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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The camp guards are to be three warr paces in front of the first line, and the same distance in the rear of the second line. When the sentinel sees the relief approach, he presents his arms, and the corporal halting his relief at six paces distance, commands.

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If the defile is difficult or long, so soon as the front have passed and gained sufficient ground, they will halt till the whole have passed and formed, when they will continue the march. Quit the butt with the left hand, and seize the firelock at the swell, bringing the arm close down upon the lock, the right hand being kept fast in this motion, and the piece upright.

Except in case of necessity, not more than one detachment is to be out at a time. The battalion being formed, it is then to perform the manual exercise, and the wheelings, marches, maneuvers revolutlonary firings described in this and the following chapters, of such of them as shall be ordered.

Baron Von Steuben’s Revolutionary War Drill Manual

The major is particularly charged with the discipline, arms, accoutrements, clothing, and generally, with the whole interior management and economy of the regiment. He must be at all times well acquainted with the strength of his regiment and brigade, and the details of the army, and see that his regiment furnishes no more than its proportion for duty.

On a march he must ride along the flanks of the regiment, to see that regularity is observed, and must pay attention to the sergeant in the rear, that he brings up all stragglers. The drilp is to remain with the baggage of his regiment, to see that the wagons follow in order; and if a wagon breaks down, it must be put out of the line, that it may not impede the march revolytionary the rest.

For the greater facility in maneuvering, each manial consisting of more than one hundred and sixty files, is to be formed in two battalions fig. He must pay the greatest attention to the health of his men, their discipline, arms, accoutrements, ammunition, clothes and necessaries. When the men may march more at their ease, but keeping their files close.

Revolutionary War Drill Manual

When the army marches, he must conduct the pioneers to the place appointed, and order the quarter-master sergeant to take charge of the baggage. The camp guards must at the same time retire to the rendezvous appointed for the rear guard, where they must be formed in the same manner. The two officers then approach each other, and the relieving officer takes his orders from the relieved.


When all have entered but the two center platoons, that on the right faces to the right about, and marches twenty paces into the defile; when the officer commands. As soon as the officer of the guard discovers the approach of the enemy, he must immediately send notice to the nearest general officer, call in the sentries, and put himself in the best position of defense.

Preview this item Preview this item. The state having entrusted him with the care of a regiment, his greatest ambition should be to have it at all times and in every respect as complete as possible: He then examines the guard, orders back his escort, and demanding a new one, proceeds in the same manner to the other guards.

Privacy Policy Terms and Conditions. The greatest attention on the part of the officers is necessary at all times, but more particularly on the march: Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private. The platoon of the right wing faces to the left; the other platoon faces to the right; and both pass in one division; the other platoons following in the same manner, except those of the center.

When a soldier is sent to the hospital, the non-commissioned officer of his squad shall deliver up his arms and accoutrements to the commanding officer of the company, that they may be deposited in the regimental arm-chest. If the number of sections in a platoon be uneven, that in the center is to march straight forward; the sections on the right inclining to the left, and covering it in front; and those on the left inclining to the right, and covering it in the rear.

When the army marches, he must revoljtionary the tents properly packed and loaded, and go with the baggage, see that the waggoners commit no disorders, and that nothing is lost out of the wagons. The kitchens are to be dug behind their respective companies, forty feet from the field officers tents. Not much of a read. On which the officer of the guard calls Advance rounds!

When the sentry before the guard challenges, and is answered Grand rounds! The non-commissioned officers of each company will be provided with gun-worms; and every day, at the noon roll-call of the company, those men who have returned from duty are to bring their arms and have their charges drawn; the first sergeant to receive the powder and ball, and deliver the same to the quartermaster. He must permit no stranger to enter his post, nor suffer his men to talk with him. He should be intimately acquainted with the character of every soldier of the company, and should take great pains to impress upon their minds the indispensable necessity of the strictest obedience, as the foundation of order and regularity.


The adjutant is to receive no orders but from the field officers and officer commanding a battalion. If the distance is augmented or diminished only two or three paces, the commanding officer will order the colors to incline a little, and then march forward; the battalion conforming to their movement.

Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: The use of these is a most essential part in the maneuvers, which, without them, cannot be executed with facility of precision. 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.

Google Books — Loading When a close column is obliged to change the direction of its march, the front platoon must not wheel round on its flank, but advance in a direction more or less circular, according to the depth of the columns, that the other platoons may follow.

If it be necessary to change the front of a line consisting of more than a brigade, the simplest and surest method is to form close columns, either by brigades or battalions, march them to the direction required, and display. His record of drill instructions, written in brief installments, grew into the Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States.

Memoir of a Revolutionary Soldier: The officers must give the words of command with a loud and distinct voice; observe that the soldiers step off, and place their feet, as directed in the manual exercise; and that they level their pieces at the proper height; for which purpose they must be accustomed always to take sight at some object. The officers and colors salute when within eight paces of the general; and the colonel having saluted, advances to him.

Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you. The two platoons wheel by files, and march along the rear of the battalion to the entrance of the defile; where joining, their officers command. English View all editions and formats Rating: No non-commissioned officer of soldier is to be absent from roll-call without permission from the commanding officer of the company.

The first part of the general will be the signal for all firing to cease; on the beating of which the officers and non-commissioned officers must see that their platoons cease firing, load and shoulder as quick as possible. The officer of the rounds passes along the front of the guard immediately to the officer who keeps his post on the right and gives him the parole.

A surgeon of each brigade is to attend the sick belonging to it. Your rating has been recorded.

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