I have a US colleague who needs some info on the British Army during the Revolutionary War (as they call it). He's looking at the Battle of Cowpens (1781) and needs some info on the following:
He's determined to tell it well from the British point of view and bring it to life. Your suggestions would be most welcome.I must accurately describe how a soldier was expected to load within 15 seconds and fire online and describe the two or three ranks advancing forward, what a dragoon is and what the cavalry job was.
If someone could suggest a good website on the soldiers' drill of the times I would much appreciate it. I will have to demonstrate for the crowd. Don't need the overall tactical piece but the drill and expectations of the individual soldier.
There are many mis-beliefs among the Americans about how the American Revolution was fought using Indian Tactics and won against the British who would blindly stand in the middle of a field and be shot at by us good/smart Americans hiding in the trees. Us historian/soldiers know better. Most decisive battles were fought in open fields. Within the 15 seconds it takes to reload most distances the armies were fighting could be closed with the bayonet. This would be a disaster for men spread out amongst the trees. I need to tell the story of the British Soldier drill. Do you have something simple?