If you have ever played COD (call of duty) MW or the COD series or even any war game, you’ll understand this presentation better. If you haven’t then just bear with me. I will be describing the Colonial weapons and equipment used in the 1770’s.
In 1645, decrees ordered each town militia to have a third of its men ready on half hour warning for any service requirement. The "snow shoe men" (1702-1743) held themselves ready to march on the shortest notice and from 1756-1763 emergency response units existed while plans were considered for "picket guards" to serve only within the Province.
* Brown Bess- flintlock musket; main weapon for the Brits until 1730’s; long barrels, long range, very close to 9mm. cal.; fired with gunpowder; Gunpowder carts only held 9-12 charges.
These colonial horns were used to signal militia of incoming raids of Indians or war parties of the English. Usually soldiers would use homemade axes for hatchets. Some would steal or trade with the Indians to receive them. Either way, they were all used for the same purpose. This reason was to destroy enemies while reloading or while being in close range. This is the traditional war knapsack in which food (not to be tainted) and gunpowder cartridges( not to be frozen) were held. Most of it was made of traded skin furs and used to always keep the insides of it warm.
Mostly cow meat and fowl meat were eaten. If it gets spoiled it becomes a killer of great tastes. It was usually stored in the soldiers knapsack without any gunpowder. Sometimes salt was poured in the sacks to keep the food preserved. Corn was very common in both harvesting and eating. Bread was original like it is today. Sometimes herbs were enlisted into the bread to keep it pure. Water was usually served from anywhere. Especially rivers, that might be infested with parasites and fish feces.
Since most of the militia was made up of farmers who are poor and shopkeepers, soldiers would wear whatever they had. Usually a pullover shirt would fit, breeches, socks, leather shoes, and a coat to keep warm. Two main requirements were included though. They all wore hats to keep away the lice, and they all wore belts to keep all of the clothing on them.
M1832 Artillery Short Sword: There is a brass hilt and cross guard with embossed eagle on pommel. Carbon steel blade has blood groove. Leather scabbard. Length: 26" Blade: 19.3" Weight: 3.1 lbs. BUNKER HILL SWORD: This Revolutionary War Sword has a 24" carbon steel blade, brass hand guard and pommel, complete with leather scabbard with brass fittings. Overall Length: 30", Weight: 2.5 (Steel Decorator Sword) FRENCH FLINTLOCK PISTOL DAGGER: Flintlock firing system, 18th century. Unique pistol-dagger combination. Length: 15", Weight: 1.2 lbs
This was the oldest type of cannon around. It fired cannonballs up to 3ft. In circumference and at 20lbs of gunpowder. It would take 3 soldiers to operate it. One of them would load the cannonball, the other would aim, and the last one would fire. They are very different compared to modern day tanks and mortars.
I hope you all learned and found this little presentation beneficial. Whether not you’ll be a historian or a weapons expert, I’m sure this will help in the future. Thanks and good luck.
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