The Cannon • The cannon had a crew of about 14 men • each soldier had his own special job • The soldier also had his own tools • jobs ranged from lighting the cannon to calculating the elevation of the cannon • Washington's crew practiced until the job became natural to them • the cannons range was hundreds of yards and was loaded with grape shot • the practice Washington's crew had was definitely worth it • The cannon could take out many enemy soldiers at once.
The Musket ,Bayonet and the Rifle The redcoat musket • named for resemblance of a barrel • fired a .75 caliber lead ball accurate to about 75 yards. • soldier carried a pick and brush to clean the weapon The bayonet • transformed musket into deadly spear • good to have a spear when raining because guns were unreliable during bad weather. The Rifle • Rifles were not the first choice during the revolutionary war • While they were more accurate then muskets they were to heavy • they also took a long time to load • also the soldier would be cleaning the musket more than he would be shooting it • Since a bayonet would not connect to the rifle the soldiers had to carry an axe or a tomahawk
Pistol Pistol • Were mostly used by officers and the cavalry. • Were only good at very close range. • Most were smoothbore, meaning there were no grooves on the inside of the barrel to help with accuracy.
Credits Works Cited http://revolutionarywarantiques.com/Weapons-of-the-Revolutionary-War. N.p., 2011. Web. 8 Apr. 2011. Kindersley, Dorling. American Revolution. United States: DK Publishing, 2002. Print. Military Channel. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Apr. 2011. <http://military.discovery.com/history/revolutionary-war/weapons.html>.