I think you have misunderstand my point. I am not against firing or taking hits, just surrendering to the imperative that "the boys" must have "trigger time" or they won't enjoy the event, preferably until their boxes are empty, then they all fall down go boom.
Originally Posted by 44 Henry
The term is meant as a pejorative, yes. The expression implies that playing soldier is more important than recreating history.
Somewhere along the way it seems that "trigger time" for at least some has become a negative comment.
If the purpose of the event is to recreate the history as closely as possible, then our use of firing should try to approximate the historical record (to the extent it is known). While we don't have sound recordings of battles, we can often find out how much ammunition was issued to each unit. We also have accounts that describe the action. We should try to hew to those accounts as much as is practicable.
Where we lack specifics, then sound historical research can help. There were physical limits to how fast a CW long arm could be fired & reloaded. These are often ignored by cries to "pour it on," and the ingrained belief that we are competing against the other side. And as I pointed out earlier, fouling prevented CW muskets from engaging in the long firefights we concoct at modern events.
Finally, the entire way we "take hits" and portray casualties is so out-of-step with the history as to be an obscenity: firing until one's powder is used up, lying on the field of battle watching the action or taking photos, or otherwise heavying-up the KIA at the expense of wounded men streaming to the rear.... None of this is historical.
If you want to see it done right, watch the CVGs at any event. These young men not only look good, they try very hard to portray the boys of 186X as accurately as possible, including taking an historical amount of hits and running to the rear instead of dropping in their tracks. We need more reenactors like them.
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