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Re: Firelocks in Massachusetts

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  • amhistoryhunter
    Hi All, I had wondered if multi-ball loads were common, I haven t read much about the Firelocks and ammunition of the early militia units yet. It makes perfect
    Message 1 of 14 , Jun 27, 2013
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      Hi All,

      I had wondered if multi-ball loads were common, I haven't read much about the Firelocks and ammunition of the early militia units yet.
      It makes perfect sense to use multiple-ball loads.

      Thanks All,
      Robert


      --- In Revlist@yahoogroups.com, Boston 1775 <Boston1775@...> wrote:
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      > Robert wrote:
      > << There exists at least two accounts of how my relative was wounded, one mentions one ball striking him and the other ball striking others in the ranks. This was an accidental discharge from a man within his own ranks. Perhaps this was a Fowler? >>
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      > Perhaps but not necessarily. Regular muskets could be loaded with "a brace of balls," or two at once. And sometimes that did twice the damage, as with your ancestor.
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      > Here's another example from the journal of Samuel Hawes, 28 Apr 1775: “...one abial Petty axedentely discharged his peace and shot two Balls through the Body of one asa cheany through his Left side and rite rist.”
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      > I suspect the grenadiers at the Boston Massacre also had their muskets double-loaded.
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      > J. L. Bell Boston1775@...
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      > Unabashed gossip about the start of the American Revolution at <http://www.boston1775.net>.
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