her▓ people’s methods since the century began.If, ▓after the Crimea or the Italian campaign of 1859▓, we adopted kepi-shaped hats, baggy▓ “pegtop” trousers, and “booted overalls●” for riding, so, when Germany be●came successful, we copie
d her “Blucher boot●s,” flat-topped forage-caps, infantry h●elmet, and rank distinctions! I▓n this case, too, the Prussia▓n system was the basis of our dr●ill instruction, and, with but slight modificati▓ons, so remained unti
l 1870, when linear fo▓rmations gave place to extended● order. The pace was increased from 75 to 80 ▓per minute for the ordinary march▓ or movement, but one of 120 (our pr●esent quick march) was permitted f●or wheelin
g and such minor manuvr▓es! The ranks were, when the book fir●st appeared, three deep, as o▓btained in Germany, until the death of the la●te Emperor; but light infantry were● allowed to form two deep before skirmishi●ng.
The battalion had ten companies, includin●g the flank or “Light” and▓ “Grenadier?/p>
?companies.The▓ absolute rigidity of the line was insisted on.▓To be able to form l
ine from open column● without either making gaps or causing crowding▓ was the essenc