The 1863 U.S. Infantry Tactics: Infantry of the Line, Light Infantry, and Riflemen

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Stackpole Books, 2002 - 450 pages
  • The authorized book for the instruction, exercise, and maneuver of U.S. Infantry during the Civil War
  • Includes articles of war, an extensive dictionary of Civil War military terms, and sheet music for military bugle calls
  • A must-have book for historians, researchers, reenactors, and writers

Written in 1861 at the direction of the War Department and copiously illustrated, this was the book used to train, lead, and maneuver U.S. Infantry units on Civil War battlefields. It contains the school of the soldier, the company, and battalion or fielded regiment, along with all-important instructions for skirmishers. Over 15 pages of field music, the articles of war in use at the time, and a dictionary of Civil War military terminology completes this extensive work.

 

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Contents

Formation of a regiment in order of battle or in line
7
Instruction of officers
14
Facings Nos 88 91
21
General rules
26
Manual of arms Support arms No 133 Present
27
To load in four times and at will No 44 97
44
Firings Direct fire No 261 Oblique firings
48
Bayonet exercise
55
Officers call
204
Dinner call
205
Church call
206
School call
207
Fix bayonet
208
Double quick time
209
Deploy as skirmishers
210
Halt
211

March by the flank No 351 March by
63
To fire by the rear rank No 68 100
68
Long marches in double quick time and the
71
Position of the soldier No 78 Eyes right left
80
To advance in line of battle No 84 103
84
General rules and division of the school of the company
89
To open ranks No 8
92
To halt the company marching in line
99
To mark time to march in double quick time
109
To march in retreat No 119 109
119
Firings No 106 Fire at a halt No 107 Fire marching
120
To march in column No 195
123
To halt the column No 231
129
To break files to the rear and to cause them
137
ARTICLE II To change direction by file No 142 112
142
Countermarch No 334
145
Formation of a company from two ranks into single rank
149
The company marching by the flank to form
153
General principles and division of the instruction
155
March in column at full distance No 164
164
March to the front No 71 March in retreat No
167
To break into column by platoon either at a halt
171
Rally No 127 Rally by sections No 132 Rally by platoons
174
Manual of the sabre for officers
190
The general
196
Column in route No 198 249
198
Tattoo
201
To extinguish lights
202
Orders for orderly sergeants
203
Cease firing
212
Rise up
213
Rally on the reserve
214
Formation of the battalion No 1
215
To break by company to the right No
225
Break to the rear by the right or left of compa
229
Change of direction in column at full dis
231
Ploy the battalion into close column on
234
Halt the column No 239 257
239
Close the column to half distance or in mass
273
March in column at half distance or closed
281
Change direction in column at half distance
287
Formation in line of battle by two move
299
Change direction of a column closed
306
To advance in line of battle No 587
316
Oblique march in line of battle No 623
323
To bait the battalion marching in line of battle
325
To march in retreat in line of battle No 664
330
To pass a defile in retreat by the right or left
338
To form the battalion on the right or left
342
To ploy the battalion into column doubled
348
paces No 872 The battalion being in square to march
356
The rally No 974
381
STREET FIRING
391
DICTIONARY OF MILITARY WORDS AND PHRASES
411
Countermarch of a column at full or half dis
448
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