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Movements which may be executed by a line of battalions in mass.

1st. To advance in line.

2nd. To halt the line marching in advance, and to align it.

3rd. The line marching in advance, to cause it to change direction.

4th. To march the line in retreat.

5th. To change direction of the line marching in retreat.

6th. To break the line formed by battalion in mass into column.

7th. To ploy the line of masses into column.

8th. To take deploying intervals from a line formed by battalion in mass.

57. The movements above prescribed, will be executed according to the principles indicated Nos. 23 and 24.

58. In ploying a line of masses into column, each brigade will ploy as if by itself, and it will then be conducted into the general column as indicated No. 31.

REMARKS ON INVERSION.

59. The principles prescribed in the E. B., No. 426 and following, for breaking or ploying into column a single brigade, are applicable to a line of many brigades.

PART FIFTH. 

ARTICLE I.

To advance in line of battle deployed.

ARTICLE II.

To halt the line and to align it.

ARTICLE III.

Change of direction, marching in line of battle.

ARTICLE IV.

To retreat in line of battle.

ARTICLE V.

To halt the line marching in retreat, and to align it.

ARTICLE VI.

Change of direction marching in retreat.

ARTICLE VII.

March in line of battle of a line of brigades formed in battalion columns.

1st. To cause the line of columns to advance.

2nd. To halt the line of columns and to deploy it.

3rd. The line of columns marching in advance, to cause it to change direction.

4th. To cause line of columns to march in retreat.

5th. To halt the line of columns marching in retreat and to align it.

6th. The line of columns marching in retreat, to cause it to change directions.

7th. To close the intervals of a line of column.

ARTICLE VIII.

March in line of battle by the flank of companies.

ARTICLE IX.

March in line of battle formed in division columns.

60. The movements prescribed in the above-named articles, will be executed according to the principles indicated Nos. 23 and 24.

61. In the alignment of deployed lines, the brigadier-general of that brigade on which the alignment is made, will not order his colors to their posts until the alignment is completed.  The general will cause him to be notified of this fact.

62. In closing intervals, the general will cause the major-generals to be notified of the distance which should separate the brigades.

ARTICLE X. 

To pass the defile in front.

ARTICLE XI.

To pass the defile in rear.

63. The movements prescribed by the above-named articles, will be executed according to the principles indicated Nos. 23 and 24.

64. In passing to the front, should the defile be opposite the interval between two brigades, all the subdivisions will wheel to the left or right, whether by platoon or company.

ARTICLE XI. 

Changes of front.

Perpendicular changes of front.

1st. Changes of front forward.

2nd. Changes of front to the rear.

3rd. Central changes of front.

Oblique changes of front.

ARTICLE XIII.

ORDER IN ECHELON.

Direct echelons in advancing.

Direct echelons in retreat.

Oblique echelons.

ARTICLE XIV.

To retreat by alternate battalions.

To re-form the line.

ARTICLE XV.

Passage of line.

ARTICLE XVI.

Dispositions against cavalry.

Oblique squares.

To re-form the line.

65. The movements prescribed in the above-named articles, will be executed according to the principles indicated Nos. 23 and 24.

66. In retreating by alternate battalions, or in the passage of lines, the general of each line will cause the signal of execution to be sounded for the movement of his line.

67. In the passage of lines, if the general should not wish to pass the whole line at once, it will be executed by the second line of each brigade passing one at a time.

REMARKS ON THE FORMATION OF THE INFANTRY OF THE RESERVE.

68. When in line, the infantry of the reserve should most generally be drawn up in close order, with the interval of twenty-two paces between the battalions in mass.  In column, the distance between the brigades may be reduced to fifty paces.

Constitution of the reserve.

69. In a corps d’armée, the artillery of the reserve should be equal to one half the artillery of the line of battle.

70. The infantry of the reserve will be such part of the whole body as the general may think expedient, generally, however, it will be one-third.

71. The reserve will be under the especial direction of the general-in-chief.

72. The special corps including sappers, miners, pontoniers, &c., will be attached to the reserves, unless their services are otherwise needed.

73. The general may mass the whole or a portion of the brigade batteries, and cavalry forces, at one or several points on the field, as the state of the action, or his own judgment may suggest.

FINIS.


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Transcribed by Scott Gutzke, 2004-2006.


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