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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Advance sergeant with countersign! To do which, he should pay great attention to the following objects:. He must often inspect the detachments for duty furnished by his regiment, see that they are complete in every respect, and formed agreeably to the regulations.

Baron Von Steuben’s Revolutionary War Drill Manual: A Facsimile Reprint of the 1794 Edition

This maneuver is performed in the same manner as the preceding, except that, instead of forming at the entrance, the platoons pass by files; and having passed, face to the right and left, march till they have their proper distances, and then wheel and form battalion.

The piquets being sent off, the commanding officers of battalions command their men to pile their arms, and dismiss them to pitch their tents. Would you also like to submit a review for this item? The general or officer commanding must take great care to march the troops in a direct line along the front of the camp, and at such a distance as to give sufficient room for the largest platoons to march clear of the line of tents.

The manual itself is probably best used with some military miniatures, or at least paper counters, that you can push around to duplicate the maneuvers. The brigade major then appoints the officers and non-commissioned officers to their posts. Account Options Sign in. The adjutant is to receive no orders but from the field officers and officer commanding a battalion.

The whole wheel, and march by the general, the officers saluting him as they pass; and when the whole have passed, they wheel off and march to their respective posts.

Revolutionary War Drill Manual

The soldiers should not be permitted to eat in their tents, except in bad weather; and an officer of a company must often visit the messes; see that the provision is good and revoltuionary cooked; that the men of one tent mess together; and that the provision is not sold or disposed of for liquor.

Once every month the commandant should make a general inspection of his regiment, examine into the state of the men, their arms, ammunition, accoutrements, necessaries, camp utensils, and everything belonging to the regiment, obliging the commanding officers of companies vpn account strictly for all deficiencies. Revolutionary War drill manual.

The Firings Front Rank! When the regiment parades for duty of exercise, he must count revolutionray off, and divide it into divisions and platoons, and carry the orders of the colonel where necessary. The quartermaster, being charged with encamping and quartering the regiment, should be at all times acquainted with its strength, that he bzron require no more ground than is necessary, nor have more tents pitched than the number prescribed; for both which he is accountable.

When the officer of the day arrives at sfeuben guard from whence he intends to begin his rounds, he will make himself known as such by giving the officer of the guard the parole. References to this work on external resources. My library Help Advanced Book Search. The eighth platoon stands fast, the rest face to the right, and march, the first platoon keeping the line; so soon as the eighth platoon is unmasked, it marches forward to its post between the two sergeants of bon first platoon, left there for that purpose; the seventh platoon, having gained its distance, halts, fronts and marches up to its ground; the other platoons proceed in the same dri,l, as explained in the display from the center.


Adapted from gevolutionary Steuben, pp. At the same time also the quartermasters and pioneers of each battalion must assemble on the ground appointed for the advanced guard, where one of the deputies of the quartermaster general must form them in platoons, in the same order as their respective battalions march in the column. Which, being of great importance, must be carefully attended to; observing that the soldier carries his body more revoluhionary than in the front march, and that he does not increase the distance from his file-leader.

Turn up your hand and put the cartridge into the muzzle, shaking the powder into the barrel. On which the platoons march by the quick step, and close to within two paces of each other; when the commanding officer of platoons successively command. In performing it, the officers must be attentive that the soldiers bend their bodies a little forward, and do not open their files.

Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist. Adapted from Pickering, Part I, p. This stekben command is only for the sentinel relieving, and the one to be relieved; the former immediately approaching with the corporal, and having received his orders from the old sentry, takes his place; and the sentry relieved marches into the ranks, placing himself on the left of the rear rank.

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.

As soon as those two platoons have marched, the commanding officer orders. The stoppages to be as follows:.

Steubem detachment takes post on the left of that preceding it, and is examined by the brigade major to the day as it arrives. The signals for halting, marching slower and quicker, must be given by the beat of drum see chapter XXI.

The soldier steps off with his left foot, and marches a free, easy and natural step, without altering the position of his body or head, taking care to preserve a proper balance, and not cross his legs, but to march without constraints in every sort of ground: The commanding officers of each regiment is to be answerable for the general instruction of the regiment, and is to exercise, or cause to be exercised, the officers, non-commissioned officers, and soldiers, whenever he thinks proper.

The officers commanding platoons take post on the left of their first section; but on the right, if the sections wheel to the left. When the commanding officer thinks himself in danger of being attacked by cavalry, he must close the column, and on their approach, halt and face outwards; the front platoon standing fast, the rear platoon going to the right about, and the others facing outwards from their centers.

The soldier having acquired that degree of confidence of his officers as to be appointed first sergeant of the company, should consider the importance of his office; that the discipline of the company, the conduct of the men, their exactness in obeying orders, and the regularity of their manners, will in a great measure depend on his vigilance.

A Regiment is to consist of eight companies, which are to be posted in the following order from right to left. Google Books — Loading The camp guards are to be three hundred paces in front of the first line, and the same distance in the rear of the second line. It is a manual on military arms as conducted during and around Honesty, sobriety, and a remarkable attention to every point of duty, with a neatness in their dress, are indispensable requisites; a spirit to command respect and obedience from the men, an expertness in performing every part of the exercise, and an ability to teach it, are absolutely necessary; nor can a sergeant or corporal be said to be qualified who does not write and read in a tolerable manner.


When the army marches, he must see 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. The ranks at four paces distance from each other; the colors advanced four paces from the center; the colonel twelve paces before the colors; the lieutenant colonel four paces behind the colonel; the major on the right of the battalion in the line of officers; the adjutant behind the center; the officers commanding platoons eight paces before their intervals; the other officers on the same line equally divided in front of their respective platoons; the sergeants who covered officers take their places in the front rank of their platoons; the other non-commissioned officers who were in the rear, remain there, falling back four paces behind the rear rank; and the drummers and fifers are equally divided on the wings of the battalion, dressing with the front rank.

Should the battalion by any cause be hindered from advancing in line with the rest, the ensign of that battalion must drop his colors, as a signal to the other battalions who might otherwise stop to dress by them not to conform to their movements; the colors to be raised again when the battalion has advanced to its post in the line. During the day the men may be permitted to rest themselves as much as is consistent with the safety of the guard; but in the night, no man must be suffered to lay down or sleep on any account, but have his arms constantly in his hands, and be ready to fall in on the least alarm.

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When any of the men want water, they must apply to the officer of the police, who will order the drum to beat the necessary signal; on which all who want water must immediately parade with their canteens before the colors, where the officer of the police will form and send them off under the care of two non-commissioned officers of the police, who are to be answerable that they bring back the whole detachment, and that no excesses are committed whilst they are out.

The inconvenience arising to an army from having to great a number of wagons, must be evident to every officer; and it is expected, that for the future each officer will curtail his baggage as much as possible.

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