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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.

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Vol. III.

EVOLUTIONS OF A BRIGADE AND CORPS D’ARMÉE

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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.


TABLE OF CONTENTS.

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VOL. III.

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CHANGES.


 TITLE VI.

EVOLUTIONS OF A BRIGADE.

General principles for the evolutions of a brigade (No. 1)

Posts of the brigadier-general in line and in column (No. 3)

General rules for commands (No. 7)

Position of the brigade battery (No. 17)

Position of the cavalry of the brigade (No. 20)

PART FIRST.

ARTICLE I.

To open and to close ranks (No. 21)

ARTICLE II.

Manual of arms (No. 25)

ARTICLE III.

Loading at will and the firings (No. 26)

Remarks on firing (No. 45)

To rest (No. 48)

To stack arms (No. 52)

PART SECOND.

ARTICLE I.

To break to the front, to the right or left into column (No. 58)

To break to the right to march to the left (No. 63)

Remarks (No. 67)

ARTICLE II.

To break to the rear by the right or left into column (No. 68)

ARTICLE III.

To ploy the line into close column or in mass, in rear of first division first battalion (No. 72)

To ploy the line in rear or front of last division fourth battalion (No. 86)

To ploy the line on first or last division of an interior battalion (No. 88)

Remarks in ploying a line into a column closed in mass (No. 93)

PART THIRD.

ARTICLE I.

To march in column at full distance (No. 95)

ARTICLE II.

Column in route (No. 103)

Remarks (No. 108)

ARTICLE III.

To change direction in column at full distance (No. 109)

ARTICLE IV.

To halt the column (No. 112)

Remarks (No. 119)

ARTICLE V.

To close the column or the leading company to half distance or in mass (No. 121)

To close the column on the rearmost company (No. 129)

To close the column on an interior battalion (No. 139)

Remarks (No. 143)

ARTICLE VI.

To march in column at half distance or closed in mass (No. 146)

ARTICLE VII.

To change direction in column at half distance (No. 150)

ARTICLE VIII.

To change direction in column closed in mass in marching (No. 151)

To change a direction from a halt (No. 155)

ARTICLE IX.

Being in column at half distance or closed in mass, to take distances by the head or column (No. 162)

To take distances on the rear or the column (No. 166)

To take distances on the head of the column (No. 178)

To take distances on an interior battalion (No. 189)

Remarks on taking distances (No. 198)

ARTICLE X.

Countermarch at full or half distance (No. 199)

Countermarch or a column closed in mass (No. 204)

ARTICLE XI.

Being in column by company to form divisions (No. 208)

Being in column by company to form divisions on a march (No. 214)

Remarks on the position of the battery in the column (No. 215)

Position of the cavalry (No. 218)

PART FOURTH.

ARTICLE I.

Manner of determining the line of battle (No. 219)

ARTICLE II.

Mode of passing from column at full distance into line of battle (No. 220)

By inversion to the right or left into line of battle (No. 225)

Successive formations (No. 232)

ARTICLE III.

Column at half distance to the left or right into line or battle (No. 237)

Column at half distance on the right or left into line of battle (No. 240)

Column at half distance forward into line of battle (No. 254)

Remarks on forming forward into line of battle (No. 263)

Column at half distance faced to the rear into line of battle (No. 271)

To form into line faced to the rear without halting (No. 281)

ARTICLE IV.

Column closed in mass forward into line of battle or into line faced to the rear (No. 282)

ARTICLE V.

Formations into line of battle composed of two movements (No. 283)

ARTICLE VI.

