"School of the Soldier"
Below is a list of links to help you train and develop into a superior infantryman.

Once you have made the commitment to join a reenacting company and portray a soldier of the Civil War, it is important that you have a good understanding of the expectations while on duty. 


Unlike the soldiers of the 1860's, we don't have the opportunity to drill everyday.  Likewise from one event to the next we become rusty and need refreshing at every event.


Hopefully the links at the right will be beneficial not only to the new recruit but to seasoned veterans as well.


A wide variety of manuals were used during the Civil War by both the Union and Confederate troops.  As the war developed a equipment changed, military leaders on both sides saw the need of new instructions for the troops.

Silas' Reenacting Links is one of the best and most comprehensive sites on the internet for civil war drills and links.

http://www.usregulars.com is an excellent online source for manuals of instruction.

Scott's Infantry Tactics (1835)

Hardee's Rifle and Light Infantry Tactics (1855)

Baxter's Volunteer Manual (1861)

Casey's Infantry Tactics (1862)


Sometimes referred to "School of the Soldier"  deals with how the infantry soldier should react to specific commands.  There are a variety of good sources of material on the internet ranging from printed to animated instructions.

Teach the Civil War

Sykes Regulars - School of Instuction

2nd Wisconsin

Bugle Calls and Commands

The following are bugle calls used by civil war soldiers during drill and battle. These were recorded by Armory Guards Bugler, Matt Grubb. It is their hope that others will find these helpful in learning the multitude of bugle calls used during the American Civil War.

The Armory Guards are making these available at no charge though they retain all rights to these records. Sales, alteration, editing or conversion of these recordings by anyone other than the Armory Guards is strictly forbidden. Sharing or linking to these files for the betterment of the hobby is encouraged as long as the Armory Guards receive credit for the recordings. 

These bugle calls are in an mp3 format. You will need software capable of playing mp3 files such as Windows Media Player or Apple's QuickTime Player.


 Bugle Calls