Let's be truthful for a second, shall we? I've been in the hobby for over 30 years now, all union, all the time. The "hardcores" are usually the ones who bug out first in bad weather, and they're usually the object of ridicule to those of us who are mainstream-Progressive (not completely nuts with an eye on better authenticity within reason). Elias Howe patented the sewing machine that we use in 1845. The War Department had contracts with MANY textile houses during the war to mass produce the uniforms (shirt, socks, shoes, coat, pants, suspenders hat, frock [the pre-1862 fatigue coat relegated to dress purposes after McClellan's reorganization] and great coat for the winter which were ISSUED to men. These items weren't made at home and shipped to guys in the field. There are quartermaster reports which show this. The State of North Carolina had so many uniforms in storage that they were putting them on German POW's in the 1940's. This is a truth the Hard Core kids seem to want to ignore in their quest for "authenticity."
Contrary to what PVT Granola says, hard core is what you do when you don't have any interest in portraying actual history but want to play bang bang. We've seen your types: lousy drill, lousy uniforms and lousy attitudes towards the rest of us with an unjustified sense of self worth in the hobby.
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