Deployment by battalions in mass (No. 288)

To deploy by battalion in mass, faced to the front, on first battalion (No. 289)

To deploy by battalion in mass, faced to the front, on first battalion without halting (No. 303)

To deploy in mass on fourth battalion (No. 304)

Line or battle on third, to deploy in mass on third battalion (No. 316)

Line of battle on third to deploy in mass on the second battalion (No. 322)

To deploy battalions in mass faced to the rear (No. 330)

To deploy battalions in mass faced to the left (No. 331)

To deploy by battalions in mass faced to the right (No. 338)

To deploy by inversion faced to the right (No. 339)

To deploy by battalions in mass, oblique to the front or rear (No. 344)

Remarks on the movements of the battalions of the second line (No. 347)

Remarks on the disposition of the brigade battery in formations from column into line (No. 348)

To advance in line of battalions in mass (No. 350)

To halt a line of battalions in mass, marching in advance and to align it (No. 362)

The line marching in advance to cause it to change direction (No. 367)

Remarks (No. 378)

To march the line in retreat (No. 379)

To change direction of the line marching in retreat (No. 388)

To break the line formed by battalion in mass into column (No. 394)

To ploy the line of masses into column (No. 399)

To ploy the line of masses into column while marching (No. 409)

Remarks on forming a column closed in mass from a line of battalions in mass (No. 410)

To take deploying intervals from a line formed by battalions in mass (No. 411)

To take deploying intervals forward either parallel or oblique (No. 418)

Remarks on disposition of companies of skirmishers in a line of battalions in mass (No. 425)

Remarks on inversions (No. 426)

PART FIFTH.

ARTICLE I.

To advance in line of battle deployed (No. 430)

General remarks on the march in line or battle (No. 457)

ARTICLE II.

To halt the line and to align it (No. 463)

ARTICLE III.

Change of direction marching in line of battle (No. 474)

Remarks on changes or direction marching in line of battle (No. 488)

ARTICLE IV.

To retreat in line of battle (No. 490)

ARTICLE V.

To halt the line marching in retreat, and to align it (No. 496)

ARTICLE VI.

Change of direction marching in retreat (No. 498)

ARTICLE VII.

March in line of battle of a line of battalions in columns (No. 501)

To cause the line of columns to advance (No. 514)

Remarks on the march of a line of battalion columns with deploying intervals (No. 534)

To halt the line of columns and to deploy it (No. 538)

The line of columns marching in advance to cause it to change direction (No. 546)

To cause the line of columns to march in retreat (No. 554)

To halt the line of columns marching in retreat and to align it (No. 558)

The line of columns marching in retreat, to cause it to change direction (No. 560)

To close the intervals of a line of columns (No. 565)

ARTICLE VIII.

March in line of battle of a line of deployed battalions by the flanks of companies (No. 573)

ARTICLE IX.

March in line of battle of a line of battalions formed in division columns (No. 575)

Remarks on the disposition of the artillery with lines of battle (No. 577)

ARTICLE X.

To pass a defile in front (No. 578)

Remarks on the passage of defiles in advancing (No. 595)

Remarks on the disposition of the companies of skirmishers in passing a defile to the front (No. 600)

Remarks on the passage of the defile in front by the second line (No. 602)

ARTICLE XI.

To pass a defile in retreat (No. 603)

Remarks on the disposition of the skirmishers in passing the defile in retreat (No. 615)

Remark on the passing of the defile in retreat by the second line (No. 616)

Remarks on the disposition of the artillery in passing defile in front or in retreat (No. 617)

ARTICLE XII.

Perpendicular change of front forward (No. 619)

Change of front to the rear (No. 629)

Central changes of front (No. 637)

Oblique changes of front (No. 644)

Remark on changes of front (No. 647)

Changes of front of two lines (No. 648)

ARTICLE XIII.

Order in echelon (No. 649)

Direct echelons in advancing (No. 651)

Direct echelons in retreat (No. 663)

Oblique echelons (No. 671)

Remarks on the order in echelons (No. 682)

ARTICLE XIV.

To retreat by alternate battalions (No. 688)

To reform the line (No. 700)

Remarks on the retreat by alternate battalions (No. 702)

Remarks on the movements of the artillery in retreating by alternate battalions (No. 705)

ARTICLE XV.

Passage of lines (No. 706)

Remarks on the disposition of the artillery in the passage of lines (No. 717)

ARTICLE XVI.

