Where does this leave the Civil War re-enactor? From the above evidence, calling individuals 'Musketeer Smith' or 'Pikeman Jones' is inaccurate for the mid-17th century. More properly, the rank and file soldier should be described as being a 'common soldier' or 'private soldier'. As for a term of address, the rank and file 'squaddie' of the Civil War period should simply be called by their given name.
Robert Hodkinson, July 2018
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