Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Rolling musket cartridges

We learned how the soldiers made cartridges for their muskets---these were little pre-made packets of gunpowder and bullets that made loading the muskets go a lot faster. First you tear off a square of paper and wrap it into a cylinder shape around the end of your "musket" (ours was just a dowel).
You end up with a hollow cylinder, closed on one end
Pour in your "gunpowder"
Add a bullet on top
Twist the open end closed so nothing falls out
And you have a finished cartridge! Make a whole bunch of these and you will be ready for battle.

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