I'm a bagpiper myself, learning to play the fiddle.
BTW I'd seriously suggest getting into Civil War reenactments if you can find one in your area. I'm with the 17th Virginia Infantry and the battles can be really fun, especially when we beat the Yankees.
I do British for WWII, mostly because I'm Scottish, but I do have a great uncle on me mum's side who served in the Wehrmacht. Unfortunately I don't know any units in the Illinois area, my knowledge is mostly confined to Virginia, California, and small parts of Britain.
That sucks, mate. You oughta try getting into it, it's really fun.
What area you in and what wars yoju looking at doing, I might be able to suggest a good unit.
You a reenactor, too, lad?
The dirt is in the wheel barrel
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What a twist.
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