Riflemen.

"A Rifleman, who got off from Long Island last night, was brought on board this morning, and his Gun with him. It was of a handsome Construction, and entirely manufactured in America. As there are no flints in this Country, they have smuggled them in from Holland & France".1

"On my return from Richmond, I witnessed the mode that renders the Virginian rifle-men so expert in use of arms -- as great numbers were assembled, shooting at marks, and which I understand, long before the commencement of the war, was the constant diversion in this country; so certain are they of hitting, that they are not fearful of holding the board at arms's length; nay, some are so little apprehensive of danger, that they will place it between their legs for another to fire at".2

NOTES:

1) The American Journal of Ambrose Serle, Secretary to Lord Howe, 1776-1778, ed. Edward H. Tatum, Jr., San Marino, California: The Huntington Library, , 1940, p. 56, (Weds. August 7th, 1776)

2) Anburey, Thomas, Travels Through the Interior Parts of America ..., New York: NY Times and Arno Press, 1969, (Vol II, p. 414-15, near Charlottesville, in Virginia, 4 August, 1779)