1.) How to pay respect to
a.) The Salute: raise right hand to side of the visor,
palm to the front; elbow at the height of the shoulder. Look to the
officer in a respectful soldierly manner and hold the salute until the
officer returns it.
b.) With Arms: Sergeants, Corporals and Privates come to
shoulder and bring the left hand across the body as to strike the
musket near the right shoulder. Look to the officer in a respectful
soldierly manner and hold the salute until the officer returns it.
c.) Guards: Come to the shoulder for Captains and below;
to present arms for Majors and up including the officer of the
i.) Guards also salute armed bodies of men. If commanded by
a NCO, come to the shoulder. If commanded by an officer, then
2.) When to Salute
a.) Salute when meeting an officer.
b.) When addressing an officer salute upon the first
communication and then again before turning away.
c.) When seated, without a particular occupation, rise and
make the salutation. When standing, turn and face the officer with the
3.) When NOT to Salute
a.) When the officer remains in the same area.
b.) When on guard duty between retreat and reveille.
c.) When employed in a work detail.
d.) When in formation.
4.) Other points on
a.) When entering officers quarters under arms, make the
proper salute. Without arms, simply remove your cap and hold the
position of a soldier.
b.) Remain standing until invited to sit down.
c.) Soldiers in a room should rise when an officer enters and
remain standing until invited to sit.
d.) When meeting with an officer, keep your bearing and be
short and to the point in speech.
"The foregoing regulations should be strictly observed by
enlisted men, and their faithful performance will add much to the
military reputation of a company or regiment."
– Customs of
On Corporals and Sergeants
– examples of soldiers in neatness and order.
a.) Should be the first to fall in for roll call – punctual
b.) Familiar with the School of the Soldier and prepared to
c.) Familiar with the duties of sentinels.
2.) Sergeants –
examples to Corporals and men.
a.) File closers – see that men pay attention to duty,
preserve order, march properly & keep closed.
b.) During battle they keep men in line and do not allow them
to fall out for any reason – including helping the wounded!
c.) See to the filling of the canteen and to the conservation
of the rations.
1.) Focus on the situation. See yourself ACTUALLY in battle!
2.) Do not see the event as a "show".
3.) Avoid joking while in combat. Would you be laughing in a
hailstorm of lead?
4.) Practice flinching and ducking. Remember, shells filled
with little lead balls are bursting overhead.
5.) Be intense. Try being afraid but courageous. There’s no
turning back; it’s either fight or die.
6.) Most of all be aware of the situation. This is no
"walk in the park". Men are trying their best to make YOU a
This is the art of "acting" as if you are a man from the
1860’s. Purpose: To achieve that "you are there"
feeling and to educate the public.
a.) Use 1860 slang words.
b.) Make yourself aware of etiquette of the period.
c.) Be natural. You are YOU in the 1860’s.
d.) STAY IN CHARACTER! It looks silly to talk in first person
one minute and switch over to the Ranger game the next.