George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin, Baron [von] Steuben, 24 April 1780


the 24th of April 1780

Four batalions formed in a Brigade under the command of Brigadier General Clinton—two field pieces with each batalion– will be at ten oClock in the morning upon the place of exercise. The infantry will have twelve cartriges—The artillery thirteen for firing and fourteen for signals. Major general Baron De Steuben will make them execute the following manoeuvres.

1st a passage of defile and display from the center.
2dly a retreat en echequier.
3d change of position with a batalion upon the
right flank.
4 Another change of position with a batalion upon
the left flank.
5th a march in four columns inverse, and a formation
in the first position.
6. an attack in front and
7th a March in open column in parade.


At ten OClock precisely the line will be formed in parade—the cannon upon the wings of the batalions.

At the arrival of the Ambassador of France he will be saluted by thirteen

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[14th] Signal

March in front with the common step—the quick or redoubled step commanded by a pistol shot—The charge with bayonet commanded by a pistol shot—Halt in the attineation—Four batalion firings followed by two discharges of cannon—will finish the manoeuvre.

The batalions open in parade order—prepare arms and salute—The batalions close break by platoons from the right—file off before the Ambassador and pay him the honor.

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