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Subject: [GM-L] Glossary of 18th Cent. military terms (more at website listed below)
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 13:29:36 EDT
Inst./Instant Refers to the present month. For example, in a letter dated
June 29th, the 16th Instant would refer to June 16th.
Accoutrements Refers to the cartridge box, bayonet belt and scabbard worn by
a soldier. For light infantry this would include a shot bag and powder horn.
Cat o' Nine Tails When a soldier was ordered to be punished, the most common
punishment was the administration of lashes by the drummers of the regiment.
The drummer would whip the offender with a Cat o' Nine Tails, a leather whip
with nine knotted cords or strands.
Firelock Another term for musket. In the 18th Century the primary military
firearm was the smoothbore musket, typically of .69 or .75 caliber.
Goal/Gaol Some alternate 18th Century spellings for Jail.
for complete list of provincial military terms: