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  1. Civil War reenacting has ridden the demographic...

    Civil War reenacting has ridden the demographic wave of the baby boom pretty much since it became a thing during the centennial. That problem will solve itself and soon it will be a much smaller and...
  2. FWIW, the AoP's board on knapsack weight...

    FWIW, the AoP's board on knapsack weight recommended carrying either the greatcoat or the blanket, but not both, and putting any change of underclothes in the square portion next to the back to...
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    The owner has been found, and this thread can be...

    The owner has been found, and this thread can be pulled. Thanks!
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    Another lefty here to second what everyone else...

    Another lefty here to second what everyone else has said. When I first learned to shoot around the age of nine I could only manage left-handed. For some reason though, when it came to reenacting I...
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    Anomalies in the Tactics

    Last week while going through the USCT Infantry Tactics again, I noticed that the Instruction for Skirmishers mentions the placement of second and *third* lieutenants. I checked and found out that...
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    Cross Keys Lost and Found

    [Mods, please move if there's a more appropriate location -- thanks for your patience...]

    FOUND AT CROSS KEYS: a small personal item of religious significance was delivered to the federal...
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    I have one, too, and can't recommend it highly...

    I have one, too, and can't recommend it highly enough. I found it invaluable in preparing for battalion command and very helpful in gaining an overall perspective on Casey's. It's well worth the...
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    Bull-Run-at-Cedar-Creek will probably not be as...

    Bull-Run-at-Cedar-Creek will probably not be as hot as the 150th Bull-Run-Actually-Next-Door-to-Bull-Run, but I can't imagine anyone traveling very far for it. But I've been wrong before. Last...
  9. Good points, Rob. Often when people complain...

    Good points, Rob. Often when people complain about today's "political correctness" they're referring to what is in effect simply a modern response to the Jim Crow "political correctness" of a...
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    Thank you!!!

    Thank you!!!
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    I have a friend who says we should aim low...

    I have a friend who says we should aim low instead of elevating because elevating just sends the burning and unburnt powder farther. I think he's correct, but failing to elevate would be seen as a...
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    I think that the reason Europeans fix bayonets...

    I think that the reason Europeans fix bayonets and use rammers is that they all have health care and are thus less litigious. That, and they don't have 5,000 people at many events. But beyond that,...
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    Here's a link to a national umbrella...

    Here's a link to a national umbrella organization, the USCT Living History Association. They do a number of things, but also publish a national directory of known USCT reenacting organizations: ...
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    There's a lot to disagree with on both sides of...

    There's a lot to disagree with on both sides of that rally. For example, one of the counter-demonstrators said of the CBF that it had been "co-opted by white supremacist groups..." Utterly untrue. ...
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    I think we can take Frederick Douglass's opinion...

    I think we can take Frederick Douglass's opinion as fairly authoritative on the matter. :)

    There's a nice chronology here of actions taken by the federal government in respect to fugitive slaves:...
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    A similar set up is described in R. B. Irwin's...

    A similar set up is described in R. B. Irwin's wartime novel "Seeking the Bubble" -- without, alas, the fly-breezeway:

    "'Is this the adjutant's office?' I asked of a slouchy sentinel got up in a...
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    Farby Front Porch Flies

    From Oliver Wilcox Norton's "Army Letters":

    Jacksonville, FL, Sunday, April 10, 1864 -- "...We have one wall tent for the officers of each company. We have the fly of ours stretched in front of...
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    Minor quibble, but officers were always allowed...

    Minor quibble, but officers were always allowed to buy from the QM (per para. 1166) and in the US army always had to pay. In the rebel ranks the same obtained until 1864, when the value of rebel...
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    I could see that. And I could see how the danger...

    I could see that. And I could see how the danger failed to occur to Hardee or Casey and was only avoided once a few drum majors rose to field and staff. :)
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    Unless the officer is on parade, I don't have any...

    Unless the officer is on parade, I don't have any problem with the practice as I've often found occasion for doing so myself, for the same reasons that I think motivated the gentlemen in the photos...
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    Well, I've said everything I have to say on the...

    Well, I've said everything I have to say on the original question. If no one has anything to add -- e.g., any example of a period use of the term -- then it's probably past time to lock the thread.
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    The irony, of course, is that if someone had...

    The irony, of course, is that if someone had logged on here and suggested that Blockade Runner was an excellent source for authentic uniforms, we'd have a swarm of posters crawling all over them. ...
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    The implication that soldiers from free states...

    The implication that soldiers from free states were as enthusiastic as those from slave states in the War With Mexico is debatable. Apart from the professional officer corps 42% of the men in the...
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    The question of whether the union or individual...

    The question of whether the union or individual states were superior was provisionally established in 1788 and definitely by 1865. But that's not the question here. The question is whether "States...
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    I think it's a well thought out observation, but...

    I think it's a well thought out observation, but I still have qualms and think you would agree that the justification is kind of tenuous.

    1. As far as how widely "States Rights Forces" was used,...
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