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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. II.

SCHOOL OF THE BATTALION.

____________________

 

 

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.


TABLE OF CONTENTS.

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VOL. II.

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CHANGES.


 TITLE V.

 SCHOOL OF THE BATTALION.

Formation of the battalion (No. 1)

Composition and march of color escort (No. 5)

Honors paid to colors (No. 12)

Escort of color off the field (No. 14)

General rules and division of the School of the Battalion (No. 19)

PART FIRST.

ARTICLE I.

To open and close ranks (No. 27)

ARTICLE II.

Manual of arms (No. 35)

ARTICLE III.

Loadings at will and firings (No. 37)

PART SECOND.

ARTICLE I.

To break by company to the right (No. 78)

To break by division (No. 87)

To recall skirmishers (No. 95)

To break the column forward without halting it (No. 97)

To break the battalion marching in line of battle (No. 103)

ARTICLE II.

To break to the rear by the right or left of companies (No. 108)

Battalion marching to break to the rear (No. 118)

To advance or retire by the right of companies (No. 135)

Battalion marching in line to advance or retire by right of companies (No. 145)

Advancing or retiring by the right or left of companies to form line (No. 150)

Remarks on deployment of skirmishers in advancing or retiring by right or left of companies (No. 156)

ARTICLE III.

To ploy battalion into close column on the first division (No. 159)

To ploy the battalion into close column on the fourth division (No. 190)

To ploy the battalion on an interior division (No. 193)

The battalion being in march to ploy it on first division (No. 200)

Remarks on ploying the battalion into column (No. 213)

PART THIRD.

ARTICLE I.

To march in column at full distance (No. 216)

Column being in march to execute the about (No. 225)

Manner of prolonging a line of battle by markers (No. 228)

Remarks on the march in column (No. 232)

ARTICLE II.

Column in route (No. 239)

General remarks on the column in route (No. 260)

ARTICLE III.

To change direction in column at full distance (No. 273)

ARTICLE IV.

To halt the column (No. 286)

ARTICLE V.

To close the column to half distance or in mass on the leading company (No. 294)

To close the column on the eighth or rearmost company (No. 316)

Column being in march, to close on the eighth company (No. 325)

Remarks (No. 332)

ARTICLE VI.

To march in column at half distance or closed in mass (No. 335)

Remarks (No. 342)

ARTICLE VII.

To change direction in column at half distance (No. 343)

ARTICLE VIII. 

To change direction in column closed in mass, first, marching (No. 345)

To change direction in column closed in mass, second, from a halt (No. 365)

ARTICLE IX.

Being in column at half distance, or closed in mass, to take distances by the head of the column (No. 386)

To take distances on the rear of the column (No. 397)

To take distances on the head of the column (No. 408)

ARTICLE X.

To countermarch a column at full or half distance (No. 422)

To countermarch a column closed in mass (No. 424)

ARTICLE XI.

Being in column by company closed in mass, to form divisions (No. 437)

Column at a halt, at full or half distance, to form divisions (No. 453)

Column marching at full or half distance to form divisions (No. 456)

Remarks on the formation of divisions from a halt (No. 457)

PART FOURTH.

ARTICLE I.

Manner of determining the line of battle (No. 463)

ARTICLE II.

Column at full distance, right in front, to the left in-to line of battle (No. 464)

Same movement in column in march (No. 476)

Same movement, and to move the line forward (No. 478)

By inversion to the right or left into line of battle (No. 484)

Successive formations (No. 490)

ARTICLE III.

Column at half distance, to the left or right into line of battle (No. 492)

By the rear of column, to the left or right into line (No. 493)

Column at half distance on the right or left into line of battle (No. 500)

Remarks on the formation on the right or left into line (No. 523)

Column at half distance forward into line or battle (No. 530)

Column at half distance, faced to the rear into line of battle (No. 531)

ARTICLE IV.

Deployment of columns closed in mass (No. 555)

Deployment of column on first division (No. 558)

To deploy while marching on first division (No. 580)

To deploy from a halt on rearmost division (No. 591)

To deploy while in march on rearmost division (No. 610)

To deploy the column on an interior division (No. 621)

To deploy while in march on an interior division (No. 626)

Remarks on deployments of columns closed in mass (No. 632)

Remarks on inversions (No. 639)

PART FIFTH.

