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(Continued from page 58) knights—were marks of rank, carried by the sergeants and officers. They were not designed as weapons, but who can doubt that a hard pressed sergeant for want of a belter weapon would not use these symbols of authority to strike his adversary?

For the admirers of good sleel blades, the Williamsburg arsenal shows the swords and sabers of the time, both those of the infantry the short thrusting swords—and the slashing sabers of the horsemen.

And there is hanging on one wall a reminder that all fighting men of the period of the French and Indian War and the Revolution did not wear the popularly-imagined knee breeches and blue and buff coats. Many wore riflemen and frontiersmen suits of buckskins. From these uniforms the Americans gained the name "blackshirts," for with continued usage the long skirt-like buckskins became filthy black with dirt and grease and burned powder.

The typical "Royal American" regular of 1755, outfitted from the Williamsburg Magazine, carried a knapsack, blanket, leather cartridge box, canteen, perhaps shot moulds, lead and the like, extra flints, and the Brown Bess smooth bore flintlock musket, with socket bayonet in a leather scabbard. The musket, itself heavy and inaccurate, was, at close quarters with bayonet attached, a vicious weapon when wielded by the big,

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