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#1 posted 03-24-2011 03:02 PM

The Continental Army’s training manual said no soldier shall be excused from drill until he can load an fire his musket 15 times in 3 minutes and 45 seconds. That is a far greater demand than 3 times in a minute.;-)) My g…..g-gramdpa, Stephen Longwell was wounded in the left elbow on Long Island when Washington ordered the retreat on Aug 28, 1776. His elbow became too stiff to shoot a musket, so he spent the rest of the War in the Artillery Corps.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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