Cartridge Pouch

Although Line Sergeants have no need of a cartridge pouch, they were a necessary part of a Light Company Sergeant's kit. He would wear the black, leather box on his right hip. It was closed by a flap to prevent accidental discharges, and the soldier was forced to open it to load every shot. In the War of 1812, different members of the Royal Scots likely had different cartridge pouches. Some of the men would have carried the old style, that held 36 rounds in individual holes in a wooden block. There would be 18 rounds on each side of the block and he would be forced to turn the block when he ran out of ammunition. Some of the Royal Scots would have received the new (as of 1805) cartridge pouch that held 60 rounds in tin compartments.