Much of this is familiar territory for Urban, whose last book was The Mall Who Broke Napoleon's Codes, a Fascinating account of the Peninsular War through the exploits of the staff officer who learned to read Napoleon's "Great Paris Cipher." But the riflemen
make for a better story, offering at once a broader yet more focused canvas that illuminates the way all armies at the end of the 18th century sought tactics to cope with the massive killing power of the new artillery and the massed musketry fire of well-trained troops.
Clark to retake the territory which properly belonged to Virginia and, as Eddlem relates, that's exactly what Clark and his riflemen
While Washington was undoubtedly aware of the advantages of the rifle, he is reported to have requested more musketmen, rather than more riflemen
. The following quotation refers to events in the War of 1812, and it demonstrates how muskets and rifles could be used together to great effect:
Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Jones, Commanding Officer 4 Rifles, said: "He was a young man, much loved by his fellow Riflemen
for his quick tongue, humour and character.
His infectious personality rubbed off on everyone within the platoon and strengthened the bond that his fellow riflemen
were involved in some of the fiercest fighting around Sangin in Afghanistan.
The coffins carrying Pt Brackpool and his seven dead comrades - Corporal Jonathan Horne, 28, Riflemen
William Aldridge, James Backhouse and Joseph Murphy, all 18, Rifleman Daniel Simpson, 20, all from 2nd Battalion The Rifles, Corporal Lee Scott, 26, of 2nd Royal Tank Regiment and Rifleman Daniel Hume, 22, of 4th Battalion The Rifles, were each taken from the aircraft by six pallbearers.
They included three 18-year-olds - Rifleman James Backhouse, from Castleford, West Yorkshire, Riflemen
William Aldridge, from Bromyard, Hertfordshire and Joseph Murphy, from Castle Bromwich, West Midlands.
Unsurprisingly, when his Company Commander, Platoon Commander, fellow NCOs and Riflemen
were lying killed and injured after an explosion, he was one of the first on the scene providing first aid and organising their extraction to safety.
Here in Montana, I've often heard someone claim they can't hit paper targets very well but "put hair on something and I can knock it down at most any range." Experienced riflemen
consider such statements as blathering.
Colonel George Rogers Clark had led his Kentucky riflemen
170 miles across the marshes of southern Illinois toward a planned assault on the British Fort of Sackville in the village of Vincennes, on the banks of the Wabash River in present-day Indiana.
Now the crunch hits, the "it's not really all about me" realization: The next step is to teach others to be Riflemen
Platoon commander Lieutenant Will Melia said: "It was a rare occurrence to see Turtle without a grin on his face and he was one of the most popular Riflemen
in the Company." "He was exceptionally good at his job and every man in my Platoon, myself included, is keenly aware that it is due to his hard work and dedication that we are still alive today.
James Backhouse, 18, who was trying to clear a route for his comrades, and Corporal Jonathan Horne, 28 - previously wounded in Iraq - also paid the ultimate sacrifice as they rushed to aid their stricken fellow riflemen
He worked tirelessly for the men under his command and he was an inspiration to both Riflemen