U.S. Infantry Tactics: School of the battalion

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J.B. Lippincott & Company, 1861 - 450 pages
 

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Page 176 - When the battalion presents an odd number of companies, the formation .w^ll be made in like manner, and the company on either flank which shall find itself without a corresponding one, will place itself at company distance behind the wing to which it belongs. 793. The double column, closed in mass, will be formed according to the same principles and by the same commands, substituting the indication, closed in mass, for that of at half distance. 794. The double column never being formed when two or...
Page 107 - At the command march, the companies will put themselves in movement; the left guide of the second, who is nearest to the line of battle, will hasten in advance to mark that line ; he will place himself on it as prescribed above for successive formations, and thus indicate to his captain the point at which he ought to pass the line of...
Page 83 - At this, the left company will dress forward on the alignment of the right company; the front rank man, who may find himself opposite to the left guide, will, without preceding his rank, rest lightly his breast against the right arm of this guide ; the captain of the left company will direct its alignment on this man, and the alignment being assured, he will command, FRONT; but not quit his position.
Page 71 - ... 311. The right guide of each of the following subdivisions will conform himself to the direction of the right guide of the subdivision preceding his own in the column, so as to enter on the new direction parallelly to that subdivision, and at the distance of four paces from its rear rank.
Page 5 - EVERY colonel will labor to habituate his battalion to form line of battle, by night as well as by day, with the greatest possible promptitude. 2. The color-company will generally be designated as the directing company. That, as soon as formed, will be placed on the direction the colonel may have determined for the line of battle. The other...
Page 73 - ... the line of battle. If, on the contrary, it has to form itself in line of battle on the ground it occupies, it will take distances on the leading or on the rearmost subdivision, according as the one or other may find itself at the point where the right or left of the battalion ought to rest in line of battle.
Page 47 - ... which the first had executed it. Each subdivision will conform itself to the movement of its guide, the men insensibly lengthening or shortening the step, and advancing or refusing (throwing back) the shoulder opposite to the guide, but without losing the touch of the elbow towards his side. 196. The column, by company, being in march, the colonel will cause it to diminish front by platoon, from front to rear, at once, and to increase front by platoon in like manner, which movements will be commanded...
Page 31 - ... also to leave the distance of six paces between its guide and the guide of the preceding division. At the moment the divisions put themselves in march to enter the column, the file closers of each will incline to the left, so as to bring themselves to the distance of a pace from the rear rank. 125. Each chief of these three divisions will conduct his division till he shall be up with the guide of the directing one; the chief will then himself halt, see his division file past, and halt it the...
Page 209 - It is a general principle that a column by company, which is to be formed into square, will first form divisions, and close to half distance. Nevertheless, if it find itself suddenly threatened by cavalry without sufficient time to form divisions, the colonel will cause the column to close to platoon distance, and then form square by the commands and means which have been indicated ; the leading and rearmost companies will conform themselves to what has been prescribed for divisions in those positions....
Page 113 - The change of direction to the left will then be executed according to the same principles as the change of direction to the right, but by inverse means. 221. When the change of direction is completed, the instructor will command, guide left.

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