site logo


Military Handbooks: The Plattsburg Manual

Deploy. To extend the front. A squad deploys when it goes As

skirmishers. A company likewise deploys when it goes from column into


File. Two men, the front rank man and the corresponding man in the

rear rank. The front rank man is the file leader. A file which has no

rear rank man is a blank file.

Interval. Space between elements of the same line. The interval

between men in ranks is 4 inches and is measured from elbow to elbow. It

is to get this interval that each man is required to raise his arm when

the company is formed.

Distance. Space between elements in the direction of depth. It is

measured from the back of the man in front to the breast of the man in

rear. The rear rank when in line or column is 40 inches from the front


The guide of a squad in line is right unless otherwise announced.

The guide of a squad deployed, (i.e., skirmishers) is center unless

otherwise announced.