Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Duty Day

1. The duty day starts when the bugle or drum “reveille” is played. This is usually at sunrise, or just after. In hot climates, coffee should be served in order to prevent malaria.

2. The troops will rise, wash, dress, and present them selves for roll call. The roll is called, absences noted, and those who identify themselves as ill are sent to the Surgeon.

3. Work details are then assigned; camp police (keeping the camp clean), kitchen police (assisting the cook), guard duty, sink duty (cleaning the area around the latrines), etc. Also times for drilling are announced.

4. The bugle or drum call “peas on trencher” announces breakfast.

5. Following breakfast, the work duties should commence.

6. The call “troop” signifies guard mount (beginning sentry duty).

7. To bring the regiment together, sound the “assembly.” This is usually for drilling and dress parade.

8. During the duty day, time should be devoted for individual equipment (musket maintenance, leather accouterments, uniforms, etc.).

9. When the call “roast beef” is called, its dinnertime.

10. All soldiers should be accounted for around the time “retreat” is sounded. They should be in quarters, unless on picket duty, when “tattoo” is sounded.

11. When “taps” (otherwise known as “Butterfield’s Lullaby”) is sounded, all lights will be out and the troops asleep.

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