The Cannoneers Have Hairy Ears
Stripped to the waist, streaming with sweat, the men on the guns were fighting it out with the British squadron
SWEAT AND GUNPOWDER make a paste that sticks to a man's face like a black mask, but the American gunners of Fort Sullivan discovered that rum is an excellent solvent. All of them had pale circles around their mouths after the wooden bucket of grog was passed around, and a few enthusiasts could show a cleared area extending as far back as the ears.
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