide no. 4 Canvas by special order. They usually...
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    Excellent! That helps. I don't have a copy of the...

    Excellent! That helps. I don't have a copy of the 1841 manual.

    There was nothing of interest in the 1849 Artillery in the Land Service of the US.
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    The Artillerists Manual: Van Nostrand 1860...

    The Artillerists Manual: Van Nostrand 1860
    Appendix 15 - Large Tarpaulin 54lbs
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    It is obvious there are two standards of Large...

    It is obvious there are two standards of Large Tarpaulins. The painted tarp weighing 54 lbs and the unpainted weighing 35.75-37.75 lbs. The painted tarp had to be made of lighter weight canvas duck....
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    I found it. You are correct. I found it in my...

    I found it. You are correct. I found it in my 1862 U.S. Ordnance Copy. I need to compare all the versions of the manual. It looks like the painted tarps were dropped at some point from the manual.
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    Michael, How did you get the 37.5 weight for...

    Michael,

    How did you get the 37.5 weight for the unpainted tarp?

    If the finished tarp is 54 lbs with 3 coats of paint

    2 lbs of paint per square yard (according to the Ordnance Manual)
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