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Firing of the Noon Gun

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Soldiers in barracks and in the field had their working day regulated by the firing of a cannon. The morning gun, fired around daybreak, starts the soldier's working day, and fife and drum would perform the reveille to signal soldiers to ready themselves for duty. The noon gun signaled the end of morning drills and work parties, and a start to preparing the midday meal. The evening gun signals the end of the workday, when paroles and passwords were given to the troops along with orders for the next day, and pickets and guards are posted.