ttles, I saw a youth fix his ramrod to a tree, and endeavor to push the cartridge home in that way, for the musket was so dirty from use, that it was impossible to ram the load.
Here was a situation for the boy to be in-ramrod bent, and the musket useless!
Since the enemy have supplied us with arms, said another, we have had a good variety of weapons among us — the English Enfield rifle, by various makers; the old Harper's Ferry musket; the Harper's Ferry Minie musket; the new and old Springfield musket, rifled and smooth bore; and last of all, that heavy, unhandy, clumsily-made thing called the German or Belgian rifle, which carries a ball equal .to that of a young six-pounder.
The Belgians or Germans, who use this weapon, must be hard, large-fisted fellows, used to playing with a pair of fifty-sixes; for it is certainly the most ungainly rifle mortal ever used; being furnished with a heavy oak stock, and trappings of iron and brass, sufficient to decorate a howitzer.
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