Mountain Howitzer Drill
Note: For those guns that move with the infantry, there is an adaptation of the 1863 Mt. Howitzer drill, which is being used by some units and may be an alternative to the NCWAA std. drill. This drill will be discussed later.
and adaptations of the standard drill.
I. When Marching To The Piece: The box may be carried by the cannoneers at the
rear of the column. At the gun line, it is advanced to the front of the column and
placed in line with the other boxes and limbers. Equipment is then distributed as per
the std. drill.
II. Post on the Piece: This step follows the std. drill, with Numbers 1 and 3 advancing
to the right side of the gun and Numbers 2 and 4 to the left side. It differs from the
std. drill with the placement of 1 and 2. Numbers 1 and 2 locate themselves outside
the gun wheels, in front of the axel, but behind the front edge of the wheel. Numbers
1 and 2 will be working over the wheels for all servicing of the piece.
III. Tend Vent or Piece: Number 3 steps inside the wheel and kneels, resting on the
right knee. Number 3 now continues with his duties, as per the std. drill, while being
careful to keep his face and body away from the vent.
Note: Placement of Number 4 remains the same as std. drill at this time.
IV. Worm: Number 2 steps up and works over the wheel to worm and service the piece.
While being careful not to move in front of the muzzle at any time, the std. drill
procedure is followed at this point,
V. Sponge: This step follows the std. drill except sponging and all servicing of the gun is
done over the wheels.
VI. Advance The Cartridge or Round: Number 2 remains outside the wheel at the
same position used to worm and service the piece and works over the wheel to place
the cartridge into the muzzle. If the worm is to be used to indicate “round in” it will
be placed on top of the wheel instead of the hub.
VII. Ram: While observing the std. safety precautions for ramming, Number 1 works
over the wheel to ram the cartridge. After completing this step Number 1 places the
ram on top of the wheel.
VIII. Ready the Piece: Number 3 punctures the cartridge and continues to work from the
kneeling position. This step proceeds as normal, with Number 4 taking extra care
that he does not expose any part of his body to the vent while the primer is being