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    With the lack of adequate land on which to hold...

    With the lack of adequate land on which to hold reenactments, we've sometimes been reduced to pounding away at each other at too close range, and that mindset/habit can run over into events where...
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    None of the period gear is water proof, just...

    None of the period gear is water proof, just different degrees of water resistant. My experience, from best to worst, is gum blanket, tarred/painted blanket, shelter half (assuming no water...
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    If you use steel wool, use 0000 (very fine)...

    If you use steel wool, use 0000 (very fine) grade.
    Using Balistol oil or olive oil helps some, but a bright barrel sneaks out of your tent at night and hunts for rust. Enfields do the same, but...
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    Later in the war, reports began to come in to the...

    Later in the war, reports began to come in to the Ordnance department complaining that the quality of the powder was decreasing, and so was range and accuracy. This led to a study which discovered...
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    Sixty-eight percent of the vote going to Lincoln,...

    Sixty-eight percent of the vote going to Lincoln, as opposed to the approximately 80% he received from soldiers in the real election.
    I am impressed that 566 men took the time to cast votes at the...
  6. Thread: Drill

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    "The Disperse" is a bugle command, as is "To The...

    "The Disperse" is a bugle command, as is "To The Color". As such, they would have a corresponding verbal command.

    Mr. Weaver, I would suspect that the quote is more a statement upon the chances...
  7. Thread: Drill

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    It's one thing to recite the manual(s). It is...

    It's one thing to recite the manual(s). It is quite another to perform the drill.
    The manuals teach things step by step, motion by motion, so that each step can be integrated into a smoothly...
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    When the war started, the standard powder load...

    When the war started, the standard powder load was 60 grains. Later in the war, reports began to come in that the efficiency of the rounds was decreasing. The response was to up the powder load to...
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    At least now we all know how to pronounce...

    At least now we all know how to pronounce Hen-RYE-co County.
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    Might ought to call the people in charge for that...

    Might ought to call the people in charge for that information. They can tell you better than we can here.
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    I'm reading the book "Slavery: Opposing Viewpoints" by Greenhaven Press.
    One of the entries is by Thomas R. Dew (1802-1846), a professor at the College of William and Mary, and later its president....
  12. A small cup that can be set snugly into the top...

    A small cup that can be set snugly into the top of the boiler is the answer to the greasy coffee (or tea) problem, and both can be used for storage early in the weekend.
    Pocket knife and spoon are...
  13. I've seen a lot more pictures of officers wearing...

    I've seen a lot more pictures of officers wearing kepis than I have enlisted men.
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    Done. Some of us can afford to cover a year's...

    Done.

    Some of us can afford to cover a year's worth all at once. Some can afford to do it a little at a time. Some can only afford to make an occasional or single small donation.
    Which ever...
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    Hank, I'm guessing you still haven't sold that...

    Hank, I'm guessing you still haven't sold that blanket coat you were making to a guard, either.
    I hope the wooden buttons are still providing good service. I still have the stick that they came...
  16. Got myself reamed out royally on this very...

    Got myself reamed out royally on this very subject when I first got into the hobby 11 years ago, on a different forum, having been told at my first event that cutting them off was fine....apparently,...
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    Rule #1: People are stupid. Rule #2: There's...

    Rule #1: People are stupid.
    Rule #2: There's nothing you can do about Rule #1.
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    Check the Scrivener's Mess webpage.

    Check the Scrivener's Mess webpage.
  19. So long as you are not putting the paper bullets...

    So long as you are not putting the paper bullets down the barrel, it shouldn't be a problem.
    I've used cotton balls for the "bullet" part of a more accurate looking cartridge. It stays in the...
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    Poor Boy style, 41.25 inches tip to tip. Two...

    Poor Boy style, 41.25 inches tip to tip. Two button holes at each end.
    I wear them crossed and stitched at the crossing point.
    I'm an old, chubby guy; 5'10" tall, 240 lbs.
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    Hopefully, you've already been informed to make...

    Hopefully, you've already been informed to make sure the barrel is very, very well cleaned out after live firing if you're going to also use it for reenacting purposes. There's always a chance that...
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    I've never seen a reference to it.

    I've never seen a reference to it.
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    Was that six feet behind, or six feet to the...

    Was that six feet behind, or six feet to the side, or where exactly, from the muzzle?
    Paper wadding around plastic baggie rounds. Some of that plastic could have been pretty darned hot coming out...
  24. The only possible instance I have seen of this...

    The only possible instance I have seen of this position being used while on the move is in a semi-well known print of men moving uphill on a roadway during the Mexican-American War.
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    Ross, can you direct me to the source that says...

    Ross, can you direct me to the source that says they were using a cotton haversack as the transfer pouch? I've not seen that information, and the article may have even more info that I'm not aware...
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