20 October 2016

The Bayonet Was His Last Resource

The Private Soldier Under Washingtonby Charles Knowles Bolton:

General Howe saw that the bayonet was his last resource to silence their destructive fire. At Long Island the British used the bayonet with deadly effect by receiving the fire of Washington's men and charging before they could reload. Therein lay the weakness of the firelock for the manner of loading was clumsy and slow.

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