18th Century Sentry

A sentry standing watch atop the outer wall protecting a British outpost would carry more than just his musket. Hanging from his neck would be several other items in preparation for … just about anything.

The bayonet for his musket would be sheathed and within easy reach if needed. A leather pouch holding musket balls, wadding and powder for his musket. A tin canteen of water. A linen haversack holding everything else — shaving kit, tinder box, plate, cup, food, utensils and other personal items; e.g. letters from home, dice, cards, etc.

Guard duty was no fun.

Thought for the Day: It is well that war is so terrible, else we should grow too fond of it.
General Robert E. Lee

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