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INFANTRY TACTICS,

FOR THE

INSTRUCTION, EXERCISE, AND MANŒUVRES

OF

THE SOLDIER, A COMPANY, LINE OF SKIRMISHERS,

BATTALION, BRIGADE,

OR

CORPS D’ARMÉE.

 

BY

BRIG.-GEN. SILAS CASEY,

U. S. ARMY.

____________________

Vol. I.

SCHOOLS OF THE SOLDIER AND COMPANY.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SKIRMISHERS AND MUSIC.

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NEW YORK:

D. VAN NOSTRAND, 192 BROADWAY

1862.


Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1862,

By D. VAN NOSTRAND,

In the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the United States,

for the Southern District of New York.


WAR DEPARTMENT,

WASHINGTON, August 11, 1862.

 

The System of Infantry Tactics, prepared by Brigadier General SILAS CASEY, U.S.A., having been approved by the President, is adopted for the instruction of the Infantry of the Armies of the United States, whether Regular, Volunteer, or Militia, with the following modifications viz.:—

First. – That portion which requires that two companies shall be permanently detached from the battalion as skirmishers, will be suspended.

Second. – In Title First, Article First, the following will be substituted for paragraph 6, viz.:

“A regiment is composed of ten companies, which will be habitually posted from right to left in the following order: first, sixth, fourth, ninth, third, eighth, fifth, tenth, seventh, second, according to the rank of Captains.”

 

EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War


TABLE OF CONTENTS.

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VOL. I.

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PREFACE


TITLE I.

ARTICLE I.

FORMATION OF INFANTRY IN ORDER OF BATTLE.

Formation if line of battle composed of several brigades (No. 1)

Formation in line of battle of a brigade (No. 5)

Formation in line of battle of a regiment (No. 6)

Position of companies of skirmishers (No. 9)

Manner of forming company in two ranks (No. 15)

Posts of company officers, sergeants, and corporals (No. 19)

Posts of field officers and regimental staff (No. 33)

Posts of field music and band (No. 41)

Color guards (No. 43)

General guides (No. 47)

ARTICLE II.

Instruction of the battalion (No. 49)

Instruction of officers (No. 60)

Instruction of sergeants (No. 63)

Instruction of corporals (No. 66)

Commands (No. 69)


TITLE II.

SCHOOL OF THE SOLDIER

PART FIRST.

General rules and division of the School of the Soldier (No. 77)

LESSON I.

Position of the soldier (No. 85)

Remarks on position of a soldier (No. 86)

Eyes right, left, front (No. 87)

Rest, attention (No. 92)

LESSON II.

Facings (No. 95)

LESSON III.

Principles of the direct step—common time (No. 101)

Quick time (No. 109)

LESSON IV.

Principles of the double quick step (No. 111)

PART SECOND.

General rules (No. 125)

LESSON I.

Principles of shouldered arms (No. 127)

LESSON II.

Manual of arms (No. 134)

Support arms, rest at support arms (No. 139)

Shoulder arms, from support arms (No. 147)

Present arms (No. 150)

Shoulder arms from present arms (No. 152)

Order arms (No. 154)

Position of order arms (No. 156)

Shoulder arms from order arms (No. 161)

Load in nine times from the shoulder (No. 163)

Ready (No. 178)

Aim (No. 181)

Fire (No. 184)

Load from position of aim (No. 186)

Shoulder arms from the position of aim (No. 189)

Recover arms (No. 191)

Shoulder arms from position of loading (No. 193)

Load in eight times (No. 195)

Fix bayonet (No. 197)

Shoulder arms from position of fix bayonet (No. 200)

Charge bayonet (No. 202)

Shoulder arms from position of charge bayonet (No. 204)

Trail arms (No. 206)

Shoulder arms from position of trail arms (No. 208)

Unfix bayonet (No. 209)

Shoulder arms from position of unfix bayonet (No. 211)

Secure arms (No. 213)

Shoulder arms from position of secure arms (No. 216)

Right shoulder shift arms from position of shoulder arms (No. 219)

Shoulder arms from position of right shoulder shift arms (No. 221)

Right shoulder shift arms from position of support arms (No. 224)

Support arms from position of right shoulder shift arms (No. 226)

Arms at will (No. 228)

Ground arms (No. 231)

Raise arms (No. 233)

Inspection of arms (No. 235)

Spring rammers (No. 243)

To mark time (No. 249)

To change step (No. 253)

To march backward (No. 255)

LESSON III.

To load in four times (No. 259)

To load at will (No. 265)

LESSON IV.

The direct fire (No. 269)

Cease firing (No. 274)

Position of two ranks in oblique fire to the right (No. 276)

Position of two ranks in oblique fire to the left (No. 279)

To fire by file (No. 282)

To fire by rank (No. 292)

LESSON V.

To fire and load kneeling (No. 299)

To fire and load lying (No. 307)

LESSON VI.

