LOL - I learned twenty years ago that the kiss of death for any maneuver you're trying to learn is for one of the officers to say some variation of "Now pay attention because you might see this in the battle this afternoon." That really means "Thrash around hopelessly in the mud or dust for another hour in despair because you're never going to see this maneuver again as long as you continue to reenact."
Originally Posted by Colonel Dave
I was a casualty in that battalion, as a result of that flanking action! I don't think forming a square was the best and easiest solution. Simply backward wheeling the battalion would refuse the brigade right flank and bring tremendous firepower to bear. That, and I think the square was so rare as to be nearly non-existant as an American Civil War maneuver. But I'm just a guy in the ranks...
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