I have often wondered about the accuracy of this weapon. What would be its stopping power in a battle, and what would a half of an inch to 3/4" musket ball do to human flesh at 30 yards? Judging from all of the textbooks I have read if you were shot at close range by this musket it would do significant damage to your flesh (basically rip you apart). So on the battlefield as an infantryman which would you fear most; being shot at close range by a Bessy, or being bayoneted? You be the judge!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
New Land Pattern Brown Bess Musket - Light Infantry Pattern 1812 - 1840
With the light infantry musket initially unavailable in Canada at the beginning of the War of 1812, locally raised light troops at first used a variety of weapons, including modified India Pattern muskets. However, in June 1813 a shipment of 800 New Land Pattern Light Infantry muskets reached Canada and were immediately issued to the Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles. By 1814 the New Land Pattern Light Infantry musket would have been carried by the majority of colonial regular light troops, including the Canadian Voltigeurs, Canadian Chasseurs and Frontier Light Infantry, while in the Atlantic colonies the re-raised New Brunswick Fencibles also received the weapon. The muskets also saw use in the hands of British light infantry regiments dispatched to North America in 1814, such as the 7th Battalion, 60th Regiment, as well as the 43rd and 85th Light Infantry in the Washington and New Orleans campaigns.