Re: Rifles in New Orleans
- Oops! In my list of sources to look up for more accounts of what REALLY
happened at New Orleans, I left off one great eyewitness account - "Twenty
Five Years in the Rifle Brigade" by W. Surtees. (hmmm...at least I THINK it's
Surtees' ...and not Kincaid's book! - "Adventures in the Rifle Brigade"!)
At any rate the author makes some wonderful observations on the campaign, and
a most telling section deals with the 95th officers "walking the ground" the
eve before the 8th to see what would be what come the battle - as they had
learned to do in the Peninsula, and pointing out that Mullins of the 44th (the
single person who can actually be blamed for the whole debacle) did not do
- I've been shooting flintlock rifles for over 30 years. They are highly
accurate in the hands of a person who knows how to use them. Those
Tennessee boys knew how to use them, and still do.
- The attached article is indeed interesting, but relies entirely on
the account of the battle which purportedly comes from a British
officer. This officer's anonymity makes the account particularly
suspect, as most documents containing such a detailed account can
usually be clearly attributed to their authors. One is forced to
wonder whether this legend is simply something made up as American
propaganda after the fact.
--- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, "Mark Lewis" <mlewis@...> wrote:
> I've been shooting flintlock rifles for over 30 years. They are
> accurate in the hands of a person who knows how to use them.
> Tennessee boys knew how to use them, and still do.
- Ok .. I have a curious question that came to mind while reading the
article. Aside from the accuracy of the article, and the article
itself, the statement is made about firing one shot per minute. How
many shots in a minute, could a well trained Regular rifleman get off ?
Whether being fact or fiction, I recall an episode of Sharpe where he
is training riflemen, and states that they should be able to get off 3
shots per minute. Is this even possible?