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Musket to blunderbuss ratio, Boston 1775

Alabama-born curly-haired brunette, daughter of a Baptist preacher and starlet  Dorothy Sebastian with blunderbuss and turkey

According to Abiel Holmes’s The Annals of America, Volume II, after the Battle of Lexington in 1775, British General Thomas Gage occupied Boston, Massachusetts, and after negotiating with the town committee, Gen. Gage graciously agreed to let the inhabitants of Boston leave town with their families and effects– so long as they surrendered all arms so that they would not be, in turn, used by the rebels besieging the city. While most of the residents of Boston elected to remain, those who left under the agreement surrendered 1,778 long arms, 634 pistols, 273 bayonets, and 38 blunderbusses.

Of course, the abbreviated nature of the blunderbuss may have meant that some were spirited out of town with personal luggage rather than handed over to the “lobster backs.”