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“About this time Lord Loudoun sent the following volunteers in the regular troops, to be trained to the ranging, or wood-service, under my command and inspection; with particular orders to me to instruct them to the utmost of my power in the ranging-discipline, our methods of marching, retreating, ambushing, fighting &c. that they might be the better qualified for any future services against the enemy we had to contend with…” Robert Rogers, Journals, c. 1760
Hatchets are iconic in this way. Think about the very first order in Rogers Plan of Discipline (often incorrectly truncated and referred to as “Rogers Rules of Ranging”):
I. All Rangers are to be subject to the rules and articles of war; to appear at roll-call every evening on their own parade, equipped, each with a fire-lock, sixty rounds of powder and ball, and a hatchet, at which time an officer from each company is to inspect the same, to see they are in order, so as to be ready on any emergency to march at a minute’s warning; and before they are dismissed the necessary guards are to be draughted, and scouts for the next day appointed.
XIII. In general, when pushed upon by the enemy, reserve your fire till they approach very near, which will put them into the greater surprise and consternation, and give you an opportunity of rushing upon them with your hatchets and cutlasses to the better advantage.
Sounds legit to us.
That damn Russian who writes for us had a different take on it.
Ha ha Timka, you’re funny. Or you would be if we didn’t think you were serious.
Here are some more of the hacking implements our minions use.
We’re about to go on a tomahawk/hatchet kick and are on the lookout for some to check out to prepare for our upcoming Hatchet and ‘Hawk Week. If you have some suggestions, let us know.
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