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• Introduction: The author explains why he rewrote "Sharpe's Skirmish", saying his original had been written in haste and the quality lacking.

• It is 1812 and Sharpe has been sent to guard the road and bridge at San Miguel to keep open the British supply lines and guard Major Tubbs and his men.

• Sharpe meets Major Tubbs, a supply officer who is inspecting about 5,000 French muskets for their quality that were left behind at the fort.

• In addition to the muskets, numerous bottles of wine were also abandoned by the French, and Sharpe orders Harper to break the bottles.

• Harper partially follows orders and breaks some of the bottles, but saves a number of them.
• Sharpe pretends to see strange uniforms and orders Lieutenant Price to drill his men.

• Sharpe later admits he saw no uniforms but wanted the men to stay alert.

• A group of Spanish...

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