Bayonet exercise (No. 313)

Guard against infantry (No. 314)

Guard against cavalry (No. 317)

PART THIRD.

LESSON I.

Alignments (No. 320)

Right or left dress, front (No. 326)

Right or left backward dress, front (No. 331)

LESSON II.

To march to the front (No. 334)

Right or left oblique (No. 340)

To march to the front in double quick time (No. 343)

To face about in marching (No. 352)

To face about and halt (No. 355)

To march backward (No. 356)

LESSON III.

The march by the flank (No. 362)

To change by file to left or right (No. 372)

To face by right or left flank in marching (No. 374)

To face by right or left flank and halt (No. 379)

To march by flank in double quick time (No. 381)

LESSON IV.

General principles of wheeling (No. 390)

Right or left wheel from a halt (No. 396)

Remarks on the principles of the wheel from a halt (No. 405)

Wheeling in marching on a movable pivot (No. 406)

Right or left wheel when marching (No. 407)

Turning or changing directions to the side of the guide (No. 413)

Wheeling and changing direction to the side of the guide in double quick time (No. 416)

LESSON V.

Long marches in double quick time, and the run (No. 418)

To stack arms (No. 423)

To break ranks (No. 426)

To resume arms (No. 427)


TITLE III.

SCHOOL OF THE COMPANY.

General rules and division of the School of the Company (No. 1)

In each rank count twos (No. 4)

LESSON I.

To open ranks (No. 8)

Alignments in open ranks (No. 18)

Manual of arms (No. 26)

To close ranks (No. 28)

Alignments and manual of arms in closed ranks (No. 30)

In place, rest (No. 37)

LESSON II. 

To load in four times and at will (No. 44)

To fire by company (No. 48)

To fire by file (No. 55)

To fire by rank (No. 58)

To fire by the rear-rank (No. 68)

LESSON III

To advance in line of battle (No. 84)

To halt the company marching in line of battle, and to align it (No. 99)

Oblique march in line of battle (No. 101)

To mark time, to march in double quick time, and the back step (No. 109)

To march in retreat (No. 119)

LESSON IV. 

To march by the flank (No. 137)

To change direction by file (No. 144)

To halt the company marching by the flank and to face it to the front (No. 147)

The company being in march by the flank, to form it on the right (or left) by file, into line of battle (No. 150)

The company being in march by the flank, to form it by company or by platoon into line, and cause it to face to the right and left in marching (No. 155)

LESSON V.

To break into column by platoon either at a halt or on march (No. 176)

To march in column (No. 200)

To change direction (No. 216)

To halt the column (No. 236)

Being in column by platoon to form to the right or left into line of battle either at a halt or on the march (No. 240)

LESSON VI.

To break the company into platoons and to reform the company (No. 270)

Being in column, to break files to the rear and to cause them to re-enter into line (No. 294)

To march in column in route, and to execute the movements incident thereto (No. 311)

Countermarch (No. 343)

Being in column by platoon to form on the right or left into line of battle (No. 352)

Formation of a company from two ranks into single rank and reciprocally (No. 368)

Formation of a company from two ranks into four and reciprocally at a halt and marching (No. 380)


TITLE IV.

INSTRUCTION FOR SKIRMISHERS. 

General principles and division of the Instruction (No. 1)

ARTICLE I.

Deployments (No. 15)

To deploy forward (No. 22)

To deploy by the flank (No. 37)

To extend intervals (No. 51)

To close intervals (No. 59)

To relieve a company deployed as skirmishers (No. 66)

ARTICLE II.

To advance in line (No. 70)

To retreat in line (No. 79)

To change direction (No. 86)

To march by the flank (No. 96)

ARTICLE III. 

To fire at a halt (No. 107)

To fire marching (No. 111)

ARTICLE IV. 

The rally (No. 127)

To form column to march in any direction (No. 146)

The assembly (No. 163)

ARTICLE V. 

To deploy a battalion as skirmishers (No. 172)

To rally the battalion deployed as skirmishers (No. 193)


MANUAL OF THE SWORD OR SABRE, FOR OFFICERS.

Position of the sword or sabre, under arms

To salute with the sword or sabre

COLOR-SALUTE.

Color-salute

MANUAL FOR RELIEVING SENTINELS.

To relieve sentinels

INSTRUCTION FOR THE DRUM-MAJOR (OR PRINCIPAL MUSICIAN).

General calls on the drum

Beats on the drum for skirmishers

General calls on the bugle

Calls on the bugle for skirmishers

Signals of the drum-major for the principal beats and sounds

Signals for the manœuvres of the field music and band

To ground drums, &c.

BEATS OF THE DRUM.

Explanation of the signs for the drum

Length and proportion of the notes and rests

General calls on the drum

Beats on the drum for skirmishers

Explanation of the signs for the bugle

General calls on the bugle

Calls on the bugle for skirmishers


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Transcribed by Scott Gutzke, 2004-2006.

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