Dispositions against cavalry (No. 719)

To form square echelons by battalions from column at half distance (No. 721)

To form square echelons by battalions from column at full distance (No. 727)

To form square echelons by battalions from column closed in mass (No. 728)

To form square when in column at half distance (No. 729)

To form square when in column closed in mass (No. 731)

To form square from line of battle (No. 734)

Oblique squares (No. 740)

To re-form the line (No. 746)

Remark on oblique squares (No. 753)

Remarks on the disposition of the artillery with the squares (No. 754)


TITLE VII.

EVOLUTIONS OF A CORPS D’ARMÉE.

General principles for the evolutions of a corps d’armée (No. 1)

A division of the line (No. 2)

Posts of the general-in-chief, of the major-generals, brigadier-generals, in line and in column (No. 4)

General rules for commands (No. 13)

PART FIRST.

ARTICLE I.

To open and close ranks (No. 23)

ARTICLE II.

Loading at will and the firings (No. 23)

ARTICLE III.

To cause the line to rest (No. 23)

PART SECOND.

ARTICLE I.

To break to the front, to the right or left, into column (No. 25)

ARTICLE II.

To break to the rear by the right or left into column (No. 29)

ARTICLE III.

To ploy the line into column or in mass (No. 30)

PART THIRD.

ARTICLE I.

To march in column a full distance (No. 36)

ARTICLE II.

Column in route (No. 36)

ARTICLE III.

To change direction in column at full distance (No. 36)

ARTICLE IV.

To halt the column and to align it (No. 36)

ARTICLE V.

To close to half distance or in mass (No. 38)

ARTICLE VI.

To march in column at half distance or closed in mass (No. 40)

ARTICLE VII.

To change direction in column at half distance (No. 40)

ARTICLE VIII.

To change direction in column closed in mass (No. 40)

ARTICLE IX.

Being in column at half distance, or closed in mass, to take distances (No. 42)

ARTICLE X.

Countermarch (No. 44)

ARTICLE XI.

Being in column by company to form divisions (No. 44)

PART FOURTH.

ARTICLE I.

Manner of determining the line of battle (No. 45)

ARTICLE II.

Mode of passing from column at full distance into line of battle (No. 46)

ARTICLE III.

Different modes of passing from column at half distance into line of battle (No. 46)

ARTICLE IV.

Column closed in mass formed into line of battle (No. 46)

ARTICLE V.

Formation into line of battle composed of two movements (No. 46)

Remarks on the formation in line (No. 49)

ARTICLE VI.

Deployment by battalion in mass (No. 52)

Movements which may be executed by a line of battalions in mass (No. 57)

Remarks on inversion (No. 59)

PART FIFTH.

ARTICLE I.

To advance in line of battle, deployed (No. 60)

ARTICLE II.

To halt the line and to align it (No. 60)

ARTICLE III.

Change of direction marching in line of battle (No. 60)

ARTICLE IV.

To retreat in line of battle (No. 60)

ARTICLE V.

To halt the line marching in retreat and to align it (No. 60)

ARTICLE VI.

Change of direction marching in retreat (No. 60)

ARTICLE VII.

March in line of battle of a line of brigades formed in battalion columns (No. 60)

ARTICLE VII.

March in line of battle by the flank of companies (No. 60)

ARTICLE IX.

March in line of battle formed in division columns (No. 60)

ARTICLE X.

To pass the defile in front (No. 63)

ARTICLE XI.

To pass the defile in rear (No. 63)

ARTICLE XII.

Changes of front (No. 65)

ARTICLE XIII.

Order in echelon (No. 65)

ARTICLE XIV.

To retreat by alternate battalions (No. 65)

ARTICLE XV.

Passage of lines (No. 65)

ARTICLE XVI.

Dispositions against cavalry (No. 65)

Remarks on-the formation of the infantry of the reserve (No. 68)

Constitution of the reserve (No. 69)


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Transcribed by Scott Gutzke, 2004-2006.


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