Drill call (infantry).|
I will anticipate a little by saying that the last drill of any kind in which my own company engaged took place among the hills of Stevensburg
, but a day or two before the army started into the Wilderness
From that time until the close of the war batteries were kept in constant motion, or placed in the intrenchments on siege duty, thus putting battery drill out of the question; such at least was the fact with light batteries attached to the various army corps.
The Artillery Reserve, belonging to the Army of the Potomac, may have been an exception to this.
I have no information in regard to it.
The artillery, like the infantry, had its squad drill, but, as the marchings and facings were of only trifling importance, there was an insignificant amount of time spent on them.
The drivers were usually exempted from drill of this kind, the cannoneers of the gun detachments doing enough of it to enable them, while drilling the standing-gun drill, so called,--a drill without horses,--to get from line into