Re: Two balls are better than one.
US Civil War
As early as the US Revolution.
General Washington ordered 4-8 buckshot to be loaded over a ball in the first volley in a battle in 1777. I'd assume it was not a new concept.
Head Quarters, Perkiomy, October 6, 1777.
Parole Fredericksburg. Countersigns Fairfax, Frankfort.
The commanding officers of regiments are without delay to send to the provost for such of their men as have been tried and their sentences published.
The Battalion of militia from Virginia, commanded by Col Rumney,52 are to be attended to and do duty with General Scott's brigade.
[Note:Col. William Rumney, of the Virginia Militia. ]
Brigadier Genl. Pulaski will make a return of the horse as soon as possible.
Thomas Mullen Esqr. appointed the 3rd. instant to act as Brigade Major to Genl. Conway, is now, for his gallant behaviour on the 4th. instant, appointed Brigade Major to General Conway, and is to be respected and obeyed as such.
John Laurens Esqr. appointed on the 6th. of September extra Aid de Camp to the Commander in Chief, is now appointed Aid de Camp to him, and is to be respected and obeyed as such.
The commanding officers of corps are every morning to report the strength of them to their Brigadiers or officers commanding brigades, that it may be known daily what stragglers have joined.
Buckshot are to be put into all the cartridges which shall hereafter be made.
Re=reading Tranter's post, I'm thinking buck-n-ball went back even further.
I got to thinking too, that since our Continental Army was trained by the French (Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur) and Prussian' s (Baron Von Steuben), and not to mention many of the militia and regulars were English, the concept could have came from anywhere in Europe.
Never say die!
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