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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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    From what I saw yesterday there was a pretty good...

    From what I saw yesterday there was a pretty good turnout at Cedar Creek. Perhaps 500 Federal and twice as many CS. Including civilians and those who didn't take the field you'd easily get two or...
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    Maybe that's when the whole Confederate army...

    Maybe that's when the whole Confederate army secretly renamed itself for him.
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    You're right, of course. I've always enjoyed it...

    You're right, of course. I've always enjoyed it as a kind of annual homecoming. Good wool wearing weather in which to hang out with friends. It's been years since the battles have meant much to me.
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    Which? The quote I cited (which is sort of the...

    Which? The quote I cited (which is sort of the point), the "abolitionist army," or the reference in the prospectus for the event (in which I'd agree with you)?
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    The Federal layout indicates the presence of the...

    The Federal layout indicates the presence of the USV, FVB, and Birney's. No mention of the Mifflin Guard, National Regiment, or Vincent's. Might be a little light this year. I plan to do a one-day...
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    Being of a curious disposition, I did a quick...

    Being of a curious disposition, I did a quick search on Google Books for "states rights forces" and then sorted the results by date. The earlier mention I found came in Western New England, Vol. 3,...
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    You're absolutely correct -- it's an ahistorical...

    You're absolutely correct -- it's an ahistorical imposition of contemporary politics on the past. Anyone who spouts that nonsense is immediately suspect as a historian, and we all owe you a debt for...
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    Indeed, buying from him online can be an extended...

    Indeed, buying from him online can be an extended adventure. I have several items from Mr. Daley -- the core of my impression, really -- and it's all great stuff. But some of it seemed to take...
  20. Now you're just being mean -- it's in Gilderoy's,...

    Now you're just being mean -- it's in Gilderoy's, right after "Load and Hold" and "Hurry Up and Load!" :)
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    Woodward's Hospital Steward's Manual is a good...

    Woodward's Hospital Steward's Manual is a good place to start and a good reference to invest in: ...
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    The article in "The Hill" noted "Rep. Jared...

    The article in "The Hill" noted "Rep. Jared Huffman's (D-Calif.) amendment to the 2016 Interior Department spending bill seeks to end a policy that allows a temporary display of the flag in...
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    Based on the last two posts, it would appear that...

    Based on the last two posts, it would appear that Confederate flags were unwelcome at a living history at the Seminary in Gettysburg and a 4th of July parade in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. So I guess...
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    And Section 2 (d) allows for a waiver from the...

    And Section 2 (d) allows for a waiver from the historical commission, which gives Memphis some options on N. B. Forrest.
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    Great post, Bill. There are a lot of great...

    Great post, Bill. There are a lot of great southern heritages, many of which have nothing to do with that flag, or which existed in direct opposition to it. And there are a lot of things still done...
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