August 27, 1814 (continued)

The man led me outside where he showed me to the area where I saw men practicing how to load their their arms. He told me that after I had finished practicing that I should go over to taking aim. Also, I should not go on to the next thing unless I thought I was ready and could do what he required.

This was going to be easy for me. At least I thought so because it looked that way, but I had a feeling that it was going to be easier said than done.

For the next three weeks, we did those two things prior to being placed in a certain spot at Fort McHenry and remembering it. I had everything in my mind and could remember it easily.

This was the last day to do drills and practice with our arms.

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