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  1. Thread: Drill

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    "But, it's hot. The men are tired. They...

    "But, it's hot.
    The men are tired.
    They need lunch.
    They need water.
    They already know this stuff.
    They'll be too worn out for this afternoon's battle.
    They're all at the sutlers....
  2. Thread: Drill

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    Disperse is in Hardee's School of the Battalion. ...

    Disperse is in Hardee's School of the Battalion. It's a great way to get a battalion out of trouble in a hurry, but equally important, reform the line quickly and efficiently. I've seen it done and...
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    You realize that troops did get issued new...

    You realize that troops did get issued new clothing. Having dirty clothes doesn't make you look like an experienced reenactor. It just means you're dirty.
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    There are books from the period which discuss how...

    There are books from the period which discuss how many grains for a .58 cartridge : http://books.google.com/books?id=xmw9kXUyOlcC&pg=PA51#v=onepage&q&f=false

    Alternatively, you could do something...
  5. Thread: Ants!

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    Poll: I still find some of that same batch around here....

    I still find some of that same batch around here. Best hominy ever.
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    Try a plate from this guy :...

    Try a plate from this guy : http://m.ebay.com/itm/300678623005?nav=SEARCH

    I've purchased a couple plates and been pleased with them. He has many fanciful designs which should be avoided. ...
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    You might find it here :...

    You might find it here : http://www.zipcon.net/~silas/links.htm#N_12_ Might find a few other things of interest on that links page. Or not.
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    That's what I use, but it's like two steps...

    That's what I use, but it's like two steps forward and one step back. Takes forever. When I do use a running stitch, I generally run it in and out of the fabric three times then perform a back...
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    The Knox County Public Library System has a copy...

    The Knox County Public Library System has a copy if you cannot purchase a copy.
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    It's not a marching command.

    It's not a marching command.
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    In addition to wearing them while wet, apply a...

    In addition to wearing them while wet, apply a pair of shoe trees for those times when not wearing the brogans. Trees are a big help.

    I've used Huberds for twenty years. Great stuff. A day or...
  12. Thread: ramrod cooking

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    I recall a diary account of an 11th Corps soldier...

    I recall a diary account of an 11th Corps soldier who rolled dough into a snake, wrapped it around his ramrod and baked it over a fire. At Chancellorsville. Stonewall Jackson thought it was such a...
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    My understanding after talking to an insider I...

    My understanding after talking to an insider I cannot name is that on one weekend there are competing events of Saylor's Creek, Breakthrough at Pamplin and mainstream Appomattox.

    The following...
  14. Thread: Appomattox 150th

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    There were several big name battles during the...

    There were several big name battles during the 150th cycle with competing alternate events. Appomattox is no exception. I am aware of plans occurring for Petersburg Breakthrough at Pamplin,...
  15. Thread: Period letter

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    These letters from company G ought to be a good...

    These letters from company G ought to be a good read when done in conjunction with the awesome company history about company B, the Pickens Planters, also of the 40th Alabama.

    This regiment was...
  16. How about music of the period on instruments of...

    How about music of the period on instruments of the period? Don't get me wrong. I like string bands and jug bands. This group sounds pretty tight, and five bucks is a steal for their recordings. ...
  17. Thread: Bayonet Uses

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    A period use I've seen : with two pairs of...

    A period use I've seen : with two pairs of bayonets as legs, you can make a solid base for a ramrod which can support a roasting chicken.

    A nonperiod use : handy bottle cap opener.
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    With a new season approaching, I suppose it is...

    With a new season approaching, I suppose it is about time for one of the annual threads about certain reenacting practices. A cursory search of threads using the words, enamelware or speckleware,...
  19. Not the Battle of Nashville

    No, Joe's right. You really don't want to attend this particular circus. I've seen the announcement on Happy Friends. If you didn't know the announcement legitimate, you'd swear it was was something...
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    Specifications for trousers and stripes can be...

    Specifications for trousers and stripes can be found in the regulations.
  21. The misidentified Petersburg photo

    That photo is frequently misidentified as being from Petersburg, 1864. It's actually Second Fredericksburg in 1863. I don't recall the exact location or unit, but it is after the Marye's Heights...
  22. Thread: Guard question

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    Wouldn't that be the commanding officer of the...

    Wouldn't that be the commanding officer of the guard? Up rides General Grant who is concerned about a perceived weakness at some location in his chain of pickets. Wouldn't he possess the authority...
  23. Are you asking about the stars oh being sewn on...

    Are you asking about the stars oh being sewn on one side and the flag on the opposite side being cut out to expose the stars?
  24. Thread: Provost Marshal

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    The badge of the provost guard is the bayonet...

    The badge of the provost guard is the bayonet fixed.
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    Do you men this from Regimental Quartermaster? ...

    Do you men this from Regimental Quartermaster? http://www.regtqm.com/Musket-Case-Tarred-Black-Canvas-Full-Length-p/gun-4.htm

    I'm sure it's as period as other items one can purchase from...
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