No army can act without light troops. Its operations and even existence depends upon them. Such light troops ought properly to be composed of select chasseurs with rifles, light infantry with (muskets &) bayonets, and light dragoons or hussars…
Lt. Colonel Andreas Emmerich, a German Jager officer during the Seven Years War and the American War of Independence, on the importance of light infantry.
Quoted from: The Partisan in War: Or the Use of a Corps of Light Troops to an Army (1789) [source]