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    I've posted this before I think, but it's still...

    I've posted this before I think, but it's still the best goofy reenacting question I can recall.

    I was portraying an Andersonville prisoner, talking with a reenactor portraying a guard. He was...
  2. I'll cut-and-paste from a previous post on an...

    I'll cut-and-paste from a previous post on an unrelated thread. These questions all came from visitors at one event in one afternoon. I was portraying a wealthy Louisiana plantation owner, so was...
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    And yet, how many living historians (reenactors)...

    And yet, how many living historians (reenactors) believe and provide answers like bad teeth, long exposure times, etc.?

    I realize there's a natural human desire to search for explanations to...
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    It would be funny to listen to the theories...

    It would be funny to listen to the theories proposed one day about why people smiled in photographs way back in the 20th/21st centuries:

    --There was such an emphasis on teeth whitening and braces...
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    Indeed, the very question assumes that smiling is...

    Indeed, the very question assumes that smiling is normal and not-smiling must therefore be explained. But one can turn the question around, and apparently there's at least one theory that we smile in...
  6. I think Elaine has hit the nail on the head. If...

    I think Elaine has hit the nail on the head. If your buttons are coming off and your trousers are slipping below your belt, sounds like the waist isn't high enough and/or there's not enough slack in...
  7. I'm having trouble reconciling those two...

    I'm having trouble reconciling those two statements. If you already have several period pictures of men wearing the same kind of trousers you want to reproduce, why would you worry that they're...
  8. Belt loops were extremely rare. But why not just...

    Belt loops were extremely rare. But why not just do what most people did who wanted to wear a belt to avoid popping suspender buttons, and wear a belt without loops? I do it all the time for...
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    How does one get cornmeal into a sticky enough...

    How does one get cornmeal into a sticky enough dough to wrap around a ramrod and stay put, even regardless of the damage to the steel? I can't get it beyond the stickiness/grittiness of damp sand and...
  10. Thread: 1864 brbq??

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    Now that you mention it, I recall that Charles...

    Now that you mention it, I recall that Charles Heath snuck out a thermometer and checked occasionally. Probably a very good idea.

    Hank Trent
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  11. Thread: Camp Stove

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    Yep. Every chimney presumably had a stove or...

    Yep. Every chimney presumably had a stove or firebox below it, and that looks like a pretty typical makeshift brick firebox. What I was asking about was using a barrel as the stove or firebox, rather...
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    I agree. Charles Heath barbecued a hog for the...

    I agree. Charles Heath barbecued a hog for the first Westville, which was portraying a political barbecue, and as I recall, he started it in the evening and it was done by noon the next day. I don't...
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    Do you have more examples of the barrels...

    Do you have more examples of the barrels themselves used as the firebox, rather than the chimney? The drawing seems to show them as chimneys, which I've seen lots of examples of, but I'm trying to...
  14. Sometimes people think that things painted with...

    Sometimes people think that things painted with linseed oil randomly catch fire at unpredictable moments, but spontaneous combustion occurs only while the oil is still drying, and only if it's in a...
  15. I think you mean "Rosecrans," who designed it....

    I think you mean "Rosecrans," who designed it. Are you sure it was light enough to be pulled by one horse? The ambulance itself weighed 700-800 lbs., and if you add in just four or five people (it...
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    Do you mean the breed that predominated among...

    Do you mean the breed that predominated among those that weren't native cattle? Or do you mean there were more shorthorns than native cattle too?

    It sounds reasonable that the shorthorn would be...
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    Really the only true milkers in the period that...

    Really the only true milkers in the period that wouldn't provide much beef, would be Jerseys and Guernseys. I expect the government might buy them, but a herd of such would be so rare, they probably...
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    I was thinking the same thing. I wonder how he...

    I was thinking the same thing. I wonder how he figured Devons and Durhams and why no Herefords, for example? The army probably didn't care much if it could milk the cattle. This part actually sounds...
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    The Facebook page is visible to members only so I can't see if it says, but from the above note about overnight accommodations, I'm guessing that the immersion aspect is only during the time that...
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    Depends on the event. Reenacting is only visual...

    Depends on the event. Reenacting is only visual if that's all that other reenactors care about--and there are certainly many events structured that way. But as you noted, there are other aspects of...
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    Baking powder and baking soda is an unusual...

    Baking powder and baking soda is an unusual combination in a period recipe, as far as I know. Most recipes I've seen use one or the other, and of course in the above recipe, the buttermilk and soda...
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    One thing I haven't seen mentioned is that the...

    One thing I haven't seen mentioned is that the period white enamel coating was typically on the inside only of a cast-iron pan, not on the outside too. The outside was left plain cast iron. Here's a...
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    Those would most likely be soft winter wheats,...

    Those would most likely be soft winter wheats, like the Mediterranean kind I mentioned, which are used for cake flour today, and still grow in the same areas. From King Arthur's web page: "Soft...
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    Well that's good, because GM flour is really easy...

    Well that's good, because GM flour is really easy to avoid. :confused:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_wheat
    "As of 2013, no GM wheat is grown commercially,"

    "Jun 14, 2013,...
  25. I agree. By polishing/sanding the arbor, I've got...

    I agree. By polishing/sanding the arbor, I've got the gap down to just about the thickness of a piece of paper, so I'm almost there. Might try the sandpaper-on-a-dowel thing and work on the hole a...
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