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Arms for Empire -- a Military History of the British olonies in North America 1607-1763
Arms for Empire -- a Military History of the British olonies in North America 1607-1763 Author:Douglas Edward Leach This was war in Colonial America: firing a flintlock musket ("the sparks created by flint striking against steel dropped into the priming powder, the resulting slash raced through the touch hole into the barrel, and the gun fired. The soft lead bullet, moving at a relatively low velocity (as compared with a modern rifle bullet), had great knoc... more »kdown power. As soon as it struck any resistant object, such as human flesh, it began to spread, causing large wounds as it plowed on.'
Massacring a village of Indians: in the words of a Puritan chronicler -- 'Those that escaped the Fire were slain with the Sword...the Number they thus destroyed was conceived to be above Four hundred (a large proportion of whom were women and children) ...a fearful sight to see them thus frying to the Fire, and the streams of Blood quenching the same; and horrible wasw the stick and scent thereof, but the Victory seemed a sweet Sacrifice, and they (the English) gave praise thereof to God....'
Assaulting a French fort: 'Redcoated regiments, formed in a line of battle three deept, began advancing...The waiting French, aiming their muskets through the loopholes, began dropping British officers and men along the line. Increasing numbers of redcoated bodies lay strewn here and there on the open ground and in the tangle of tree limbs. If only the heavy artillery had been available, British gunners almost certainly could have cleared a way....'
This is the sixth of nineteen planned volumes of Macmillan 'Wars of the United States' series, published in 1973.« less