Baron von Steuben's Revolutionary War Drill Manual - Chapter III.
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Chapter III.

Of the Formation of a Company


[Plate I. Figure I.]

A Company is to be formed in two ranks, at one pace distance, with the tallest men in the rear, and both ranks sized, with the shortest men of each in the centre. A company thus drawn up is to be divided into two sections or platoons ; the captain to take post on the righ of the first platoon, covered by a serjeant ; the lieutenant on the right of the second platoon, also covered by a serjeant ; the ensign four paces behind the centre of the company ; the first serjeant two paces beind the centre of the first platoon, and the eldest corporal two paces behind the second platoon ; the other two corporals are to be on the flanks of the front rank.


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