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Smelly uniform aids realism

September 13, 1997

Dirty, stinky uniforms are all part of the realism David Scofield is striving for in his impression of a Confederate soldier fighting at the Battle of Antietam.

By that point in the war, soldiers were camping campaign-style, meaning they had only what they could carry with them, said Scofield, 34, of Yakima, Wash.

That's why he sleeps under a shebang - a piece of fabric stretched between trees in the woods - instead of in a field tent, he said.

The soldiers' uniforms were well-worn by then, said Scofield, who tries to keep true to that aspect by not washing his uniforms between wearings.

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The realism can get to be a little too much for his family, he said.

"Let's say there's always lively discussion about where to store my uniforms between events," said Scofield, who drove across the country with a group of friends to fall in with the 4th Texas Infantry.

They'll portray Hood's Texas Brigade, which fought in the Cornfield scenario, he said.

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