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    There was a movement to create "Thanksgiving...

    There was a movement to create "Thanksgiving carols" in the 1850s, to help to create a distinctive American holiday. "Jingle Bells" is the only survivor of that movement. As somebody mentioned, most...
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    Heavy artillery manned the big guns in permanent...

    Heavy artillery manned the big guns in permanent fortifications: the 30-lbers, 100-lbers, etc. They were not mounted but rather trained as infantry. So, they formed the garrison of permanent forts....
  3. LOL - can't you just hear the transmission...

    LOL - can't you just hear the transmission history going something like this: "I bought this hat from the same place President Lincoln does." Within 20 years it becomes "This was President Lincoln's...
  4. We have very high standards for authenticity now,...

    We have very high standards for authenticity now, and highly sophisticated means of authentication. Much better, obviously than at any time in the last 150 years when subsequent owners acquired that...
  5. That's an excellent point! When you build a...

    That's an excellent point! When you build a little fire right in front of the tent, you can heat a tent pretty effectively. But as you've said, the places that will let you do it are few and far...
  6. Text can't show emotion or convey tone, so I...

    Text can't show emotion or convey tone, so I can't really tell if your sincere or sarcastic here. It is a hobby. That's the crucial different between everything we do and everything they did. They...
  7. Nah, primitive camping doesn't stink most of the...

    Nah, primitive camping doesn't stink most of the time and "comfortable" is a subjective term. Let's not set up the straw man who never experiences cold or foul weather but checks into the nearest...
  8. Mrs. L: The second is what I had in mind....

    Mrs. L: The second is what I had in mind. "matchcoat." It wouldn't have been called that by Americans in the mid-19th century, by and large, anyway. Thanks for looking that up.
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    Just make sure the guys around you want somebody...

    Just make sure the guys around you want somebody cooking for them. If they're all into individual messing, your effort will go to waste.
  10. Draping a blanket around your shoulders, pulling...

    Draping a blanket around your shoulders, pulling it in front of you and belting it at the waist was called "Indian fashion" in the 18th century, and I think was called a "watch coat" in Scotland....
  11. It always helps me to remember that sometimes...

    It always helps me to remember that sometimes even the originals were too cold to sleep. Rice Bull talks about nights during the march through Georgia when it was cold and they didn't have any...
  12. I would get a greatcoat. Think of it as a...

    I would get a greatcoat. Think of it as a sleeping bag with arms. For cool weather events, I'd carry 2 blankets, especially if I don't have to march around with them. I wear a balaclava at night, or...
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    Aargh! I had one of those and sold it about 10...

    Aargh! I had one of those and sold it about 10 years ago. Best shooting musket I ever owned, without exception. You described my musket to a tee, including the mis-fitting buttplate. It doesn't have...
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    Mike: How do you read that "No smoking in the...

    Mike: How do you read that "No smoking in the ranks?" I hear it in a joking or sarcastic tone. Doggonit, print just doesn't convey emotion sometimes. If that's the case, what do you make of it?
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    So really, if non-smoking in ranks is the desired...

    So really, if non-smoking in ranks is the desired outcome, talk to your commanding officer. See if he'll issue an order to that effect. You can even push it up to a battalion-wide command, but that...
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    Obviously neither of us intended or advised...

    Obviously neither of us intended or advised destruction of property. Such an action would absolutely warrant the actions you indicate, up to and including prosecution under the law.
    There was a...
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    If you throw a handful of gravel in the air it...

    If you throw a handful of gravel in the air it messes with a bat's radar and they crash. Now I'm not sayin'... ;)
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    No. Leave it alone. Arms were bright. Warren knew...

    No. Leave it alone. Arms were bright. Warren knew there were Confederates opposite LRT at Gettysburg because he saw the gleam of bayonets in the woods. They didn't soak bayonets in vinegar or battery...
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    That's a cool perspective to see a reenactment...

    That's a cool perspective to see a reenactment from. Who knew our ranks were that straight and orderly when we line up! Still, I only watched 1:47 until I decided that this viewpoint isn't for me. It...
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    The only 2 125th events I did were Gettysburg and...

    The only 2 125th events I did were Gettysburg and Wilderness/Spotsylvania. They were just as awesome as my comrades in arms remember them to be! I remember needing 2 hours to get on the field simply...
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    The period painting "Reveille on a Winter...

    The period painting "Reveille on a Winter Morning" shows two gentlemen lighting up on the far left of the painting. I would assume that they intend to smoke what they've lit so either a) they think...
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    Depends on which ranks you mean, too. At the...

    Depends on which ranks you mean, too. At the route step marching from point A to B? Lying on arms while uncommitted in battle? Sunday dress parade? In addition to the commonsense reasons above, add...
  23. I'm guessing that they're probably from plates...

    I'm guessing that they're probably from plates set under flowerpots. Those tables are perfect for setting under a windowsill.
  24. I have 2 of these - does it have a yardstick...

    I have 2 of these - does it have a yardstick printed along one edge? The size and leg details are identical to one that I have that has a yardstick.
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    It was my pleasure to reenact with George...

    It was my pleasure to reenact with George Woodbridge back in the 70s and early 80s. I intentionally sought him out once to ask him about that Berdan painting. His response was very much like ours:...
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