Fue de Joie Kicks Things Off

2014-09-13 15.34.37Imagine a couple of hundred soldiers firing their muskets one after another in a continuous sound.

That’s the fue de joie, a rifle salute fired by soldiers on a ceremonial occasion, and it will be heard and seen at the opening of the Revolutionary War re-enactment at Vicksburg Recreation Park at dusk, June 24.

The feu de joie – literally, “the firing of joy” – began hundreds of years ago, with companies discharging their muskets one soldier at a time, going from right to left and back to front.

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