Cavalry Tactics, Volume 1

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Lippincott, Grambo & Company, 1855
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Page 91 - To march in double time: (1) Forward, (2) Double time, (3) MARCH. At the command forward, throw the weight of the body on the right leg. At the command march...
Page 87 - Heels on the same line, as near each other as the conformation of the man will permit; The feet turned out equally, and forming with each other something less than a right angle ; The knees straight without stiffness ; The body erect on the hips, inclining a little forward ; The shoulders square and falling equally ; The arms hanging naturally; The elbows near the body...
Page 87 - ... less than a right angle ; The knees straight without stiffness ; The body erect on the hips, inclining a little forward ; The shoulders square and falling equally ; The arms hanging naturally ; The elbows near the body ; The palm of the hand turned a little to the front, the little finger behind the seam of the pantaloons ; The head erect and square to the front, without constraint ; The chin near the stock, without covering it ; The eyes fixed straight to the front, and striking the ground about...
Page 108 - Throw up the piece briskly with the left hand, and resume the position of shoulder arms, at the same time face to the front, turning on the left heel, and bring the right heel on a line with the left.
Page 111 - Grasp the piece at the small of the stock with the right hand : raise it and place the butt upon the right thigh, barrel to the right, the piece inclined to the front at an angle of about 30 degrees (see par.
Page 80 - The tone of command should be animated, distinct, and of a loudness proportioned to the number of men under instruction.
Page 88 - ... finger behind the seam of the pantaloons ; Because, these positions are equally important to the shoulder-arms, and to prevent the man from occupying more space in a rank than is necessary to a free use of the piece ; they have, moreover, the advantage of keeping in the shoulders. The face...
Page 81 - Those preparatory commands which, from their length* are difficult to be pronounced at once, must be divided into two or three parts, with an ascending progression in the tone of command, but always in such a manner that the tone of execution may be more energetic and elevated ; the divisions are indicated by a hyphen.
Page 77 - ... evolutions. In the oblique march, the guide is on the side toward which the march is made; and when the primitive direction is resumed, after having obliqued, the guide is where it was before having obliqued. In a column composed of cavalry and infantry, the guides of the cavalry cover the second file of the subdivisions of infantry on the side of the guides. In line, the officers, who are in front of the squadrons, align themselves on the rear rank of the infantry. Wheel is a circular movement...
Page 124 - ... the scabbard with the left han'd, and grasp it at the upper band. At the command saber, drop the point to the rear and pass the blade across and along the left arm; turn the head slightly to the left, fixing the eyes on the opening of the scabbard, raise the right hand, insert and return the blade...

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