Re: Kentuckian's guns used in "The Patriot"

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Posted by Seamus on May 03, 2000 at 04:41:45:

In Reply to: Re: Kentuckian's guns used in posted by Cousin Malcolm MacWilliam on May 02, 2000 at 20:22:14:

: Seamus, Three Tales and Many Flags:

: So, he who dies with the most toys wins? Well, I usually carry the most toys on my body. Let's see - Brown Bess, bayonet, Highland pistol, dirk, broadsword, back knife, and a wee knife in me sporran. And, if I lit my grenadier slow match I could put wee burn marks alllll over yer body! Hooo, hoooo! I could also take my corporal's knot off and garrot ye!! But, my dear cousins, I would never think of doing that to kin. Now, Red Leaf is another matter!! Pax Aye!

: Corporal Malcolm Angus MacWilliam, 77th Reg't of Foot, Grenadiers

Cousin Malcolm--

Now you were with me when I had to "re-supply" myself, so to speak, at Ft. Frederick after losing all of the toys I had when the notorious...and I add with glee...LATE...M. du Ranck treated me to French hospitality a few weeks ago. So you know that I routinely carry a fine rifle-gun, powder horn, hunting bag (with all the goodies needed to care for and feed the said rifle-gun, much too numerous to mention all of them here),one belt knife, one tomahawk, one neck knife in a fantastic quilled sheath, two and sometimes three small knives in my hunting bag, haversack and leggings, beautiful quilled leg ties, a brass gorget made by White Horse, not to mention my linen shirt and hunting shirt, breech cloth, and mocassins. In my haversack are my wallet, journal and pencil, eye glasses in a silver case, a tinderbox with tow, charcloth and flint and steel, a compass,sewing kit, a folding knife made by a fine knifesmith named Kyle Willard,a snack of fruit, jerk, or whatever,some small clothing items as spares, and a brass cup tied to the strap.

It makes one wonder how I can even walk with all that stuff hanging off me! Fortunately most of it except the rifle-gun is small and not weighty by itself, but combined can get heavy when preparing for a scout. I did not mention the deerskin bacpack I carry with a blanket roll when on a mission. It, when loaded, weighs considerable.

Malcolm, most of the citizenry has no idea what we carry just to keep them safe from marauding Indians and the insidious French. But...I would have it no other way.

Nancy sends her best, and is STILL talking about being with the Clan at Ft. Frederick. She hopes you are well, and wishes to see you all again. Mistress Campbell was especially nice to her and Gloria.


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