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  1. 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...
  6. 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...
  8. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  20. Bugle calls

    I totally agree with John.
    Try to learn as many as you can. I started the hobby as a bugler and used to get frustrated when people didn't know the basic calls.
    Making up lyrics does help. However,...
  21. Pickett's Charge

    Marc,
    I have invited the SS to come participate with the 3rd USV for Pickett's Charge. We will be portraying the 14th CT, who was partially armed with Sharp's Rifles. Their left was anchored of the...
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    That's Great!

    It looks like you'll have the only division at the event.

    The First Division has four battalions.
    The Second Division is going to the other event. Maybe you'll get a battalion of pick ups.
    The...
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    Stonewall Jackson's Sword

    All,
    There's an old story that has circulated over the years about Jackson at Cedar Mountain. Rallying his troops, Jackson reached for his sword that he had not drawn from its scabbard for a long...
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    Irish Brigade for BGA Gettysburg

    The 3rd USV is preparing its portrayals for the BGA Gettysburg.
    Any individuals/units who wish to fall in for the event, or even one of the individual scenarios are welcome. We especially welcome...
  25. Thread: Fire Grates

    by reddiamond
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    Fire Grates

    All,
    Fire grates used at living history events have been a pet peeve of mine for years.

    The armies used a wide variety of methods and devices for cooking food over the camp fires. I've seen...
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