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For An Advance

Military Handbooks: The Plattsburg Manual

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.