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We are all familiar with the myth about the Rebel riflemen who won the American Revolution American Revolution, 1775–83, struggle by which the Thirteen Colonies on the Atlantic seaboard of North America won independence from Great Britain and became the United States. It is also called the American War of Independence. . Rifles were indeed more accurate than muskets, but they took much longer to load -- a decided disadvantage when the opposing side was charging down upon you.

While Washington was undoubtedly aware of the advantages of the rifle, he is reported to have requested more musketmen, rather than more riflemen. The following quotation QUOTATION, practice. The allegation of some authority or case, or passage of some law, in support of a position which it is desired to establish.
     2. Quotations when properly made, assist the reader, but when misplaced, they are inconvenient.
 refers to events in the War of 1812, and it demonstrates how muskets and rifles could be used together to great effect:

... Riflemen were mingled with, the redcoats of the other three Light companies. Those redcoats carried the quick-firing but short-ranged muskets, while the Green-jackets had the more accurate, longer-ranged rifle that was slow to reload (1) To load a program from disk into memory once again in order to run it. Reload is entirely different than reinstall. Reinstall means that you have to run the install program from a CD-ROM or floppy disk and perform the installation procedure over again. . The mixture of weapons could be lethal lethal /le·thal/ (le´th'l) fatal.

le·thal
adj.
1. Capable of causing death.

2. Of, relating to, or causing death.



lethal

deadly; fatal.
; the rifles killed with precision and were protected by the muskets.(1)

(1) Cornwell, Bernard Ber·nard , Claude 1813-1878.

French physiologist noted for his study of the digestive and nervous systems.
. Sharpe's Revenge. London: Harper Collins Publishers. 1997. p 61
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Author:Johnson, Peter
Publication:The Loyalist Gazette
Date:Sep 22, 1999
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