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    This is a complete threadjack, but that's the 2nd...

    This is a complete threadjack, but that's the 2nd time in as many weeks that I've run across that identical 3-man configuration for the shelter tent. Maybe somebody's trying to tell us something......
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    Find out how your unit feels about mailcalls,...

    Find out how your unit feels about mailcalls, too. Some like funny kinda goofy letters; others more authentic ones consistent with the first person impression of the members. If you write one type...
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    I have a frock that I cut the skirts off (to make...

    I have a frock that I cut the skirts off (to make a pair of leggings for my son, which is a curiously authentic Indian thing to do). The front ones you can just take off with a seamripper. The rear...
  4. The resolution in that photo is awesome. Yeah,...

    The resolution in that photo is awesome. Yeah, his uniform clearly is big, and not tight fitting at all. He almost makes that look appear comfortable, attractive and military.
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    @ Curt: What he really was thinking was "I wonder...

    @ Curt: What he really was thinking was "I wonder if someone ate that can of oysters I was going to have for lunch."
    @ PvtHooper: I believe the hat thing in photos is a way to pick yourself out in...
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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...
  7. 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...
  9. 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...
  23. 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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