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Date Posted: 08:13:53 11/21/06 Tue
Author: Randall Pierson
Subject: Re: Federals in boots! (good idea?)
In reply to: Troy Groves 's message, "Re: Federals in boots! (good idea?)" on 07:31:18 11/21/06 Tue


Don't get me wrong, I think the story of the 81st Ill. & how they came to be dressed as they were is intriguing and presents a very interesting material image. I also think it's a little funny that of the numerous Federal regiments on this march the one 'they' chose to portray is the one that had to burn uniforms prior to beggining the march & thus ended up with a fairly non-standard appearance. The 81st Ill. on the RR campaign would make a better Troiani print than a portrayal with actual 21st cent. human beings.

Yeah, I know the fatigue blouse & black hat look is SO 1995/ boring. Anyway, those that wish to wear the 'preferred' uniform of the 81st Ill. will do so & the other 90% will wear shoes, sacks & jackets. I'd rather play to the lowest common impression to achieve a fairly uniform appearance. Trust me, to "just get through the event" will be as much soldier experience / historical depiction as any reenactor has had in the last 40 years.

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