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    I wonder if any descriptions of the cattle...

    I wonder if any descriptions of the cattle received have survived. While the Devon had existed in America since early Colonial times, according to the American Hereford Association, Herefords also...
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    To answer your original questions, from the...

    To answer your original questions, from the Regulations of 1861.

    1 - The term of enlistment was five years until January 1, 1861, when it was changed to three years. The minimum age for a first...
  3. Phil, We have the same issue (no pun intended)....

    Phil, We have the same issue (no pun intended). For a few years I filled the role of quartermaster/ordnance officer (as a private), and being a good Regular, I learned about the forms used to not...
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    Yep -- not only have I seen it done ... :mrgreen:

    Yep -- not only have I seen it done ... :mrgreen:
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    To expand practically a bit on the citation from...

    To expand practically a bit on the citation from the Regulations that Curt quoted -- when I wore stripes, my practice was to stitch the outside edges along the seams where the sleeve join the body of...
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    If you mean actual, verifiable written evidence,...

    If you mean actual, verifiable written evidence, no. However, as it's easy to research the difference in price between the epaulettes that everyone wore until the mid 1850s and the stamped brass...
  7. I wasn't questioning its validity -- What I meant...

    I wasn't questioning its validity -- What I meant to say was that I'm not sure I've ever seen anyone actually do it. :mrgreen:
  8. I'm not sure I've ever seen this -- upside-down...

    I'm not sure I've ever seen this -- upside-down present arms?
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    My great-great grandfather served in the 50th...

    My great-great grandfather served in the 50th Virginia Infantry and was captured at the Mule Shoe along with most of the rest of Johnson's brigade. He was never paroled, however, he was one of a...
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    Confederates captured on Snodgrass Hill at...

    Confederates captured on Snodgrass Hill at Chickamauga told members of the six companies of the 21st Ohio who were armed with Colt revolving rifles that day, "My God, we thought you had a division...
  11. And if you are able to salvage the canteen (or if...

    And if you are able to salvage the canteen (or if you have to buy a new one) you can slow the further formation of rust by emptying it as completely as possible after use, then hanging it upside down...
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    Yes - olive oil, also known then as "sweet oil"...

    Yes - olive oil, also known then as "sweet oil" was used by the boys of 61 for more than just cooking. ;-)
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    Oh no Mr. Bill -- I had my first swig of switchel...

    Oh no Mr. Bill -- I had my first swig of switchel from a Confederate artillery officer on Friday and it's too hardcore for me :mrgreen: Now shrub, on the other hand, I find quite tasty and...
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    I didn't see him at Gettysburg but I did get to...

    I didn't see him at Gettysburg but I did get to meet him for a few minutes at the filming of Gods and Generals years ago. As I recall he was quite approachable and gracious, and seemed like he'd be a...
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    Will it wiggle even a little bit? If so you can...

    Will it wiggle even a little bit? If so you can probably wiggle it off after applying some penetrating oil or WD-40 around the tumbler. If not you may be forced to pry it enough to get it loose, but...
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    As I made my way up the hill on the way back to...

    As I made my way up the hill on the way back to camp I passed an EMT crew placing a gentleman on a backboard, but this was well up the hill from the angle, at least two-thirds of the way to where the...
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    The rolling fight from Little Round Top to the...

    The rolling fight from Little Round Top to the Wheatfield to the Peach Orchard to Devil's Den on Saturday was just short of awesome - much like the original boys we could hear the fighting coming...
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    And that was one of only three or four events I...

    And that was one of only three or four events I have ever skipped due to the weather in 32 years. :mrgreen:
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    Thanks Ross - I couldn't remember the name CCI...

    Thanks Ross - I couldn't remember the name CCI and that may be why my search didn't turn up what I was looking for. They'll stay in the bottle on the shelf. Go ahead and close this thread.
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    Ugh. I'll leave them at home. Thanks.

    Ugh. I'll leave them at home. Thanks.
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    Six-wing copper percussion caps?

    I did a search and didn't turn up anything on these, and I have no experience with them, but somewhere along the way I picked up a quantity of them and I'm wondering about their suitability. I have...
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    I wish I'd thought of that! :mrgreen: My dog...

    I wish I'd thought of that! :mrgreen: My dog tent spends most of its time in my basement closet. If I decide to leave my A tent at home I don't use any.
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    And dang it but wouldn't you know it, the...

    And dang it but wouldn't you know it, the Ordnance Return for the Army of the Potomac for December 1862 has no entries for that unit. However, there's a partial return for their sister regiment the...
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    Yep. The corporal shouldn't be wearing a sword...

    Yep. The corporal shouldn't be wearing a sword belt plate (NCO belt as you call it) and the orderly sergeant should be. It's possible that that corporal was a first sergeant at one time who got...
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    WTS: Miscellaneous items

    I'm trying to get the following items out of my basement.

    1. Set of Federal infantry Sgt. Major chevrons. Never worn, and I'm not even sure how I came by them. Current retail price is $30. My...
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