The British greatly emphasized mass line infantry fire and prized discipline.
In this regard, punishment was strict for deserters and disobedience.
The firing line allowed for the maximum number of muskets
to be brought to bare on a target, and therefore the highest volume of fire.
British soldiers were drilled extensively in the use of these primary weapons,
until they could load and fire their muskets with their eyes closed.
British officers usually armed themselves with flintlock pistols and sabers.