Sudbury Militia
1764 Manual of Arms
I. Manual of Arms
1. Shoulder you firelock!
2. Poise your firelock!
3. Advance your firelock!
4. Slope your firelock!
5. Erect your firelock!
6. Support your firelock!
7. Trail your firelock!
8. Order your firelock!
9. Ground your firelock!
10. Take up your firelocks!
11. Ease your arms!
12. Clap hands!
13. Handle your arms!
14. Present arms!
III. Bayonet Drill
1. Prepare to fix bayonets!
2. Fix your bayonets!
3. Shoulder your firelocks!
4. Charge Your bayonets!
5. Shoulder your firelocks!
6. Prepare to unfix bayonets!
7. Unfix bayonets!
8. Shoulder your firelocks!
II. Firings
A. Slow firings
1. Poise your firelocks!
2. Cock your firelocks!
3. Present!
4. Fire!
5. Half-cock your firelock!
6. Handle your cartridge!
7. Prime!
8. Shut your pans!
9. Cast about!
10. Charge with cartridge
11. Shoulder your firelocks!
12. Poise your firelocks!
13. Present!
14. Fire!

B. Rapid firings
1. Prime and Load!
2. 'Bout!
3. Make Ready!
4. Present!
5. Fire!

C. Firing by platoons
1. Company from the right will fire by platoons!
2. Prime and load!
3. 'Bout!
4. 1st Platoon! Make Ready!
5. Present!
6. Fire!
7. 2d Platoon! Make Ready!
8. Present!
9. Fire!

D. Firings on the advance
1. Company from the right will fire by platoons on the advance!
2. Prime and load!
3. 'Bout!
4. 1st Platoon! Make ready!
5. Present!
6. Fire!
a. 1st platoon commander will then have his platoon prime and load again and shoulder firelocks
7. 2d Platoon! Shoulder your firelocks!
8. 2d Platoon! To the front, march!
a. The 2d Platoon should march approximately 10 paces immediately after the 1st platoon fires. The 2d Platoon does not wait for the 1st Platoon
9. 2d Platoon! Take care...halt!
10. Make ready!
11. Present!
12. Fire!
13. First platoon! To the front, march!
a. 1st platoon will march 10 paces past 2d platoon, halt and give fire after the 2d Platoon fires.

E. Firing on the retreat
1. Company from the right will fire by platoons on the retreat!
2. Prime and load!
3. 'Bout!
4. 1st Platoon! Make ready!
5. Present!
6. Fire!
a. 1st platoon commander will then have his platoon shoulder firelocks
7. 1st Platoon! Shoulder your firelocks!
8. 1st Platoon! To the right about face!
9. 1st Platoon, to the rear, march!
a. The 1st Platoon should retreat 10 paces, halt, right about face and prime and load
9. 2d Platoon! Make ready!
10 Present!
11. Fire!
12. 2d Platoon! Shoulder your firelocks!
13. 2d Platoon! To the right about face!
14. 2d Platoon, to the rear, march!
a. The 2d Platoon should retreat ten paces and come into line with the 1st platoon. The platoon should then halt, right about face and prime and load. The 1st Platoon cannot fire and retreat again until the 2d Platoon is loaded. To do so would invite a British charge.
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IV. Platoon Maneuvers
A. Wheeling
1. To the right wheel!
2. To the left wheel!
3. To the right about wheel!
4. To the left about wheel!

B. Turns
1. To the left turn!
2. To the right turn!

C. Oblique March
1. Incline to the left, march!
2. Incline to the right, march!

D. Advancing by files
1. Company, by the right, advance by files!
2. To the right, face!
3. Trail your firelocks!
4. To the front, march!

E. Retreat by files
1. Company, by the right, retreat by files
2. To the right face!
3. Trail your firelocks!
4. To the rear, march!

F. Forming company (from files)
1. To the front, form company!
2. To the right, form company!
3. To the left, form company!
4. At extended order! To the front (left, right) form company!

G. Line into column by wheeling
1. Take care to move from line to column by platoons!
2. To the right (left) wheel, march!

H. Column into line by wheeling
1. Take care to move from column into line by platoons!
2. To the right (left) wheel, march!

I. Line into column by breaking off
1. Company, from the right, advance by platoons!
2. 1st Platoon: To the front, march!
3. 2d Platoon: Incline to the right , march!

J. Column into line by breaking off
1. To the front, form company!
2. 1st Platoon: Halt! or 1/2 step, march!
3. 2d Platoon: Incline to the left, march!

K. Flank protection from column formation: left flank
1. To the left and front, form company!
2. 1st Platoon: To the left wheel, march
3. 1st Platoon: Halt!
4. 2d Platoon: To the front, march!
5. 2d Platoon: halt!

L. Flank protection from column formation: right flank
1. To right and front, form company!
2. 1st Platoon: To the right wheel, march
3. 1st Platoon: Halt!
4. 2d Platoon: To the front, march!
5. 2d Platoon: halt!
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