A Hand Book for Infantry: Containing the First Principles of Military Discipline, Founded on Rational Method: Intended to Explain in a Familiar and Practical Manner, for the Use of the Military Force of the United States, the Modern Improvements in the Discipline and Movement of Armies

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author, 1814 - Infantry - 112 pages

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Page 99 - The mirror — held like a pen, with the thumb and two first fingers of the right hand, and...
Page 107 - What is here said relates to a common property of all lire arms ; and all round shot from a smooth calibre proceed in this curvilinear course. The horizontal shot of a musket may be computed at 180 toises, or 1080 feet, yet where the fire of infantry can have any great effect, it is seldom more than at 80 toises, 160 yards, or 480 feat ; that is of infantry arranged in battle, and in the tumult of an action. Beyond this distance the shot is uncertain, for the soldier in his hurry and...
Page 5 - To learn how to do anything well," he wrote, "we must always keep in mind the end for which the thing is to be done. The intention of discipline is war, or to produce in a body of armed men, such knowledge of a common and uniform mode of movement, in combined numbers, as will give the whole of a large force the same impulse and direction in any manner that may be required by the general.
Page 2 - ... which presently throws the whole into disorder. . . . The way to obviate these inconveniences ... is very simple, because it is dictated by nature ; it is nothing more than to march in cadence, in which alone consists the whole mystery, and which answers to the military pace of the Romans. ... It was to preserve this that martial sounds were first invented, and drums introduced ; and in this sense only is to be understood the word tactick ... by means of this you will always be able to regulate...
Page 107 - The soldier having, by the manual exercise, acquired a perfect habit in his loading and in his fire, at first exercised alone, then in file, afterwards in the front, centre and rear of the file, in several files by division, and in company, he should...
Page 11 - By devolving these first duties on non-commissioned officers, the commissioned officers remain ignorant or timid ; and the chance of finding non-commissioned officers, who can clearly comprehend and explain the principles of a good discipline, is not one in twenty ; from which cause it is twenty to one that the recruits are imperfectly or erroneously taught.
Page 112 - ... promotion. SERJEANTS. The non-commissioned officers should be selected from among the most orderly and best qualified men— upon them will depend very much the order and good conduct of the company.

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