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    He's wearing his vest the same way in each...

    He's wearing his vest the same way in each picture, but no longer has the cap cover in the redoubt photo. I would suggest that he took the cover off rather than on, which makes the redoubt picture...
  2. I can't really picture that is comfortable,...

    I can't really picture that is comfortable, unless your trousers are very big. I think that would be more comfortable if the weather is cool, also. I thought it was interesting that the redoubt...
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    Curt: The seated figure in the redoubt photo with...

    Curt: The seated figure in the redoubt photo with the oversized fatigue coat looks a lot like the farthest left seated figure in the signal photo you posted. Are they the same man, or are they just...
  4. Curt: This is an awesome post. I've owned a...

    Curt: This is an awesome post. I've owned a brass-framed Remington for years. Put a couple dozen live rounds down it and maybe a couple hundred blanks. It still looks and acts just fine. It's not my...
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    It can't be original; every original...

    It can't be original; every original fortification I've ever seen is grass covered and 3 feet tall. :)
    Seriously, who are these guys? Infantry or heavies? Two of the soldiers seated on the parapet...
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    See - we're helping your impression and saving...

    See - we're helping your impression and saving you money already! That's part of the kind of mentoring new reenactors need.
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    I wouldn't use a power drill, but if you have one...

    I wouldn't use a power drill, but if you have one of those little hand drills for fine work, and can be patient, you can run it through the spark channel repeatedly. I've used a similar tool when...
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    Remember that it's winter in Georgia, which is...

    Remember that it's winter in Georgia, which is like most of summer where I hail from. I'm not a cattleman, and it's been a long time since I pretended to be a cowboy, but I think you could keep a...
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    So were they buying up old milkers and not just...

    So were they buying up old milkers and not just beef cattle? What an opportunity to get old Bessie off the farm while she can still walk, and get the government to pay for it, too. And if she never...
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    Well, they're easier to move than buffalo. I...

    Well, they're easier to move than buffalo. I think they'll move pretty quickly if you use that motivator that clips on the muzzle of the musket. Of course controlling that movement is another story...
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    I'll bet they were proud of their service that...

    I'll bet they were proud of their service that day and didn't mind missing the main event one bit, either!
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    I like that "tailgaters" label (as much as I...

    I like that "tailgaters" label (as much as I dilike labels). It implies being something in-between: not quite historical while doing it, and not quite modern when not. We just learned something...
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    Sent you a PM. For some reason, I couldn't find...

    Sent you a PM. For some reason, I couldn't find your email.
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    A little late to the party, but "Welcome to the...

    A little late to the party, but "Welcome to the hobby!" I started reenacting when I was 14, so I get where you're coming from. Things haven't changed that much since the Carter Administration, have...
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    I agree. There's a short story, or novel waiting...

    I agree. There's a short story, or novel waiting to be written about the beef raid. Central Florida was a major beef producer right up to the turn of the 20th century. IIRC, Missouri produced a lot...
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    Yes. It was easier and cheaper to bring meat...

    Yes. It was easier and cheaper to bring meat along on the hoof than to transport preserved meat rations, so large herds were driven to all major armies. In fact, there was a cattle raid by...
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    Really it depends on what you want to do with...

    Really it depends on what you want to do with them. I had a good quantity of leather, and my Dad taught me leather working when I was a kid. I made some 18th century leather gear last season. It...
  18. Time to bring a thread back from the dead! Here...

    Time to bring a thread back from the dead! Here is Rice Bull's account of fitting 8 days rations into his pack, preparing for the Chancellorsville Campaign: "During the day, there were issued to each...
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    I have a little parlor guitar that I take...

    I have a little parlor guitar that I take reenacting that was built by Don Gardner, www.gardnersdulcimers.com . I bought it at 150th Manassas a couple years ago. I paid somewhere between $300-$350...
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    "The Confederate Sketchbook" has leather...

    "The Confederate Sketchbook" has leather equipment patterns. I've never made anything from it, although it's on my shelf somewhere. I can't vouch for any of the patterns in terms of historicity or...
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    Well, that makes sense. I still think it would...

    Well, that makes sense. I still think it would give a better historical appearance and enhance your command and control if your specialists wore corporal's stripes. If you have a company of new...
  22. What a deal! I got two so the company coulduse...

    What a deal! I got two so the company coulduse one as a loaner.
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    Sobering to think that their "old men" were...

    Sobering to think that their "old men" were younger than many of us are, isn't it? And a man who made it to 45 was already old...
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    Or do you have a QM SGT and and ORD SGT with...

    Or do you have a QM SGT and and ORD SGT with stuff on their sleeves and they're trying to figure out where they'd line up in ranks?
    I had a lightbulb moment many years ago when maneuvering badly...
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    You know, I overstated my own position. A couple...

    You know, I overstated my own position. A couple people have pointed out that it depends on the event how much a backstory matters. It also depends on what you do with your backstory. In one of the...
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