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    If you use slightly long stakes that raise the...

    If you use slightly long stakes that raise the sides of a buttoned-together shelter tent up off the ground about a foot or so, then sleep then sleep sideways, you should have all the room you're...
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    I briefly carried what turned out to be a target...

    I briefly carried what turned out to be a target rifle with original barrel and lock on a new stock for a while with a sharpshooter unit. Absolutely terrible gun for drilling. Yes, they can be had...
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    I don't think anyone makes a period target rifle...

    I don't think anyone makes a period target rifle anymore. Originals are available, but you're talking about a 150 year old gun, so shootability is questionable. I'd hold the line at Sharps.
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    I light scrubbing with steel wool is probably...

    I light scrubbing with steel wool is probably best. I keep a little piece in my field cleaning kit, just to touch up in the morning. A little ash from the fire (or even a cigar) mixed with a pinch of...
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    To answer my own question from a few posts back:...

    To answer my own question from a few posts back: The 39th Congress of the United States of America, elected in 1864 and taking office in March of 1865, saw the Republican Party solidify gains in...
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    Target rifles with scopes were used by the USSS....

    Target rifles with scopes were used by the USSS. They were often kept cased in baggage and brought forward when the circumstances merited. I would submit that for reenacting purposes, the infantry...
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    There is a poem in Frederick Denison's "Sabers...

    There is a poem in Frederick Denison's "Sabers and Spurs" (history of the 1st RI Cavalry), presumably by the author (who like most 19th century preachers was an amateur poet) in which "huzza" is...
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    I've never had any problems with orders I've made...

    I've never had any problems with orders I've made from C&C in the past, although I have to admit, it's been at least 5 years since I ordered anything from them. A friend of mine got antsy about an...
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    The Berdan uniform changed and simplified as the...

    The Berdan uniform changed and simplified as the war progressed, as did many specialist uniforms. By 1864, a Federal uniform with sky-blue trousers and a 4-button is correct, with the only remaining...
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    There's another verse to that song: it goes "Duh...

    There's another verse to that song: it goes "Duh da da da da da da da daaaaa - FOR LINCOLN AND LIBERTY TOO!" :) Great footage.
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    Those would be record breaking percentages for...

    Those would be record breaking percentages for most mid-term elections! :)
    OK - help me out: we all know how the presidential race went in 1864. What about Congress? The 1862 election was a bit of a...
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    Those Luminaries were awesome. I was surprised...

    Those Luminaries were awesome. I was surprised that they stayed lit through the whole activity. It was a pleasure to carry one of them for Old Abe.
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    That election was pivotal in US history. It puts...

    That election was pivotal in US history. It puts a lump in my throat when I think about the soldiers voting. They knew a vote for Lincoln was a vote to carry the war to its conclusion - a conclusion...
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    Lincoln Rally at Cedar Creek

    I just wanted to thank the guys publicly who put together the rally for Lincoln Saturday night at Cedar Creek. I can't remember when I had so much fun. It had the balance of historicity and...
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    Thanks for the visual, Curt. The others who have...

    Thanks for the visual, Curt. The others who have posted are right; the powders don't look alike at all. (I don't reload anything modern, and strange as it may seem, I've never taken a cartridge...
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    Knowing the beats of the the paces is extremely...

    Knowing the beats of the the paces is extremely valuable! Common time and quick time are a lot slower than commonly believed - and even the run is a lope, not a 100-yard-dash. For point of reference...
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    OK - so if you have (for some reason) a can of...

    OK - so if you have (for some reason) a can of powder of unknown provenance like that, how can you check it? Can you do a burn test of some sort?
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    I've missed my share of morning drills because,...

    I've missed my share of morning drills because, well, like everything in this hobby, it is voluntary, after all. However, the one thing a drill session can do is help a company identify individuals...
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    Classic British understatement. :) So, is it...

    Classic British understatement. :) So, is it drill or militia of which he has a dim view do you think?
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    I don't see any reason to beat up expensive gear...

    I don't see any reason to beat up expensive gear either. The operative word in your post is "relatively." You don't need to send your uniform to the dry cleaner after every event, or even once a...
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    I love to drill, too. It's the pagentry, the...

    I love to drill, too. It's the pagentry, the snapping flags, the rattle of muskets. Ahhhh....
    I have noticed that there's a "kiss of death" for any drill movement, though. The minute any commander...
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    I love to drill, too. It's the pagentry, the...

    I love to drill, too. It's the pagentry, the snapping flags, the rattle of muskets. Ahhhh....
    I have noticed that there's a "kiss of death" for any drill movement, though. The minute any commander...
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    Well, sometimes leading is fun, and sometimes it...

    Well, sometimes leading is fun, and sometimes it isn't. Sometimes everyone else has fun because the leader isn't. This sounds like one of those times. Really, this is just an extreme version of the...
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    That's true. Where I was going was that the...

    That's true. Where I was going was that the temptation to cobble something together is powerful.
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    I will testify, in public, that unfortunately my...

    I will testify, in public, that unfortunately my wife started reenacting with me when I was still in my "hardcore" phase. We slept in a tent with one blanket on a night in which the water froze in my...
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