The British Navy – Musketry Drill – “Prepare to Receive Cavalry”


Navy troops practicing defense against the cavalry?

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This incongruous image shows sailors in the British Navy practicing musketry drills on the lower deck of a masted sailing ship. Their formation is designed as an effective defense against cavalry, but how the horses would manage to get aboard, one is left to speculate.

Issued as a supplement to the May 25, 1878 issue of Harper’s Weekly magazine.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1878

Author: Harper's Weekly

Sheet Width (in): 21.40

Sheet Height (in): 15.40

Condition: A

Condition Description: Light creasing along centerfold and faint toning visible in the margins.


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