Instruction for Field Artillery, Horse and Foot

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Joseph Robinson, 1845 - 166 pages
School of the Piece -- Nomenclature -- School of the Driver -- School of the Battery -- To pass from the order in column to the order in line, and the reverse -- Formations in battery -- Firings -- Changes of front in battery -- Parade for review and inspection -- Order of encampment of a battery of artillery -- Supplement.

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Page 165 - ... a part of the carriages should halt, the leaders of them be hitched on to those in front, and, when they arrive at the top, be sent back with as many more leaders as may be necessary. Whatever may be the difficulties of the road, not more than ten horses can be hitched with effect to the same carriage ; beyond this number, and even with it, it is difficult to make the horses pull together. It may be sometimes necessary to make the detachments assist with bricoles or drag ropes.
Page 96 - ... wheel in the manner already explained ; the man on the pivot will take care to mark time in his place, without advancing or receding ; the instructor, the chiefs of platoon, and the guides, will conform to what has been prescribed Nos. 184 and following. 190. The company may be broken by platoons to the left, according to the same principles, and by inverse means, the instructor giving the commands prescribed Nos. 183 and 185, substituting left for right, and reciprocally.
Page 129 - ... half battery. The fire of the left half battery is continued during the movement of the right, care being taken to direct the pieces so that their fire shall not injure the half battery in advance. As soon as the right half battery commences firing, the left moves forward with the guide to the right ; and after passing the right half battery as far as the latter has advanced, is formed into battery and the firing commenced. The movements of the left half battery are effected by commands and means...
Page 163 - The carriages in its rear must pass it by the most convenient flank, and close to proper distance. The disabled carriage resumes its position as soon as the damage is repaired ; when the road is narrow, it must fall into the first interval it finds, and use every opportunity afforded by a wider space to regain its proper place.
Page 14 - No. 3 on the left of No. 1 ; No. 4 on the left of No. 2, and so on, the even numbers being in the front, and the odd numbers in the rear rank.
Page 108 - ... establish themselves on the line, and dress upon the pieces already aligned. When the alignment is completed, the captain commands : FRONT. When the column is marching, the line is formed to the right in the same manner, except that the chiefs of the flank sections omit the commands, Forward — MARCH. The line is formed to the left according to the same principles, and by inverse means. When the...
Page v - Second Artillery, War Department, March 6, 1860. The system of instruction for Field Artillery, prepared by a Board of Light Artillery Officers, pursuant to orders from this. Department, having been approved by the President, is herewith published for the information and government of the army. All exercises, manoeuvres, and forms of parade not embraced in this system are prohibited in the Light Artillery, and those herein prescribed will be strictly observed. BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR. The...
Page 22 - LOAD. 3 pauses ; 4 motions. At this command No. 1 faces to the left, steps obliquely to the right with his right foot, without moving his left, and at the same time brings the sponge smartly to a perpendicular position by drawing...
Page 84 - When the battery is parked with the caissons in front, the captain causes it to unpark by the right by the same commands, the movements being executed in the same manner. The battery may be unparked by the left according to the same principles, and by inverse means.
Page 133 - When the battery is firing, if the captain wishes to make a perpendicular change of front, to fire to the right, throwing forward the left wing, he discontinues firing and commands : 1.

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