The Napoleonic Wars 1792-1815
Louis wrote:Josh, the worm and gun tool items are too valuable to be on display all the time.
What you are thinking of is the vent pick and brush. Put in place for ease of use during battle.
Even then when not in use, you would want these packed well away till needed.
Don't make a mistake of seeing a painting and and thinking this is the normal wear.
The French army were issued with a pin called an epinglette.
This you can wedge into the cartridge box between the wooden box and outer casing.
During the Revolutionary wars, soldiers began to use metal chains to hang them from coat buttons,
but these could go rusty and stain uniforms, so brass chains were introduced.
jf42 wrote:Yes, that makes perfect sense.- that it was the piquets clearing their weapons on the morning of June 18th, not the whole battalions. My error, for not going back to re-read Howarth before posting.
However, as I type that, it occurrs to me that a piquet in front of the army, not in line of sight, would not want to be loosing off their weapons willy-nilly since the sound of gunfire served to alert the main body that the enemy were at hand.
As a possible answer to that conundrum, although I haven't looked into this in detail, I have the impression from recent reading that a pre-arranged signal of cannon fire from guns attached to piquets (e.g.. a multiple of two shots from a pair of battalion guns), could provide a more definite indication that the enemy were engaging an out-post. Does that chime with you gentlemen?
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