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    Cell phones have been a blight on this hobby for...

    Cell phones have been a blight on this hobby for far longer than the past couple of years. When we hosted The Advanced Guard event in 2003, we literally searched gear for cameras and phones at a...
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    This isn't related to the annual event. ...

    This isn't related to the annual event. Different organizers.
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    If you are just getting started, the last thing...

    If you are just getting started, the last thing you should buy is a tent. You can always find shelter with comrades in bad weather. In good weather, sleeping under the stars is one of the best...
  4. I wear a pair of repro frames from Historic...

    I wear a pair of repro frames from Historic Eyewear. Expensive, yes. I felt a little sticker shock. But! When I tell people they are repros, they are very surprised. And they are nice people to...
  5. Let me tell you why I don't do that anymore: I...

    Let me tell you why I don't do that anymore:

    I went to a tactical event and got little sleep either night. The drive home was only about 2 1/2 hours and I thought I could make it okay. I felt...
  6. I don't use the reservoir. I found the machine...

    I don't use the reservoir. I found the machine did not push enough air with it. I'll have to check on the hose cover, though.
  7. I also endorse cpap.com as your primary source. ...

    I also endorse cpap.com as your primary source. I've got a portable machine with batteries. I've found that with fully charged batteries, I can get two full nights of sleep off one battery. The...
  8. I used the word "Possible" because it was. ...

    I used the word "Possible" because it was. However, without some due diligence research, I can't say if tinned foods were common in the areas along the line of march in South and North Carolina.
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  9. Before choosing your imaginary fruits and...

    Before choosing your imaginary fruits and vegetables picked up along the road, make sure you research what may have been in season in that region at that time of year. Then consider that most areas...
  10. Thread: surrender

    by Mint Julep
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    Ben, I disagree completely. Presenting your...

    Ben,

    I disagree completely. Presenting your comments in an intelligent form is the best way to get an intelligent response.
  11. Not to degrade the information, but we don't have...

    Not to degrade the information, but we don't have any idea what a "unit" means. It could be one guy from a "unit". I'm an independent and when asked for a unit affiliation I use "Mother Hudson's...
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    I almost shouldn't tell this story, but ... when...

    I almost shouldn't tell this story, but ... when has that ever stopped me.

    Twenty two of us flew to the 135th Gettysburg. We flew in uniform. We met in the Nashville airport lobby and packed out...
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    Nice selection, Daniel. I looked for some...

    Nice selection, Daniel.

    I looked for some decent modern versions that would pass for my sutler tent last summer. Almost drove myself crazy. You can't get a quality pocketknife for cheap to...
  14. The living history scenarios are site specific...

    The living history scenarios are site specific and limited in scale. From what I can tell, only 5 or 6 guys at any one site portraying specific impressions. I believe locals have soaked up most of...
  15. Thread: Red River 3

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    Oh, and go Federal for this. They will have the...

    Oh, and go Federal for this. They will have the best time. I can't explain it and have no inside knowledge, but I just know in my bones.
  16. Thread: Red River 3

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    Been there, done that. Red River II in 1998. ...

    Been there, done that.

    Red River II in 1998. BEST. EVENT. EVER.

    I started reenacting in 1976 and, by 1998, I was jaded. I thought I had done it all, seen it all. Well, let me tell, that week...
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    The best units, hands down, have one thing in...

    The best units, hands down, have one thing in common: camaradrie. If the members don't gel together cohesively, it doesn't matter how you structure it or how well you drill, it won't last. You...
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    There are a lot of characters around here that...

    There are a lot of characters around here that aren't liked ...
  19. Thread: Camp Stove

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    http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-man...

    http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/NA011165/cook-at-a-military-camp

    I've seen a version of this in the field. Sheet steel welded together with vents and doors and stove pipe. ...
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    To bump Jim's post and also partake in some...

    To bump Jim's post and also partake in some self-promotion:

    My sutler tent is a functioning impression. The items I sell are documented as being available for sale by sutlers during the Civil...
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    If you were Federal, you wore your knapsack. If...

    If you were Federal, you wore your knapsack. If you were Confederate, you wore shame.

    IWMK@RR2,
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    The First (Orderly) Sergeant tells everyone what...

    The First (Orderly) Sergeant tells everyone what to do, sergeants down to privates. He runs the company. And, when well behaved, meek, polite officers ask nicely, he allows them to stand before the...
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    My dad was in Japan during the Korean War and...

    My dad was in Japan during the Korean War and still sometimes answers the phone with a Japanese expression. Those were formative years and exciting times for young men and I'm sure they were heavily...
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    Having carried cornbread on many occassions, I...

    Having carried cornbread on many occassions, I have to say the best way to carry it is in a poke bag. After a march, you will have nothing that resembles cornbread, but a bag full of flavored...
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    Weren't no secret about it. Those women were...

    Weren't no secret about it. Those women were standing there wailing away that we were taking all their food and we were just agreeing with them that we were indeed.
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