Tuesday, July 31, 2007


1. Volley: the entire formation fires their muskets on the command “Fire.” In some cases, the front rank would be kneeling.

2. At Will: after a volley or two, the area in front would be shrouded in smoke. At this point, it is a good idea to have the troops keep firing as they load.

3. Cease Fire: all troops in the formation will stop firing and place their muskets in the carry position.

4. Firing at the oblique: this is done at the right or left angle of the front of the formation.

5. Fire by File: the right file fires their muskets. As they began reloading, the file next to them fires, and so on, causing a ripple of fire.

6. Fire by Rank: the first rank fires their muskets. As they began reloading, the second rank fires.

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