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  1. was there a market for trading slaves back and...

    was there a market for trading slaves back and forth between dealers, kind of like used car dealers trade vehicles between dealers? (It sounds terribly wrong to speak this way, but we are talking...
  2. In the long run, pocket knife. You can always...

    In the long run, pocket knife. You can always borrow one, and they're cheaper to replace. But I'd miss the pocket knife more at the time I lost it because I use a knife more often than a gum blanket,...
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    I thought about it for awhile, and then I...

    I thought about it for awhile, and then I realized that the last two posts definitely belong in this thread.
  4. Yep. Been there; done that. I would also counsel...

    Yep. Been there; done that. I would also counsel you to eat that cooked meat pretty quickly too. I gave myself an all-too-authentic case of the Virginia Quickstep once from eating meat that I'd...
  5. No fair! You quoted yourself! :) Yes. Yes you...

    No fair! You quoted yourself! :) Yes. Yes you could. But then you have coffee that tastes like greasy boiled things and you can't have a hot cup of coffee with your dinner. It's going to take you...
  6. I have several sheet iron fry pans in my...

    I have several sheet iron fry pans in my collection. Depending on where you live, an antique from an antique store may well cost you less than a reproduction. I know I bought one of mine for $4, and...
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    Isn't "The Illustrated Man" Ray Bradbury? "The...

    Isn't "The Illustrated Man" Ray Bradbury?
    "The Red Badge of Courage" is an even better read after a reenacting season. Crane was in much the same situation we find ourselves: spinning a story out of...
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    I gotta qualify my choices: Favorite kid's book?...

    I gotta qualify my choices: Favorite kid's book? "We Were There at the Battle of Gettysburg" by Alida Sims Malkis. I probably read it 40 times when I was a child, and poured over the drawings. I...
  9. I wouldn't recommend a stainless steel canteen,...

    I wouldn't recommend a stainless steel canteen, or eating utensils, for the simple reason that the material it's made from just didn't exist. Rusting and denting are at least period problems. If you...
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    I wouldn't recommend a stainless steel canteen,...

    I wouldn't recommend a stainless steel canteen, or eating utensils, for the simple reason that the material it's made from just didn't exist. Rusting and denting are at least period problems. If you...
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    "Let me give them just one more shot." Bruce...

    "Let me give them just one more shot." Bruce Catton's darn near poetic description of the battlfield at the end of "Glory Road" contains this eulogy for Cushing: "...there was the rolling ground...
  12. That's an interesting strategy. In our...

    That's an interesting strategy. In our hyper-connected culture, the best way to network is face-to-face, which is how we had to do it 25 years ago. Nulla nova sub sola.
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    If it is indeed the artist carrying it, it may be...

    If it is indeed the artist carrying it, it may be a purpose built artist's cabinet that happens to have straps on it so you can carry it.
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    Not only is cotton difficult to spin, the way the...

    Not only is cotton difficult to spin, the way the fibers break off is actually dangerous to breathe. Recognizing that this sort of clothing is not PEC, is it still an under-represented side of our...
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    Hey: A really good photo of an original jacket...

    Hey: A really good photo of an original jacket got cited a page ago. Can anybody comment on it? When the accompanying description says "Cotton material" does that mean a blend?
  16. In my highly unscientific look through "Billy...

    In my highly unscientific look through "Billy Yank: The Uniform of the Union Army, 1861-1865" (Michael J. McAfee, John P. Langellier) it seems that the split between forage caps and kepis is about...
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    The original period resource is Bruce & Emmett's...

    The original period resource is Bruce & Emmett's "The Drummer's and Fifer's Guide." You can learn to play the drum from this resource, if you read the text and do the exercises. This is how I learned...
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    Beans: white beans, "army beans," which we now...

    Beans: white beans, "army beans," which we now call "navy beans." I guess they got a better reenlistment deal. At the beginning of the war the issue was 1.6 oz per man per ration, by the end 2.4....
  19. This is the best single statement of both the...

    This is the best single statement of both the capabilities and limitations of living history that I have ever read. Thank you!
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    My primary impression is 7th Wisconsin. Iron...

    My primary impression is 7th Wisconsin. Iron Brigade is an easy impression to put together, and as specialty impressions go, pretty portable - you can fall in with any other Federal infantry and not...
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    I just can't say enough good things about that...

    I just can't say enough good things about that little guitar. It sits on a stand in the house, and is my go-to guitar when I just want to play for a few minutes. Every time, I end up thinking "Man, I...
  22. Thanks Craig. Strange things happen. My dog, as a...

    Thanks Craig. Strange things happen. My dog, as a puppy, carried away the little screw that holds the nosecap on the end of the stock. I couldn't find it anywhere, and had to cut another one down...
  23. I always lay out a white piece of cloth and put...

    I always lay out a white piece of cloth and put all the little parts that I've taken off on it while I'm cleaning. That would be the cleanout screw and the nipple, both on my Springfield and my...
  24. I tend to hang out at the high-end of mainstream...

    I tend to hang out at the high-end of mainstream style, so I'm fairly picky about my kit. I'm trying to think of things where period method or material don't matter very much - or things I'm willing...
  25. Too clean. Reenacting is way too clean all the...

    Too clean. Reenacting is way too clean all the way around. Our gear and clothing is clean; the places we camp are clean. When was the last time you saw a gut pile outside camp from the steer that was...
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