This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 Excerpt: ...independently give their fire, and commence loading; the men in rear, as soon as they o3 hear their comrades ram home, will place the right foot ten inches to the right, disengage, give their fire, and again cover the men in front and load; the men in front, as soon as they hear their comrades ram home, will again give their fire, and so on, each file firing independently, and each man covering an object in front. Skirmishers, when on the march, firing, must have no regard to front and rear ranks, as they are liable to be mixed, they must be called the loaded men, and the unloaded men; the rank nearest the enemy--the men in front, and the men in rear. Therefore, should the advance or retire be ordered, when firing from the halt, the loaded men, whether of the front or rear rank, will take the lead, the unloaded men going on with their loading, and moving up to their comrades as explained in Nos. 3 and 5. 3. "Advance." (When Firing at the Halt.)--The loaded men (whether of the front or rear rank) will rise smartly up, and advance with trailed arms, each man looking out for his object, and taking every advantage of cover; the unloaded men, who have commenced loading at the halt, will, when they have shaken the powder in the barrels, and placed the balls in the muzzles, finish loading on the march, and close up at the double, giving "Ready" as a signal to their comrades to fire, who make a momentary pause, give their fire, instantly take a pace to the left, and go on with their loading; those in rear, passing on the right with trailed arms, and so on. Note.--When advancing over rough ground, the men must complete their loading at the halt, and double up afterwards. It has been found impossible to bite the cartridge, and shake the powder int...
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