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This week for Throwback Thursday I thought I'd feature a couple of my old reenacting friends, @1863surgeon Doug Garnett standing at left above and Ed Owens, seen here in a photo by me taken on a visit forty years ago (!) to Fort Towson State Park, Oklahoma back ca. 1978 or 1979. I've featured Fort Towson in a more recent thread back in 2017 https://civilwartalk.com/threads/fort-towson-indian-territory-oklahoma.140553/ and although it was a frontier fort, it saw service during the war as a depot for Confederate troops in what was then Indian Territory and was the scene of the surrender of the last remaining Confederate general, Cherokee Chief Stand Waite. Doug, Ed, and I had gone there to see the fort's reproduction Napoleon cannon and advise the museum staff on how it could be used in live-fire demonstrations. (Note stabilized ruins of one of the barracks in the background.) For additional photos of our visit: https://civilwartalk.com/threads/fort-towson-indian-territory-oklahoma.140553/post-2105174 Below is another more recent look at Ed at another frontier fort, this time Texas' Fort Richardson:

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Anyone else having (preferably) old Civil War-related photos, mementoes, or memorabilia they would like to share with us is welcome and encouraged to do so in this weekly thread!
 
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This week for Throwback Thursday I thought I'd feature a couple of my old reenacting friends, @1863surgeon Doug Garnett standing at left above and Ed Owens, seen here in a photo by me taken on a visit to Fort Towson State Park, Oklahoma back ca. 1978. I've featured Fort Towson in a more recent thread back in 2017 https://civilwartalk.com/threads/fort-towson-indian-territory-oklahoma.140553/ and although it was a frontier fort, it saw service during the war as a depot for Confederate troops in what was then Indian Territory and was the scene of the surrender of the last remaining Confederate general, Cherokee Chief Stand Waite. Doug, Ed, and I had gone there to see the fort's reproduction Napoleon cannon and advise the museum staff on how it could be used in live-fire demonstrations. (Note stabilized ruins of one of the barracks in the background.) For additional photos of our visit: https://civilwartalk.com/threads/fort-towson-indian-territory-oklahoma.140553/post-2105174 Below is another more recent look at Ed at another frontier fort, this time Texas' Fort Richardson:

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Anyone else having (preferably) old Civil War-related photos, mementoes, or memorabilia they would like to share with us is welcome and encouraged to do so in this weekly thread!
what uniform is Ed wearing?
 

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I couldn't make out green facings in the image . Does he have a helmet as well? I read that members of the 24th may have used tea to darken their white helmets . Not sure if this is true .
 

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I couldn't make out green facings in the image . Does he have a helmet as well? I read that members of the 24th may have used tea to darken their white helmets . Not sure if this is true .
Another friend of mine from the dim past had actually been to South Africa (where he illegally dug for relics on various battlefield sites) and for a time imported uniforms, helmets, and even some props like spears and shields used in some of the movies made there, and I believe Ed has one of his reproduction pith helmets. Here's a link showing more of these items: https://civilwartalk.com/threads/and-now-for-something-completely-different.121236/post-1270672
 

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While I'm fond of Victorian era British Army stuff, and would love to do a Zulu War reenactment, I find myself pining for a British impression during the French Revolutionary Wars, as well as the Napoleonic Wars.

Of course talking Victorian Era military uniforms, the CSA, (late war imported uniforms, and British kersy uniforms in general) and the 2nd French Empire have the British beat on style.
 

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A close friend of mine that is a collector of vintage firearms has a real nice 1879 Martini-Henry rifle. I got to shoot it a few times at his private range. He has the custom made black powder rounds for it....they ain't cheap either. It's a great shooter, very accurate, although I found it to be front heavy, like holding up a BAR. IIRC he informed me he recently found some badly needed "impossible to find" parts for a vintage Webley revolver he has......

Nice pics James N.!!!
 
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