Early accounts of the Rev War will verify the early Continental soldiers were armed with anything their officers could find. It wasn't until the French entered the fray that our troops had somewhat suitable and consistant caliber weapons. But here again, the French weren't stupid. The American cause provided an excuse to support the effort from one point but when reviewed closely we were a dumping ground for muskets from their old storage facilities. Some were in good shape; others needed vast attention. This type info is documented.

Additionally, American gunsmiths were exempt from 'front line' duty if in fact they served their time in the Armories during the war. Their specific duty was to rebuild, repair and return the weapons to the battle lines. This info is documented as well.

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