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  1. Mentioning that the incident occurred at Pleasant...

    Mentioning that the incident occurred at Pleasant Hill says a lot -- to me, anyways... And as a resident of North Little Rock, there's only one shop that sometimes sells or works on those weapons...
  2. Second that, and would also strongly recommend...

    Second that, and would also strongly recommend Warren Grabau's Ninety-Eight Days.

    Longstreet's boys made their reputation against McClellan's pets in the Army of the Potomac. Things were a little...
  3. Hanover Brass was the "go-to" source when I...

    Hanover Brass was the "go-to" source when I needed to replace one of the hooks on my knapsack a few years ago.
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    Guard duty, son, is guard duty. Don't matter if...

    Guard duty, son, is guard duty. Don't matter if you're guarding the crown jewels or a couple of painted rocks, the principles and techniques are all the same. Check the regulations of the...
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    Rob: There are two wholly separate sets of...

    Rob:

    There are two wholly separate sets of books for the Si Klegg story. The first, Corporal Si Klegg and His Pard, by Wilbur Hinman, is a single volume which takes Si from his encounter with The...
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    Try Augusta (home of the Powder Works and...

    Try Augusta (home of the Powder Works and Magnolia Cemetery), if you can swinng by there, as well just down the road a ways in Crawfordsville.

    Crawfordsville was the home of Vice President...
  7. Could also be time to visit the sutler and...

    Could also be time to visit the sutler and procure a replacement set of boards. They did that back then, y'know, since the old boys had very limited access to Sharpies.
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    Porter Alexander discusses this issue in Fighting...

    Porter Alexander discusses this issue in Fighting for the Confederacy. Initially the Confederate Army mirrored the U.S. regulations by requiring officers to provide and purchase their own rations. ...
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    Some good references on this topic include not...

    Some good references on this topic include not only Longstreet's memoirs as cited above, but also Porter Alexander's Fighting for the Confederacy, as well as a more scholarly study of the antebellum...
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    Mike: Do some research. Look at as many...

    Mike:

    Do some research. Look at as many contemporary images as you can find of officers from the regiment (or state) that you intend to portray, and look for trends and commonalities. For...
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    Charlie Childs from County Cloth makes probably...

    Charlie Childs from County Cloth makes probably the best reproduction of the gray Army issue blanket.

    The Wisconsin Veterans Museum made several different reproduction blankets in the late 90s...
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    While it was common for officers, virtually NO...

    While it was common for officers, virtually NO enlisted soldiers of the U.S. Army quit and went south during secession and the opening of the Civil War.

    An officer holds a commission appointing...
  13. We had a pretty good time for the first day and a...

    We had a pretty good time for the first day and a half or so at 145th Shiloh a year or two ago, but that's because we ran off in the woods the first thing Friday morning and played by ourselves......
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    Don't forget Warren Grabau's Ninety-Eight Days. ...

    Don't forget Warren Grabau's Ninety-Eight Days. Sorely underappreciated.
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    John: "Community First Aid" is the one you...

    John:

    "Community First Aid" is the one you want. Takes pert near all day of a Saturday. Down here in Little Rock they charge $65 for it, but it's been money well, well spent.

    One nice thing...
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    WRONG!!! The first thing to check is that 1)...

    WRONG!!!

    The first thing to check is that 1) the person has a clear Airway, and that they are Breathing. A person who isn't breathing will die of oxygen deprivation first. Once you've got that...
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    Once somebody gets their eye put out, or...

    Once somebody gets their eye put out, or otherwise hurt, the Civil War game is OVER and it's time to get him or her to proper emergency care.

    Go to your local Red Cross chapter and enroll in their...
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    While it hasn't been mentioned yet, one of the...

    While it hasn't been mentioned yet, one of the essential skills for military drumming is learning the rudiments (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudiment)... Nearly all the camp calls and cadences stem...
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    You do know that "Ol' Slow Trot" Thomas did...

    You do know that "Ol' Slow Trot" Thomas did survive the War?

    Tom
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    I thought the book sucked so badly that I've...

    I thought the book sucked so badly that I've never even considered watching the movie, no matter how badly Hollywood treated the story.

    Tom
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    The Quartermaster Shop has differing levels of...

    The Quartermaster Shop has differing levels of quality... with the average being somewhat low. For example, the costume-quality mainstream uniforms sold by Fall Creek are Quartermaster Shop...
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    All minies are not created equal. If you only...

    All minies are not created equal. If you only want something for display, then you can be a whole lot less picky; but if you intend to shoot and try to hit something with any degree of accuracy, you...
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    Issued as part of the "stand of arms" for the...

    Issued as part of the "stand of arms" for the weapon:

    -- "wiper" or "gag", used as the cleaning jag;
    -- ball puller, used to pull a stuck ball or "unload" the weapon when circumstances prevent...
  24. A number of officers in the fledgling Confederate...

    A number of officers in the fledgling Confederate Army and State Troops clung to their pre-War Army blue, at least until uniform regulations were issued and the shift began to Confederate gray. ...
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    For specific time periods and impressions, the...

    For specific time periods and impressions, the use of the (short) rifles is wholly appropriate. For example with the M1841, the numbers and period accounts indicate that they were indeed in common...
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