Re: 1812 Re: Pike Exercise Question- Present
- Thanks, Peter, I did find that on Googlebooks. My comment about the Norfolk Militia drill is in reference to the Halbred drill from that manual being the same as the Pike Drill from "A Treatise..." in that both leave out any mention for Present Arms with the Halbred/Pike.
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From: peter monahan<mailto:petemonahan@...>
Iain A separate drill for the pike was developed in line with the words of command
used for the musket drill of the other ranks. The below drill is reproduced from
A Treatise on the British Drill and Exercise of the Company; with an
Introduction to the Field Exercise of the Battalion; Explaining the Different
Posts and Situations of Every Individual in the Battalion During the Performance
of its Movements. By an Infantry Officer (London: 1814). May be found at "The Discriminating General", Peter Twist's site. Robert Henderson wrote the article, which covers everything but the salute!
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- I think that Jason is on the right track. No one seems to have seen a drill manual containing the present arms for pikes, so period pictures would be the next best source of information.
I have been debating whether the details of this picture are clear enough or not, but I'll let you decide: http://www.cmhg.gc.ca/cmh/image-461-eng.asp?page_id=526. This sketch is 'Scenes at Laprairie' and there is a Serjeant in the background. The pike is held vertically in front of the left thigh, and the left arm is bent. This looks to me like he is presenting arms with his pike in the same manner as if he had a musket.
--- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, "Iain Burns" <iain51hdbw@...> wrote:
> Thanks, Peter, I did find that on Googlebooks.