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    When a mentor talks to a a newbie, they tend to...

    When a mentor talks to a a newbie, they tend to give black/white "Rules" rather than the "Spectrum of Common". They say "this was not done" instead of "this is inappropriate for who *you* are...
  2. If you can find a wool satin or silk satin, that...

    If you can find a wool satin or silk satin, that would make a lovely vest. His frock coat is most likely wool broadcloth. Search for the lightest broadcloth you can find at places like William Booth,...
  3. A paletot is a tailor's term for a category of...

    A paletot is a tailor's term for a category of coat types, distinguished by a front body cut in one piece. (The other category of coat is a "frock coat" that has the front piece and skirt pieces...
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    Probably not *quite* what you're looking for, but...

    Probably not *quite* what you're looking for, but here are a few recipes I've come across... all documented to 1860 or before:

    http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/cookbooks/html/browse_date.html
    ...
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    http://www.cwreenactors.com/forum/showthread.php?2...

    http://www.cwreenactors.com/forum/showthread.php?29405-Brain-Freeze&highlight=night+cap
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    http://digitalvaults.org/#/detail/10539/ ...

    http://digitalvaults.org/#/detail/10539/

    Here's a letter from the National Archives on poppy growing.
    Click on the tag for "Civil War" or "Confederacy" for more documents from the National...
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    There are many kinds of re-enactors and each have...

    There are many kinds of re-enactors and each have different needs.
    What is the "draw" of your facility? (original land, original house in good order, original barn or outbuildings in good order,...
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    There have been no injuries or deaths reported. Good news, that.
    The damaged buildings seem to be along Potomac Street.
    The NPS Buildings have not been affected.

    From the Herald Mail:
    Two...
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    All righty... This is the area of Virginia that...

    All righty... This is the area of Virginia that includes Manassas 1&2, Spotsylvania, Wilderness, Chancellorsville, and even touching as far south as the Burmuda Hundred and the Overland Campaign....
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    National Nurses' Day

    n 1892, after a 20 year fight to have their work deemed valuable enough for recognition, the female staff of the Federal Army Medical Department during the Civil War were invited to apply for a...
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    You will need, from the skin out: chemise...

    You will need, from the skin out:

    chemise (plan on several for a weekend long event)
    drawers (plan several for a weekend long event)
    stockings (plan several pairs for a weekend long event)...
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    First, thanks for providing a place for us for so...

    First, thanks for providing a place for us for so long. :-) Best wishes on your further journeys.
    Second, many civilians may be asking, "Where can we go now?" To answer that, both the Authentic...
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    I have several friends on the look-out for...

    I have several friends on the look-out for quality over-alls. :-)
    So on their behalf, is the "size 34" based on a waist measure of 34" or a chest measure of 34"?
    I want to pass your ad on to the...
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    We have a civilian section on The Common Ground...

    We have a civilian section on The Common Ground too.
    All y'all come. :-)
  15. A "School of Civilian" assumes that all civilian...

    A "School of Civilian" assumes that all civilian events are organized similarly and require the same skills. This is not the case with civilian-focused or civilian-heavy events.
    A "Civilian Town...
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    The following articles by Elizabeth Stewart Clark...

    The following articles by Elizabeth Stewart Clark cover what a woman needs to outfit herself for participation.
    The Best Bet Wardrobe:...
  17. Well... SINCE THIS IS IN THE CIVILIAN FOLDER... ...

    Well... SINCE THIS IS IN THE CIVILIAN FOLDER...

    Our homes and businesses would be brick, wood, stone, adobe, and mixed media rather than canvas for the most part. We only rarely get period...
  18. The Best Questions... or, the Anti-Goofy Question Thread

    So... we've exclaimed the perceived ignorance of the folks with whom we share history by making fun of their questions and reactions.

    Let's try something new...
    Share a question, reaction,...
  19. Bump, Bump. :-) You haven't missed your...

    Bump, Bump. :-)

    You haven't missed your chance! We need YOU! to portray a hospital patient.

    Please visit the group on FaceBook or email for more information...
  20. And further proof such drinks were actually...

    And further proof such drinks were actually enjoyed (at least by men):
    http://menus.nypl.org/menu_pages/30614

    That should be a menu from Mart Ackerman's Saloon, Toronto, January 1856
  21. Sounds like a trouser fitting issue. Are you sure...

    Sounds like a trouser fitting issue. Are you sure they fit as they should?
  22. For most of that event, you would be correct....

    For most of that event, you would be correct. Bringing together this many folks with a specialized impression means they want to chat each other up "after hours" to compare resources, network, etc....
  23. Bringing this to the top, please. :-) This...

    Bringing this to the top, please. :-)

    This will be a fun event, though we do take history seriously. This is an important story to tell and we need your help to tell it. Please consider this event.
  24. Based on compilations of the census, those who...

    Based on compilations of the census, those who made it to age 20 were very likely to make ages 70+. The median is thrown by the higher infant and child mortality rates.
    In an age before "Obligatory...
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    General beeswax is used in amputation surgery to...

    General beeswax is used in amputation surgery to stop the marrow from draining out of the bone onto the floor.
    Sealing wax might be substituted in a dire pinch.. but would not be regular practice....
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