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  • Firearms trivia question for Tea Party Day.

    Fill in the blank.

    What did Genral Washington order to be added to ammunition being issued to the troops?



    GENERAL ORDERS
    Head Quarters, Perkiomy, October 6, 1777.


    ..............."___________ " are to be put into all the cartridges which shall hereafter be made.

    George Washington
    Commanding General
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  • #2
    "Buckshot"

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    • #3
      FLtoAK05 is the winner!


      While American folklore extols the virtues of the American Rifle during the Revolutionary War, most troops were actually issued large caliber smoothbore muskets. With pre-made cartridges of pre-measured powder and a ball (or buck&ball) the smoothbore was fairly fast to reload and easier for green troops to handle at close range while pour lead into their opponents. The powder horns they all carried were to prime the flash-pan of their flintlock ignition system

      George Washington ordered that buckshot be added to the pre-made paper (or linen) cartridges to create a BUCK & BALL.

      Thus one large lead ball and 3 or 4 buckshot from every man in the firing line. This remained the standard load for US smoothbore muskets until they were phased out during the later parts of the civil war.

      While Americans in the western areas used their own Kentucky and Penn Rifles, there were also some rifles issued to better trained line troops.
      Following a tactical manual writting by Lewis Nicola (French Born former British Officer who fell in love with America) Woodsman and farmers were organized into companies of Rifle Armed Skirmishers. They acted as a type of light infantry on the flanks of the main attack line.
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        BONUS QUESTION::::


        What type of arm did General Washington think the cavalry should be armed with instead of carbines?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Float Pilot View Post
          BONUS QUESTION::::


          What type of arm did General Washington think the cavalry should be armed with instead of carbines?
          Bow & arrow
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          Matthew 6:33
          "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

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          • #6
            George Washington
            To THE BOARD OF WAR
            Head Quarters, Middle Brook, April 4,1779.
            Gentn.: I have had the Honor to receive your favors of the 30th and 31st Ulto. and two of the Ist Inst. with the several papers to which they refer.
            ...........
            It appears to me that Light Blunderbusses on account of the quantity of shot they will carry, will be preferable to Carbines, for Dragoons, as the Carbines only carry a single ball especially in case of close action...........
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