A New Manual of the Bayonet for the Army and Militia of the United States

 
9781235862823: A New Manual of the Bayonet for the Army and Militia of the United States

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. 1864 Excerpt: ... THE BAYONET MANUAL AT PAEADE OR ON DRILL. 101. In ranks at the " rear open order," all the movements herein prescribed, except the volts and the blow "with the butt to the right," can be readily executed, and may be introduced on parade or at drill. 102. The address which infantry will acquire in the use of the musket by being drilled at the bayonet manual in ranks, will, it is supposed, necessarily render the "charge" more formidable, and give it increased confidence in resisting the attack of cavalry. THE CHARGE. (plate XXXIII, Fio. 40.) 103. The squad (platoon, or company) be'ing in two ranks and at "carry arms," and supposed to be about forty or fifty yards from tbe enemy, the instructor will command: 1. Prepare to charge. 2. Double quick--March! At tbe first command, seize tbe piece with tbe left hand at the height of the right breast, and bring it diagonally across the middle of the body, the bayonet slightly advanced, the right hand holding the handle at the height of the hips, the left hand in front and at the height of the left breast. At the second command the squad (or company) will move off at the " double quick," carrying the piece as described. 104. After moving to the front forty or fifty paces, the command "Halt!" will be given as the left foot is coming to the ground, when both ranks will halt and take the position of Guard. The front rank may then be required to move to the front about ten feet by the " front passade," in order that the company may be exercised in the manual. 105. The charge by company, resembling the actual movement in battle, will instruct the men to act with that concert which alone renders a charge formidable. INFANTEY AGAINST CAVALRY. (plates XXXIV & XXXV.) 106. An infantry soldier, instructed in firing and fencing w...

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