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According to Hardee’s Tactics, used extensively to instruct infantrymen in the Civil War, every officer “should, by practice, be enabled, if necessary,” to perform this important function.

  • Cast bullets and roll cartridges for his men
  • Operate field telegraph equipment
  • Sound the bugle calls
  • Hit a 10-inch target with a rifle-musket at 300 yards
  • Perform basic surgery in the field