A Beautiful Glittering Lie
One bullet can make a man a hero… or a casualty.

What does 'musket' mean?

Find out what musket means. Musket is explained by J D R Hawkins - author of A Beautiful Glittering Lie

musket

A smoothbore firearm fired from the shoulder. In my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, the term "musket" is referred to as follows:

(Page 25)
Hiram placed his satchel and musket into the bed, and took his seat beside him. “All right, then, let’s go!” he exclaimed with a smile.

(Page 28)
The train embarked on a long ride through pine-covered countryside. After two days of rugged riding, the North Alabamians reached Dalton on May 2. They were the last company from Alabama to arrive. Once the recruits were out of the cars, their respective sergeants began calling roll, and the men responded to their names, after which they were assigned tent partners. Each soldier was given half a small white tent, and taught how to combine the two pieces in order to provide shelter. After they had built their temporary homes, they stood in line again to receive rations, and were served breakfast on tin plates that they were instructed to keep, as well as tin cups. They indulged in cornbread, steak, fried potatoes, eggs, and coffee, all provided by the local townsfolk. Upon finishing their meal, they lined up to receive additional provisions, including haversacks, gum cloths, canteens, blankets, and roll straps. Smooth-bored muskets were distributed to those without their own guns, to which the men grunted, knowing the weapons were relics. Some of the soldiers who had brought along extra money purchased additional accoutrements from the commissary, but they soon found out that the items were significantly overpriced, so most did without.

(Page 33)
Struggling with their obsolete weapons, the soldiers bit off cartridges and loaded their muskets as rapidly as they could. All the while, Colonel Jones sat calmly atop Old Battalion with one leg draped across the pommel of his saddle, observing the enemy’s movements. Upon his command, the North Alabamians rose to deliver a volley, and after waiting for his signal, fell back upon the cool, damp earth. They were spread from the cornfield on their right to a pine woodlot on their left. The men fought on for over an hour, with only artillery to support them.

(Page 41)
They wheeled around to see a young soldier eyeing them from under his forage cap, aiming his musket at them like he was ready to shoot them.

(Page 48)
The week drifted by, and the weather grew so cold that David could see his breath when he went outside. He wished to travel, but knew he was confined to the farm, so he occupied himself by creating Christmas gifts for his family. His father had taught him how to whittle, and he had to admit to himself that he was getting pretty good at it. The intricate details he included in his carvings were incorporated into his mother’s and siblings’ gifts, consisting of wooden hair pins, broaches, and bangles. For his father, he made a wooden shelf for his musket, to place over the fieldstone fireplace. That way, when Hiram returned, he wouldn’t have to leave it on the mantel, which was now occupied by a tintype of his likeness in uniform, and a clock gifted to Caroline by her beloved on their wedding day.

(Page 80)
Late that evening, the corps’ two brigades were positioned to advance through the narrow gap, which was only wide enough to allow for railroad tracks and a road. The steep, craggy sides prevented the Confederates from seeing in any direction but straight ahead. They chased the retreating Yankees, firing their rifles and muskets continuously while they pursued, the clatter of their guns echoing through the gap. The 4th was directed to climb the slope in an attempt to flank their retreating enemy, and after much difficulty, they succeeded at nightfall. The men bivouacked, where they sustained themselves on hardtack and tobacco.

(Page 80)
The men were forced to tolerate heavy artillery fire and skirmishing until 4:00 p.m., when the fighting started in earnest. Hiram knelt to load his musket, stood, and fired on command with his comrades, who were positioned in a line. The veterans continued pouring shot and shell into their foe, some falling randomly to the ground as they were hit. He heard a gun go off behind him, and a man down the line from him fell dead. A group of soldiers behind him started yelling, creating a commotion.

