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“Officers at Fort Duquesne heard a “blast of great guns & musquetry” that made them “apprehend our detachment had joined in with the English army nearer than they imagined, & that they were ingaged.””
“In this however she was disappointed; the noise of musquetry convinced her of the impractibility of this attempt.”
“The townsfolk being in no mind to receive a garrison, the King planted cannon against Newgate and broke down the gates but was met with a fierce musquetry fire from the walls, followed up by a vigorous sally, in which the citizens did much execution and took two cannon.”
“The artillery of the place, and the discharge of musquetry announced the happy arrival of this great man.”
“The men were withdrawn about twelve, rain pouring down, ammunition of the guns being expended, and that for musquetry quite useless; a few more rounds would have demolished the entrance gateway and brought it down bodily; loss severe, twenty five men killed, thirty-two wounded, several dangerously.”
“The bodies made a bridge, but the fire of our musquetry and cannon killed every one who rushed.”
“While I was talking to the French officers, a poor fellow on one of the stretchers called to me and the officer, and began a volley of thanks, which, if it had been of musquetry, would have been difficult to resist.”
“I never was in such a hand-to-hand fight; my gallant 31st and 50th literally staggered under the war of cannon and musquetry.”
“The tops of the houses were occupied by troops, and such a tremendous fire was produced of grape, canister, and musquetry, that in a short time two columns were nearly annihilated without effecting any impression.”
“Meantime the air is darkened with large bodies of them moving in various directions; the woods also swarm with them in search of acorns, and the thundering of musquetry is perpetual on all sides from morning to night.”
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