The School of the Soldier is almost complete, so I have started outlining the School of the Company. I thought I would share a brief preview of what will be doing in Company drill. These diagrams are from Baxter's Manual for Volunteers - an American Civil War manual, based on, and almost unchanged from the French drill.
Our scale will be roughly half of this, and generally, the lieutenants and 3rd and 4th sergeants will be omitted. Otherwise, everything will be performed as-is.
School of the Company Preview
Formation of the Company
Fig. 1To Open Ranks
Fig. 3The Alignments in Open Ranks
Fig. 4The Firings (by Company and File)
Fig. 5(Facing/) Firing by the Rear Rank
Fig. 7Marching to the Front
Fig. 8Retiring in Line
Fig. 9Marching by the Flank
Note: used to march by the flank, parallel
to the enemy, or in marching through narrow defiles. Never by the flank towards him.By File Right/Left
Fig. 12By File Right into Line
Note: to change front to the rear when marching by the flank.By Company into Line
Note: used for battalion level maneuvers.Breaking Files to the Rear
Fig. 15The Counter March
Notes: used to change the front
of the company, not the direction of march.