Bayonets — The Brown Bess bayonet measured 2 1I inches in length including the socket. That of the French musket model 1763 measured 17J inches including the socket. They are shown flanking picture No. 13, the Charleville being marked d, the other g. The Americans used bayonets copied from these two kinds, and those of all sorts of designs made by country blacksmiths — that is, when they had bayonets. Probably not one half the American army had bayonets. The German bayonet is unknown. The Ferguson rifle was equipped with a bayonet 25 inches in length, i\ inches wide, flat and lithe. A bayonet was carried in a scabbard attached to a belt hung from the shoulder; the cartridge box being carried the same way on the opposite side of the body, the belts therefore crossed at about the center of the breast. The crossing was secured and marked by a buckle; hence the famous American order, "Aim for their buckles."
Sawyer, Charles. Firearms in American History. Boston: The Author,
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