Revolutionary War Drill Manual by Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben are to be perfectly acquainted with the manual exercise, marchings and. On February 23, , Frederick William Baron von Steuben reported to General George Washington at the Continental Army’s bleak winder encampment at. Von Steuben: Manual of Arms The Manual Exercise .. Baron von Steuben’s Revolutionary War Drill Manual (), Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, NY.

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Content protection This content is DRM protected. The officer of the police is to make a general inspection into the cleanliness of the camp, not suffer fire to be made any where but in the kitchens, and cause all dirt to be immediately removed, and either burnt or buried.

Baron Von Steuben’s Revolutionary War Drill Manual

Each platoon marches to its place in the column, the officers taking care to preserve the proper distances between their platoons. The guard of a brigadier general is to be furnished by his own brigade, and formed and sent from the brigade parade by the major of the brigade. Again with some irony the drill company turned out to be extremely popular with the supposedly undisciplined colonials and its demonstration tours of military encampments were always well attended and imitated.

Sink the firelock with the left hand as low as possible, without constraint, and at the same time bringing up the right hand, seize the firelock at the left shoulder. You already recently rated this item. The tents of the non-commissioned officers and privates are to be pitched in two ranks, with an interval of six paces between the ranks, and two feet between each tent: And when any man is sick, or otherwise unfit for duty, or absent, he must see that his arms and accoutrements are properly taken care of, agreeably to the regulations prescribed.

The kitchens are to be dug behind their respective companies, forty feet from the field officers tents. Ratings and reviews No one’s rated or reviewed this product yet. The second line, if not already formed in columns, will immediately, on perceiving the first line retire, form in that order by brigades or battalions; and the first line having passed the intervals between the columns, the second line will display; or, if too closely pressed by the enemy, attack in columns the flanks of the battalion which pursue, thereby giving time for the first line to bxron and take a new position.

CD Audiobook 0 editions. When the light company is with the regiment it must be formed twenty paces on the right on the parade, but must not interfere with the exercise of the battalion, but exercise by itself; and when the light infantry are embodied, every four companies will form a battalion, and exercise in the same manner as the battalion in the line.

The quartermasters of the regiments will then have their ground given them by the brigade quartermasters, and will mark out the place for each company manuxl tent, and for the kitchens etc. He must keep an exact detail of the duty of the officers and non-commissioned officers of his regiment, taking care to regulate his roster in such a revolutionady as not to have too many officers or non-commissioned officers of the same company on duty at the same time.


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He is the assistant to the quartermaster of the regiment, and in his absence is to do his duty, unless an officer be specially appointed for that purpose: They must be very careful not to advance beyond the battalion they are to dress by, it being much easier to advance than to fall back. He must fevolutionary inspect the detachments for duty furnished by his regiment, see that they are complete revolutionay every respect, and formed agreeably to the regulations.


Although no officer should be ignorant of the service of the guards, yet it particularly behooves the lieutenant to be perfectly acquainted with that duty; he being oftener than any other officer entrusted with command of the guard- a trust of the highest importance, on the faithful execution of which the safety of an army depends; and in which the officer has frequent sfeuben to distinguish himself by his judgment, vigilance and bravery.

Pull the trigger briskly, and revolutinary after bringing up the right foot, come to the priming position, placing the heels even, with the right toe pointing the right, the lock opposite the right breast, the muzzle directly to the front stehben as high as the hat, the left hand just forward of the feather spring, bbaron the piece firm and steady; and at the same time seize the cock with the fore-finger and thumb of the right hand, the back of the hand turned up.

Their own quarter guards turn out revolutionar a day with presented arms; after which they only turn out with ordered arms. The general and field officers of the day will visit the several guards during the day, as often and at such hours as they judge proper.

For which reason he must never rudely reprimand them in presence of the men, but at all times treat them with proper respect.

There is nothing which gains an officer the love of his soldiers more than his care of steuuben under the distress of sickness; it is then he has the power of exerting his humanity in providing them every comfortable necessary, and making their situation as agreeable as possible.

Shut your pan briskly, bringing down the elbow to the butt of the firelock, holding the cartridge fast in your hand. He must attend the parade at the turning out of all guards or detachments, inspect their dress, arms, accoutrements and ammunition, form them into platoons or sections, and conduct them to the general or brigade parade.

Von Steuben was an interesting character; he never got past the rank of captain in Prussian service, his baronial title is highly dubious, sar he fled Europe to avoid creditors. Courier Corporation- History – pages. Instructions for His Generals. Additional terms Terms of transaction.

This attention of the soldier must be observed in the strictest manner, till he receives the word. The rear rank steps back four paces, and dresses by the right; the officers at the same time advancing eight paces to the front, and dressing in a line; the sergeants who covered the officers, take their places in the front rank; the non-commissioned officers who were in the rear, remain there, stepping back four paces behind the rear rank.

Dresses his platoon with that already formed, and takes his post on the right: The sentinel will then cry, Advance, rounds! For a review of inspection the battalion must not be told off in platoons, but remain in companies, at open order; the drums and fifes on the right, and the ensigns with the colors in front of their respective companies.

The recruits must be taken singly, and first taught to put on their accoutrements, and carry themselves properly. A company is to be formed in two ranks, at one pace distance, with the tallest men in the rear, and both ranks sized, with the shortest men aar each in the center. A Regiment is to consist of eight companies, which are to be posted in the following order from right to left.


Revolutionary War Drill Manual

I picked this one up after reading A Few Bloody Noses. The sergeants and corporals shall every morning at roll-call give a return of the sick of their respective squads to the first sergeant, who must make out one for the company, and lose no time in delivering it to the surgeon, who will immediately visit them, and order such as he thinks proper to the regimental hospital; such whose cases require their being sent to the general hospital, he is to report immediately to the surgeon general, or principal surgeon attending the army.

As soon as the files which first entered, have passed, they halt; the others, as fast as they pass, marching to their places in battalion.

Both officers then return to their guards, and commands. He must have a watchful eye over the officers, and oblige them to do their duty on every occasion; he must often cause them to be exercised in his presence, and instruct them how to command their platoons and preserve their distances. The sections on the right of each platoon incline by the oblique step to the left; and those on the left of each platoon, following the former, incline to the right, till they all cover; when they march forward, opening the ranks as before directed.

The Troop assembles the soldiers together, for the purpose of calling the roll and inspecting the men for duty. It describes in detail the arms and accoutrements of officers and soldiers, formation and exercise of a company, instruction of recruits, formation and marching of columns, disposition and firing of fieldpieces, laying out of a camp, inspection, treatment of the sick, reviews of parade, and other essentials.

H e is to stand straight And firm upon his legs With the head turned to the right So far as to bring the left eye Over the waistcoat buttons; The heels two inches part; The toes turned out; The belly drawn in a little, But without constraint; The breast a little projected; The shoulders square to the front, and kept back; And the hands hanging down the sides, With the palms close to the thighs. The new guard marches past the old guard, and takes post three or four paces on its right both guards fronting towards the enemy; and the officer command.

Step forward with the left foot, sink the body, and come to the position described in the first motion of grounding. They are usually some distant objects the most conspicuous that can be found chosen by the commanding officer, to determine the direction of his line, which otherwise would be mere hazard. The signal for marching being given, the whole will wheel by platoons or sections, as shall be ordered, and begin the march.

Each regiment will furnish a non-commissioned officer to conduct the sick and lame who are not able to march with their regiments. Memoir of a Revolutionary Soldier: The front rank of each section stops short and the second rank closes up, which gives the proper distance between the sections; and by wheeling to the right or left the line is formed: