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    Find someone with a loaner box of older, used...

    Find someone with a loaner box of older, used gear and use that. If it gets "damaged", the loss is less.
  2. A "proper" Color Guard would have nine men, but...

    A "proper" Color Guard would have nine men, but the realities of the moment might dictate a smaller number. There are references to larger ones, too.
    It could have two Color Sergeants, each bearing...
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    A very good quote for our hobby.

    "I knew from experience that it was more difficult to command two generals desiring to be leaders, than it was to command one army, officered intelligently, and with subordination."
    U.S. Grant
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    I would assume that you wish to make an Army of...

    I would assume that you wish to make an Army of Northern Virginia battle flag, as there were many others used for the same purpose. For example, if you served in General Hardee's corps, your battle...
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    As with any question of this kind, if you ask...

    As with any question of this kind, if you ask twenty people, you'll get 27 answers, all somewhat different. :)

    Here's my take (obviously, other's mileage will vary):
    There are fewer of us now...
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    The Heavies would also be used for siege, such as...

    The Heavies would also be used for siege, such as for the reduction of Fort Sumter over the latter half of the war.
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    For Federals in the latter part of the war, the...

    For Federals in the latter part of the war, the enlisted men got to build pavilions for the officers to have gala parties at. Sergeants got to serve as waiters. There seems to have been quite some...
  8. For Federal with a knapsack to carry more things,...

    For Federal with a knapsack to carry more things, go with an overshirt, spare socks, wool sleeping cap. The wool socks can be used as gloves overnight, or wear a clean pair under that day's used...
  9. No prices given, just links to dealers.

    No prices given, just links to dealers.
  10. Thread: Hunting

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    Private correspondence and memoirs of...

    Private correspondence and memoirs of Confederates speak of capturing robins for robin pie. I've seen Federals report that they shot "bear", only to "discover" it was a pig (all of which roamed...
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    Use it to dig Federal trenches at Bentonville...

    Use it to dig Federal trenches at Bentonville this coming March. Not only does that sandy soil shine dull plates and cups, it also dulls shiny new things, including some fresh fish privates.
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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...
  14. Thread: rust

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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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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....
  23. 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...
  24. 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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