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    Floyd's Folly: September 11-13 2015

    Gents,
    Floyd's Folly will be a semi-immersion event held on the grounds of the Carnifex Ferry Battlefield.
    It will feature three scenarios surrounding the events on the Gauley River in 1861.
    The...
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    All, I do not think that WWII is taking...

    All,
    I do not think that WWII is taking reenactors away from from Civil War. Maybe some are doing WWII events in addition to CW. However, the WWII reenacting community has shrunk. The annual Fort...
  3. Thanks Quickstep! We've been aware of this since...

    Thanks Quickstep!
    We've been aware of this since the beginning of the planning stages.
    The USV has made arrangements for US participants to be transported from the reenactment site to the head of...
  4. All, I've muddled about "what event to support"...

    All,
    I've muddled about "what event to support" for over a year.
    The Sailor's Creek event placed such a cap on registration, that my own organization would fill it on the Federal side.
    I never had...
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    Remembrance Day

    Mods, please move this if not appropriate to this page...

    Remembrance Day is supposed to be set aside for honoring the soldiers who fought and died at Gettysburg.
    Reenactors turn out for this for...
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    WTB: Spencer Rifle and Lorenz

    Wanted to purchase:
    -reproduction Spencer rifle, .56-50

    -Original Austrian Lorenz, in good condition.

    PM me, or reply to my email.

    Scot Buffington
    buffusv@verizon.net
  7. Andrew, Where are you located? My home unit, the...

    Andrew,
    Where are you located? My home unit, the 63rd PA, has members from Oil City to just south of Pittsburgh. We will be doing a living history this weekend at the Old Stone House, located on...
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    I find it neat that ALL of the rifles appear to...

    I find it neat that ALL of the rifles appear to have slings.

    Cool

    Scot Buffington
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    Still doesn't jive.

    Bill, the .69 minie cartridge is wider and thus the extra 30 grains powder is absorbed by the width and makes this cartridge no longer than the .58 cartridge. The .69 round ball is shorter than the...
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    Taller minie!

    That is curious because the Minie (elongated) ball is taller than a round ball. It still doesn't make sense.

    Scot Buffington
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    All, I do not think that the .69 box is any...

    All,
    I do not think that the .69 box is any taller than the .58 box. However, it is certainly wider. Does someone on this forum have accurate reproductions of all three cartridge boxes to measure...
  12. During the Wilderness Campaign The Army of the...

    During the Wilderness Campaign The Army of the Potomac was likely better dressed than in any other campaign of the war.
    The Federal Army operated on a quarterly accounting system that was directly...
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    All, There's a problem with loading and firing...

    All,
    There's a problem with loading and firing whilst kneeling, as many reenactors have never been taught to do this properly. You always see kneeling men kicking the rifle butts forward with the...
  14. Go Federal

    Chris,
    next time, go Federal. We always need more in blue.

    Buff
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    Trash

    On Saturday several of us went on trash detail to bag all the loose garbage on the north end of the Federal camp. There were many who were courteous enough to actually place theirs in a bag and...
  16. It is hard to separate some of them out by event....

    It is hard to separate some of them out by event. But certain incidents have stuck with me over the years.

    125th Wilderness:
    Our battalion had been ordered in as the second ave to assault the...
  17. Green Turtle, Are you interested in doing...

    Green Turtle,
    Are you interested in doing Federal?

    Scot Buffington
    63rd PA
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    Not at all

    Is that 9,000 soldiers or 9,000 reenactors?

    If it is reenactors, 15% would be civilians. Then take away for a massive amount of artillery and cavalry. The CS side will outnumber the US by at least...
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    Tin cups

    All,
    I've taken to carrying my cup inside of my haversack. I put items like coffee and sugar pokes inside the cup and it doesn't take up too much more room.
    When I wore my cup on the outside of my...
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    There's always been campaigners

    All,
    The term campaigner is relative. If it means having a great impression, being able to move camp at a moment's notice, and be well-versed in drill, material culture and field craft, the National...
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    Constructive Remarks

    Fellows,
    Here are some comments that came directly from guys in my home battalion. These are easy and do not place blame on anyone, but might be the ticket to helping some of the problems. I was...
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    Aging

    All,
    I don't know what direction the hobby will be taking. I do know that the hobby has significantly aged, especially the leadership. Many of the battalion commanders out there are in their mid-50s...
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    Event Rules....

    Here's a tibit of stuff that that people don't read...

    THE SAFETY RULES!!!

    "There will be no hand-to-hand combat except as provided by the scripted scenario. You will be told in advance if you...
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    CHancellorsville

    Here is what I know:
    First, the event is ON!

    Scenarios:
    Friday night: "Hooker Meets Lee" This will be a reenactor-only Tactical

    Saturday: 1:30 PM Jackson's Flank Attack

    Sunday Morning:...
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    Trappings of finery

    It is often surprising when we hear of late-war accounts people adhering to the pomp and circumstance of early-war practices.
    The soldiers did evolve in their experiences. However, the United States...
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