18th Centrury English Question

In this paragraph which describes American riflemen of the 1700’s:

what does the phrase “and can easily bring a folded bayonet off their leg” mean?

Can’t answer the question, but the title might work better as “18th Century Weapons Question”. :slight_smile:

According to the Shorter O.E.D., an obsolete meaning of bayonet is simply “short flat dagger”. My guess, therefore, is that the writer is saying that not only are the mountaineers crack shots, they all pack folding knives (as in a jack-knife, but mean).

In short, as was the case with Clifton Clowers 200 years later, they were mighty handy with a gun and a knife, and you should stay off their mountain.