A Revolutionary War List of Instructions
for Infantry Formations
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A rare glimpse into the discipline and training of America’s first fighting force. [SIEGE OF BOSTON].
Manuscript Document. “Miscellaneous Evolutions”
[docket title]. . 2 pp. 7¼ x 11¾ in.
This curious document lists 52 “Articles” for drilling and disciplining infantry formations. While “Josih Jseph” [Josiah Joseph] served as “Lookout,” the remainder of the troops were instructed in moves such as “to form platoons from sections,” “to form sections from platoons,” “to open the ranks,” “to oblique ranks from the right and left,” and “when in Company to form an open column marching by its flank,” among many other commands. Great insight into the life of an 18th century soldier and the amount of disciplined marching and coordinated moves necessary to fight.
From the papers of Capt. Samuel Leighton of Piscataqua.
Very good. Previously folded. Old tape repair.