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I am actively involved in Revolutionary War reenacting (1775-1783). I am currently the Vice President, Quartermaster, Webmaster and Lieutenant in a Pennsylvania Line unit. Living history organizations are one way we can keep the past alive, and instill into our youth what life was like in days long gone. There are several living history organizations out there, from Mideavil Times through World War II. The Civil War and Revolutionary War are two of the most popular. I can answer questions regarding how to get in contact with a living history organization, and what would be involved in getting into the hobby, from the cost of weapons and accoutrements to what you can expect during a weekend event.

Experience in the area

I am relatively still a "young pup" in the hobby - 10 years. Many of the more seasoned ones have been in the hobby since the Bicentennial.

What do you like about this subject?

I love educating the public about our history. Many school classrooms provide dates and places, but I get the chance to bring it to life.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

George Washington was actually bled to death by his doctors.

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2011-06-12 World War Two Reenactment age limit:

Brandon -    I can't speak for the WWII community, as I only participate Revolutionary War reenacting, but we allow kids onto the field once they reach 16.  You would need to contact members of the 501st

2010-12-02 Flintolcks and Cast Iron:

Jean -    Normally, a soft lead bullet fired from a black powder flintlock would most likely fragment and vaporize against cast iron at close distances, and just ricochet off at greater distances.  The

2010-11-20 Becentennial "Freedom Bell":

Leslie -    Personally, I have no experience with this article, but I searched the web and found the following link ...    http://www.americanbell.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=849    Hopefully this will

2010-10-06 flintlock pistols and musket or rifle bullets:

Jo -    Thanks for writing back, I hope you found my answers useful to your research.  You will have to tell me the name of the book so I can look it up.    Experimentation with anything other than a round

2009-10-19 Muskets:

Rick -    You can take a look at Middlesex Village Trading Companie ...  http://www.middlesexvillagetrading.com/M1BB.shtml    They are selling their's for $595.  Of course, I can't vouch for the quality


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