The Trooper's Manual, Or, Tactics for Light Dragoons and Mounted Riflemen

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A. Morris, 1861 - Bugle calls - 284 pages

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Page 25 - At the command dismount, rise upon the left stirrup, pass the right leg, knee bent, over the croup of the horse without touching him...
Page 16 - The position described below should be considered a standard toward which all troopers should gradually approximate. The buttocks bearing equally upon the saddle and as far forward as possible. The thighs turned without constraint upon their flat side, clasping the horse evenly and stretched only by their own weight and that of the lower legs. The knees bent and flexible. The lower legs falling naturally, the calves in contact with the horse without pressure; the toes dropping naturally when the...
Page 209 - T>eing taken from the halt, the trot from the walk, the gallop from the trot, and vice versa. For instruction purposes and when necessary in service an increase or decrease of gait may be made more abruptly. A change from the halt to the walk, from the walk to the trot, from the trot to the gallop, or vice versa, is to be understood when reference is made in these regulations to a change of gait of one degree.
Page 106 - The object of the wheel on a fixed pivot is, when the platoon forms a part of the squadron, to pass from the order of battle to the order of column, and from the order of column to the order of battle.
Page 43 - MOULINET. 1 pause ; 2 motions. 70. At the command MOULINET, raise the arm to the right and rear to its full extent, the point of the sabre upwards, the edge to the right, the thumb extended on the back oí the gripe, the body slightly turned to the right.
Page 138 - C). 2. Seize the carbine at the small of the stock with the right hand, let it go with the left hand, which is dropped by the side; pass the carbine behind the back, lowering the muzzle, push the butt to the rear, and drop the right hand by the side.
Page 73 - FRONT, turn the head to the front. 430.—The instructor observes that the troopers align themselves on the breast of the second man towards the side of the alignment, and not upon the extremity of the rank (which would prevent their remaining square in their seats); that they are neither too much opened nor closed; and, finally, that those of the rear rank are exactly behind their file-leaders. The troopers are also required to align themselves promptly, that the horses may not be kept a long time...
Page 65 - Sergeant is posted on the right of the front rank of the squadron ; he is not counted in the rank. The 4th Sergeant on the left of the front rank ; he is not counted in the rank. The 5th Sergeant on the left of the 1st platoon. The 6th Sergeant on the right of the 2d platoon. The 7th Sergeant on the left of the 3d platoon. The 8th Sergeant on the right of the 4th platoon. The heads of the horses of all the file-closers are at one pace from the croup of those of the rear rank. The Corporals are posted...
Page 170 - ... commands: 1. Forward, 2. MARCH, 3. Guide left. Each chief halts his platoon just short of the line and commands: 1. Left, 2. DRESS. The principles of par. 8 apply. Being in Column of Platoons, to Form on Right or Left into Line.
Page 66 - ... paces from the flank, and on a line with the first files of the column. The captains commanding march on the side of the guides, and 4 paces from the flank, and abreast of the centre of their squadrons. The second captains march on the side opposite to the guides, 4 paces from the flank, and abreast of the centre of their squadrons. The 1st lieutenant of each squadron marches at the head of the 1st platoon, 1 pace in advance of the first files, having the particular guide of the right on his...

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