An excellent post by Hans-Karl adding greatly to this interesting thread. Always useful to be reminded how quickly exchanges of musketry degenerate into 'blazing away with gusto' and not much else. We are all familiar with studies (from these wars and the American Civil War) of the vast numbers of bullets that have to be expended to cause a single casualty. Even the famous British musketry doesn't improve all that much on the average number of bullets fired per casualty caused. If the British volleys do seem more effective, it is down to two things: the rolling fire by platoon that gives little respite from the musketry, and the habit of their sergeants, with those anachronistic half-pikes (spontoons), laying them along the line of muskets to see the volley delivered at a uniform level and hence with maximum effect.