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NCWAA Drill Manual

Important Notice: The information presented in this manual is intended for use with proper instruction, other information and materials, and is not a standalone document. The drill described in this manual is not the only safe method for loading and firing artillery and may not be the best procedure under all circumstances. This manual assumes that all artillery is of modern construction and in good working order, all loads are well constructed and will not leak powder when rammed and that other safety equipment and procedures are utilized. It is also assumed that users have a good working knowledge of artillery and have received instruction in the use of this manual. The firing of a cannon is dangerous and can cause the loss of life and limbs if done incorrectly or as the result of numerous unforeseen phenomena.

 THE NATIONAL CIVIL WAR ARTILLERY ASSOCIATION

SCHOOL OF THE PIECE

LIMBER DRILL

 

The procedures and commands presented below are recommended and endorsed by the National Civil War Artillery Association, in the preparation of the gun crew at the limber prior to posting on the gun. All commands are CAPITALIZED while descriptions of the action are in normal print. When specific cannoneers are involved in the action, the individuals illustrated are darkened.

 

Position A: With gun and limber previously placed, the Gunner or Chief-of-the-piece has moved the gun crew (detachment) into position to begin the manning of the piece. The detachment is at rest. The command of the detachment has been relinquished to the Gunner. The Gunner initiates the preparation sequence.

 

 

 

Gunner orders: DETACHMENT, ATTENTION POST ON THE LIMBER, MARCH.

(Gun crew advances to Position B)

 

Position B: Numbers 1 and 2 locate themselves near the outside rear of the right and left limber wheels followed by 3, 4, and 5. The Gunner advances to a position between the limber and gun, and then faces the limber Numbers 6 and 7 locate themselves close to the rear of the limber chest. Number 6 unlocks the chest assisted by 7 who holds open and closes the chest as necessary. Number 8 locates himself so that he may observe the implement exchange and the activities of the spectators. Number 6 takes charge of the gun crew. The Chief-of-the-Piece observes from a convenient position.

 

 

Number 6 issues gauntlets to numbers 1 and 2, when the exchange is completed. Number 6 orders the detachment to advance.

 

Number 6 orders: DETACHMENT, ONE STEP FORWARD, MARCH

(Gun crew advances to Position C)

 

Position C: Numbers 1 through 5 move forward one step:

 

 

 

Number 6 issues a tube pouch (for the primers) and a lanyard to Number 4, Number 7 issues a second tube pouch, thumbstall, priming wire (vent prick), gimlet, and vent brush to Number 3. Numbers 5 and 7 assist Number 3 with the thumbstall and pouch adjustments. When the exchange is completed, Number 6 orders the detachment to advance.

 

Number 6 orders: DETACHMENT, ONE STEP FORWARD, MARCH

(Gun crew advances to Position D)

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