My Early Days Of Relic Hunting

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An old friend of mine sent me a photo yesterday and it did bring back some memories. This is us on a relic hunting trip at Shiloh in the spring of 1975. I'm on the left with the Micky Mouse shirt. I was 17 at the time. Oh those were the days relics were plentiful and I could hunt all day and all night.
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Reenactment & Living History PotM - Accepting Entries

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4th Biannual Photo Contest!
Be sure to read the rules, the rules are different from the PotM contest

1) Each Member may submit one (1) photo per monthly contest.
2) The person submitting...
Crawfish Boil on Good Friday
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In a community as Catholic as New Orleans, Good Friday was a holiday during Civil War times. Clara Solomon noted in her diary, The Civil War Diary of Clara Solomon: Growing Up in New Orleans, 1861-1862, that her school was closed on Good Friday. Adhering to Lenten traditions by eating fish or seafood on Fridays has never been a problem...

Battles And Bunnies And Eggs, Oh My! Easter's Confusing War

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Happy first Sunday after the first full moon, after the Spring equinox! Memorized in catechism class- ' When is Easter Sunday? "

Well, discovered quite a few things about ' era Easter ', meaning 1861-1865. No one seemed quite sure what, exactly, to do about it?

Predictably, yes, Easter Sunday celebrations...

Caption This! week 17

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photo credit: @ARW

North Carolina Monument at Appomattox

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The North Carolina Monument at Appomattox National Military Park is a little off the beaten path. I visited it last Tuesday and thought some here might enjoy seeing the photos.






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I'm doing an image of the CSS Arkansas running the Union Fleet. Built a few 3D models to put it all together but cant seem to get a consensus on what ships were actually involved. One map doesn't show any of the City Class ironclads and another says there were up to 39 union ships. I have the Benton, Essex, Hartford and some others but have you come across any research that states which ships were involved?
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Looks Like I joined up the 28th North Carolina Infantry while at Appomattox, Yee boy!

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