> From: Kevin Windsor <kevin.windsor@...>in light infantry tactics. They were locals (for the most part) knew the
> Subject: Re: Re: Militia Flank Companies
> I have no doubt that most if not all militia flank companies were trained
land they were fighting on, and they were too independant of mind to fight
like regulars. This probably explains
> why there were so many irregulars like rifle companies, cavalry companies,Kevin's Ballistic Missle corp of Yankee fighters etc. Or it could be like
us re-enactors most want to be something different and not regular. (DUCK!)
> For heavens sake lets get rid of this idiotic idea that Lt. infantry and
> rifles is for those who are unwilling or unable to do simple infantry
>BRAVO TIM !!! As a 20+ year veteran of this game , I too get sick and
tired of the mentality that light troops don't do line and militia doesn't
drill!! I have done line and light on both sides, from pvt to officer, it's
not hard to at least learn basic drill ! I thought we had already hashed
this out before! If people would just drop the Victorian romanticism about
the "stalwart defender of Upper Canada" aka "militia man", pick up a drill
manual , and read it, not just the parts you want to do, but the entire
manual, you will find that it's not that difficult to do. In the manual you
will find that battalion drill comes before any light drill .
The troops that bore the brunt of the fighting on both sides were the
regulars! Yes, the militia's did their part, but don't be fooled by the
"independent attitude". Military law applied to the militia also! Yes, the
couldn't be flogged, but they could be shot!
This is not an attack on anyone, just a very annoying idea!