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SCHOOL OF THE BATTERY.

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Secɔnd Case. Being in Battery, to execute the different

Changes of Front 1st. On the first Section, to fire to Right; or on the third Secthe Left; or on the third Sec

tion, to fire to the Left. tion, to fire to the Right. 3d. On the second Section, to fire 2d. On the first Section, to fire to the

either to the Right or Left. It may readily be perceived, that these three changes of front resolve themselves, very nearly, into those above explained. It is therefore deemed sufficient, without entering into the details of execution, to point out the words of command which are to be given.

78. 1st. Change of Front on first Section, to fire to the Left. The captain commands, 1. Attention. 2, Change front on first section, to fire to the left.

3. MARCH (Pl. XLVIII.) At the second command, the chief of the first section orders,

First section_left wheel ; the chiefs of the other sections,

Pieces-left oblique ; * the officer of the train,

Caissons-left-about wheel.t Forward-guide left. At the word MARCH, repeated by the same chiefs, the pieces and caissons move together; and, when the line of caissons has marched twice the length of a piece, the officer of the train commands, Caissons-left wheel-MARCH; afterwards, Head of column-left wheel; and, when the caissons have arrived opposite their pieces, he orders,

Caissons-left wheel-MARCH. Halt. Right dress.

79. 2d. Change of Front on first Section, to fire to the Right.

The captain conımands, 1. Attention. 2. Change front on first section, to fire to the right.

3. MARCH. (Pl. XLIX.) At the second command, the chief of the first section orders,

First section--right wheel ; the other chiefs of sections,

Pieces-left-about wheel ; the officers of the train,

Caissons-left wheel. At the word MARCH, repeated by the same chiefs, the pieces and caissons execute the novèrnent. The chiefs of the second and third sections command,

Pieces-right oblique-MARCH. The pieces of these sections are arranged, in succession, in battery, on the alignment of the first section, by passing the line, and wheeling to the left-about.

* In horse-artillery, the squads, who are to move to the rear, wheel-about towards the section on which the change of front is made, and, with their guides on that flank, move to their stations in the new line, where they again wlieel-about in the same manner.

† This command is omitted when the formation is in the order in retreat.

As soon as the caissons have wheeled to the left, the officer of the train orders,

Head of column-right wheel, (twice in succession ;) and, when the head of the column is the length of a piece from the leading horses of the pieces,

Head of column-left wheel.
When each caisson has arrived opposite its piece, he commands,

Caissons-right wheel-MARCH. Halt. Right dress.

80. 3d. Change of Front on the second Section, to fire to the

Right. (Pl. L.) The captain commands, 1. Attention. 2. Change front on second section, to fire to the right.

3. MARCH At the second command, the chief of the second section orders,

Second section-right wheel ; the chief of the first section,

Pieces-right oblique ; the chief of the third section,

Pieces-left-about wheel ; the officer of the train,

Caissons_left wheel. At the word MARCH, repeated by the same chiefs, the pieces and caissons execute the movement.

The first section places itself on the line of the second.
The chief of the third seotion commands,

Pieces-right oblique-MARCH ;
and the pieces of this section are successively, brought into battery:

As soon as the caissons have wheeled to the left, the officer of the train commands,

Head of column-right wheel ; and, when each caisson has arrived opposite its piece,

Caissons-right wheel-MARCH. Halt. Right dress. The change of front on the second section, to fire to the left, is executed in the same manner.

ARTICLE SIXTH.

THE COUNTERMARCH. 81. The Battery being in Line, halted, to face in the opposite

Direction, by executing the Countermarch. The captain commands, 1. Attention. 2. Countermarch. 3. Piecesleft wheel ;- Caissons-right

wheel. 4. MARCH. (Pl. LI.) At the word MARC#,' repeated by the officer of the train only, each piece wheels to the left, and each caisson wheels to the right. This movement being completed, the head of the column of pieces, conducted by the chief of the third section, moves forward about the length 'To change front on the centre section to fire to the right. Pl.L.

1. Attention.
2. Change tiont on 2.4

section,to tirr wtheright.
3. Marchi

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