One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A soldier armed with a musket.
- ‘The re-enactments by members of the English Civil War Society will feature musketeers, pikemen and cavalry, with the occasional cannon shot.’
- ‘They equipped their troops as sailors, artillerists, musketeers as specified by the Crown.’
- ‘Pikemen stood on guard with their 16 feet long weapons and musketeers cleaned their matchlock muskets ready for the later mock battles.’
- ‘Eliminating the match speeded up fire-drill significantly, but it also allowed the musketeers to be packed far more closely in their units.’
- ‘Effective as these weapons were, infantrymen still needed forked stands as props for aiming and firing; and since they were slow to load, pikemen had to be included in battalions to protect musketeers from enemy cavalry charges.’
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