ARTICLE I.

To advance in line of battle (No. 648)

Remarks on the advance in line of battle (No. 679)

ARTICLE II.

Oblique march in line of battle (No. 686)

Remarks on the oblique march (No. 696)

ARTICLE III.

To halt the battalion marching, in line of battle, and to align it (No. 699)

ARTICLE IV.

Change of direction in marching in line of battle (No. 717)

ARTICLE V.

To march in retreat in line of battle (No. 730)

ARTICLE VI.

To halt the battalion marching in retreat and to face it to the front (No. 744)

ARTICLE VII.

Change of direction in marching in retreat (No. 751)

ARTICLE VIII. 

Passage of obstacles advancing and retreating (No. 753)

Remarks on the disposition or the companies of skirmishers, and of the battalion companies when deployed as such (No. 785)

ARTICLE IX.

To pass a defile in retreat by the right or left flank (No. 788)

Remarks on the disposition of the companies of skirmishers in passing a defile (No. 802)

ARTICLE X.

To march by the flank (No. 805)

ARTICLE XI.

To form the battalion on the right or left by file into line of battle (No. 820)

Remarks (No. 828)

ARTICLE XII.

Change of front perpendicularly forward (No. 830)

Same movement, the battalion being in march (No. 843)

Change of front perpendicularly to the rear (No. 852)

Remarks on changes of front (No. 871)

ARTICLE XIII.

To ploy the battalion into column doubled on the centre (No. 874)

To form double column marching (No. 889)

Remarks on disposition of companies of skirmishers in the ployments of double column (No. 901)

To ploy the battalion into division columns (No. 903)

To form division columns marching (No. 914)

To close division columns in mass and to take distances (No. 921)

To advance in a line of division columns (No. 922)

Passage of obstacles advancing or retiring in a line of division columns (No. 924)

To form double column from line of division columns (No. 928)

To form line of division columns from double column (No. 931)

Same movement while marching (No. 941)

Deployment of double column faced to the front (No. 946)

Same movement while marching (No. 953)

To form the double column into line of battle faced to the right or left (No. 958)

Same movement while marching (No. 965)

Same, and to move the battalion forward (No. 970)

Remarks on the deployment of the double column (No. 976)

To deploy a line of division columns (No. 979)

Remarks on the line of division columns (No. 981)

To form double column from simple column by company (No. 982)

ARTICLE XIV.

Column by company at half distance, right in front, at a halt to form square (No. 999)

Same movement while in march (No. 1019)

If the column be at full instead of half distance (No. 1029)

If the column be by division, double or simple, and in mass, to form square (No. 1039)

If this column be in march (No. 1043)

Battalion being in square, to advance less than thirty paces (No. 1049)

To halt the square (No. 1056)

The battalion being in square to form column to advance a greater distance than thirty paces (No. 1060)

To march the square in retreat a greater distance than thirty paces (No. 1070)

To reduce the square (No. 1086)

Remarks on the rallying of skirmishers (No. 1089)

To form square from line of battle (No. 1090)

To ploy the battalion into column upon flank division to form square (No. 1093)

Same movement when marching (No. 1096)

To ploy the battalion into double column to form square (No. 1100)

Same movement when marching (No. 1103)

To form square forward on the centre companies (No. 1106)

Same movement when marching (No. 1123)

To form square in four ranks from column by company at half or full distance (No. 1127)

Square formed in four ranks reduced, to form battalion in two ranks (No. 1133)

The column in march, with divisions in four ranks, to re-form in two ranks (No. 1138)

The battalion in line to form square in four ranks, or flank division (No. 1141)

Same movement, battalion in march (No. 1147)

To form perpendicular square in four ranks by double column (No. 1151)

Same movement, battalion in march (No. 1156)

To form square in four ranks in line by forward on the centre (No. 1160)

The same movement, the battalion being in march (No. 1163)

To form oblique square from line of battle (No. 1167)

To form oblique square from battalion in column (No. 1174)

Remarks on the formation of squares and the rallying of skirmishers (No. 1182)

Column against cavalry (No. 1201)

To form column (No. 1207)

ARTICLE XV.

The rally (No. 1212)

ARTICLE XVI.

Rules for manœuvring by the rear rank (No. 1218)


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Transcribed by Scott Gutzke, 2004-2006.


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