John Bakeless, DANIEL BOONE (New York: W. Morrow & Co., 1939)

Getting ready for battle: patches oiled with extra care; the "necks" which the molds left on the hand-made bullets had to be filed down with precision lest one get stuck in the barrel -- the only remedy for which was to unbreech the rifle, no time for that during a battle; locks oiled so hammers fell easily; flints picked till they were sharp (otherwise the lock would merely snap and the rifle miss fire). Kentucky riflemen were among the best shots in the world, <holding it a disgrace to shoot a squirrel anywhere but in the head except when they amused themselves by the still more difficult art of "barking" the branch under the little animal and bringing it down stunned though untouched. They were less particular, but quite as accurate, when they fired at Indians.> BAKELESS:274-275, 276-277


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