This U.S. Infantry Tactics manual was owned and carried during the Civil War by Horatio Hight, 2nd Lieutenant in Company C of the 12th Maine Infantry Regiment.
The purpose of the 450 page manual was to educate newly enlisted volunteer officers in the handling of troops under their command. Volunteer officers did not have the training and education provided to professional officers who attended and graduated from West Point Military Academy.
By studying this manual, one would learn "The school of the soldier; the school of the company; instruction for skirmishes; the general calls, the calls for skirmishes, and the school of the battalion; including the articles of war and a dictionary of military terms."
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