Reducer's can be on a couple of spigots for canteen refill....thus not interfering with bucket and pot filling at all Terre, and significantly reducing wastage.
Originally Posted by Spinster
Those 5 gallon blue plastic buckets set up a 'hoarding' situation, similar to stacks of firewood by a company street or community cooking' fire.
I've always brought my own TP and water reserve to national events....and 2 canteens on the battlefield. That's ALWAYS. 6,000 reenactors that's potentially 30,000 gallons of water (240,000 pounds) that doesn't have to be distributed/toted/hauled by Mark Way or wagon.
We need a Mandatory unlimited water supply on site within a half mile of each camp for both man and beast (and appropriate watering troughs).....this could be the fill site for wagons and tractor hauled water\water buffaloes.....the water supply needs to be available 24/7 regardless of weather and electrical grid status (backup generator for the well pump). We can't be going into town for this (learned at Raymond 2001). And we can't jeopardize the well being of 500 head of stock. The ponds were largely inaccessible at Shiloh.
I hear you on the PIPING of water....but this was a life saver at Manassas (with its twin 4" PVC pipes running under pressure and Pallets of plastic water bottles on the battlefield), A135 (which set the standard with rigid pipe, not PVC), G135 with its semi-trailer stainless steel milk truck IN the cavalry camp, and Raymond 2001 (which had piped water in the CSA camps). Where we get into trouble (A140 with flexible hose and no water pressure, Raymond 2001 with trucked water and Dr. Pepper containers in the Federal Camps, Wilson's Creek with its breakdown in logistics, and now Shiloh) is where we rely on trucked\wagoned water to fill supply tanks, 5 gallon in tent reservoirs, 10,000 canteens, 250+ gallon reservoirs, ditches (from wastage), laundry and dish tubs, coffee pots, Bathing water....the distribution tanks themselves.....and then forget the time delay in restocking all of these vessels complicated by distribution issues (impassable roads and traffic jams). Having worked through many a demand scenario in business logistics (successfully), I know we need to, and can, get better in this. 5 gallons per reenactor per day + 20 gallons per horse per day + 1 fill of all the tubs\canteens\5 gallon in-tent buckets\tanks\wagon and truck borne containers\watering troughs\on battlefield supply = a lot of gallons....and I guarantee is a lot more than was planned for at Shiloh. You can't fill to the tubs capacity, you have to fill to Demand....which usually means more tubs.
Simply having a canteen and 5 gallon plastic bucket fill location on the way to the camps (Registration?) would have gone a LONG way to relieve the immediate shortage situation which cropped up almost immediately.
We also have to teach horse\mule\draft animal owners that in the American Civil War watering call frequently meant taking your equine friends a half MILE or more to a watering source (I've got some great quotes of bareback racing to\from watering source 2+ miles away).... maybe you can lead horses from the artillery camp 200 yards to the cavalry camp and water your horses there, rather than walking a half mile to headquarters at midnight to bitch about water shortages?
Every time I saw artillery trucks moving around the battlefield, I wondered how much water they were hauling.....
I'm with Andrew on this one.....bring your own TP and 5 gallons of water (you simply dig a small hole, use leaves or a rubber blanket to hide the jug) PER PERSON.
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