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For An Advance

Field Orders (Title)
No. ---- (Place)
(Reference to map used) (Date and Hour)

(1) (Information of enemy and of our
Troops supporting troops)
(2) (Plan of commander)

(a) Independent (3) (a) (Instructions for independent
Cavalry: cavalry-place and time of departure,
(Commander) roads or country to be
(Troops) covered, special mission)

(b) Advance Guard: (b) (Instructions for advance
(Commander) guard-place and time of departure,
or distance at which it is to
(Troops) precede the main body, route,
special mission)
(c) Main Body--in order (c) (Instructions for main body--distance
of march: at which it is to follow
(Commander) the advance guard, or place and
time of departure)

(d) Right (left) Flank (d) (Instructions for flank guard--place
Guard: and time of departure,
(Commander) route, special mission)

(e) Signal Troops: (e) (Instructions for signal troops--lines
(Commander) of information to be established,
special mission)

(x) (Instructions for outpost--when
relieved subsequent duties)

(4) (Instructions for field train--escort,
distance in rear of column, or destination
when different from that of main body, if
disposition not previously covered in

(Instructions for sanitary, ammunition,
supply and engineer trains when necessary)

(5) (Place of commander or where messages may be

(How and to whom issued)


Notice in particular that the first thing in the body of the order is
the information of the enemy and of supporting or friendly troops; 2d,
the plan; 3d, the detailed instruction for executing the plan; 4th, the
order to field train; 5th, the place where the commander can be found.

All orders, whether for a retreat, an attack, a defense, the
establishment of an outpost and so on, should take this general form.

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