(Page 84)
That evening, the regiment was ordered to position itself on the Sharpsburg and Hagerstown Pike, about a mile from Sharpsburg near the Dunker Church, which was a simple, small, whitewashed, one-story structure sans steeple. The men learned that it was named after German Baptist immigrants, who baptized their brethren in the creek, thus acquiring the nickname “dunkers.” The soldiers remained there under heavy shelling throughout the next day until sunset, when McClellan sent a force across the Antietam River, so they moved forward to meet it. They marched through an open field while a cyclone of shells burst around them, and along with the clatter of their musketry, created such a ruckus that their commanders’ orders were lost in the din. Few were hit, however, and as dusk set in, the explosion of colors set off by the shells gave a spectacular display.

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Chapter 2: Chapter Two
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"... and sisters into the wagon before he climbed up onto the driver’s seat. Hiram placed his satchel and musket into the bed, and took his seat beside him. “All right, then, let’s go!” he exclaimed with a smile. David slapped the reins, and the family set off for Huntsville. After riding ..."

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Chapter 3: Chapter Three
"...plates that they were instructed to keep, as well as tin cups. They indulged in cornbread, steak, fried potatoes, eggs, and coffee, all provided by the local townsfolk. Upon finishing their meal, they lined up to receive additional provisions, including haversacks, gum cloths, canteens, blankets, and roll straps. Smooth-bored muskets were distributed to those without their own guns, to which the men grunted, knowing the weapons were relics. Some of the soldiers who had brought along extra money purchased additional accoutrements from the commissary, but they soon found out that the items were significantly overpriced, so most did without. ..."
"...Struggling with their obsolete weapons, the soldiers bit off cartridges and loaded their muskets as rapidly as they could. All the while, Colonel Jones sat calmly atop Old Battalion with one leg draped across the pommel of his saddle, observing the enemy’s movements. Upon his command, the North Alabamians rose to deliver a volley, and after waiting for his signal, fell back upon ..."

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Chapter 4: Chapter Four
76.
"... when the officer yelled, “At ease.” “What are you two doin’ here?” They wheeled around to see a young soldier eyeing them from under his forage cap, aiming his musket at them like he was ready to shoot them. “Nothin’,” replied Jake. “We were jist observin’.” “Oh, you ..."

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Chapter 5: Chapter Five
"...and he had to admit to himself that he was getting pretty good at it. The intricate details he included in his carvings were incorporated into his mother’s and siblings’ gifts, consisting of wooden hair pins, broaches, and bangles. For his father, he made a wooden shelf for his musket, to place over the fieldstone fireplace. That way, when Hiram returned, he wouldn’t have to leave it on the mantel, which was now occupied by a tintype of his likeness in uniform, and a clock gifted to Caroline by her beloved on their wedding day. ..."

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Chapter 8: Chapter Eight
"...the corps’ two brigades were positioned to advance through the narrow gap, which was only wide enough to allow for railroad tracks and a road. The steep, craggy sides prevented the Confederates from seeing in any direction but straight ahead. They chased the retreating Yankees, firing their rifles and muskets continuously while they pursued, the clatter of their guns echoing through the gap. The 4th was directed to climb the slope in an attempt to flank their retreating enemy, and after much difficulty, they succeeded at nightfall. The men bivouacked, where they sustained themselves on hardtack and tobacco. ..."
"...The men were forced to tolerate heavy artillery fire and skirmishing until 4:00 p.m., when the fighting started in earnest. Hiram knelt to load his musket, stood, and fired on command with his comrades, who were positioned in a line. The veterans continued pouring shot and shell into their foe, some falling randomly to the ground as they were hit. He heard a gun go off behind him, and a man down the line from ..."

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Chapter 9: Chapter Nine
"...soldiers remained there under heavy shelling throughout the next day until sunset, when McClellan sent a force across the Antietam River, so they moved forward to meet it. They marched through an open field while a cyclone of shells burst around them, and along with the clatter of their musketry, created such a ruckus that their commanders’ orders were lost in the din. Few were hit, however, and as dusk set in, the explosion of colors set off by the shells gave a spectacular display. ..."

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