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Alleghany Artillery

Drill Manual
Table of Contents:
The cannon
The crew
The orders

The Cannon
The Civil War Artillery piece is a delicate and powerful
machine, that has the capability to kill multiple men
in one shot, be it long range, or short range. Within
the Battery, we own 2 3-inch Ordinance Rifles, as well
as 2 Napoleons, (NOTE: This is subject to change.) and
we must know what one looks like, and how to operate
it safely, and efficiently.

The Three-Inch Ordnance:

The Napoleon:

Both Cannons have the same firing and loading


systems, (excluding sighting in a target) meaning if you
are trained on one, you are trained on the other.
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The Crew
The artillery crew during the Civil War was made of 4
to 5 men minimum. They were, the Worm, the Sponge,
the Prick, and the Jerk.
The Worm: Responsible for loading the shot, as well as
scraping out any ashes/sparks/live powder still down
the barrel.
The Sponge: Responsible for handling the shot, as well
as swabbing the barrel in between shots, to wet any
burning items still in the barrel that the Worm did not
get.
The Prick: Responsible for priming the shot, by
pricking the bag with the fuse, and priming with a
cap. (depending on cannon)
The Jerk: Responsible for firing the cannon as well as
ensuring the safety of the crew when the cannon is
fired.
Extra roles include: The Powder Monkey, the Piece
Commander, and the Limber.
The Powder Monkey: Retrieved charge from the Limber
box, checked it with the Commander, and gave it to the
Sponge to be loaded and fired.

The Piece Commander: Often an NCO, he was


responsible for ensuring safety and efficiency on his
piece, as well as communication with the Officers.
The Limber: Helped move cannon, as well as receive
couriers, in the absence of a 2nd/1st Lt.
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The Orders:
NOTE: This only needs to be memorized by the
Officers and NCOs of the battery.
The orders of the artillery battery during the Civil War
were simple, and repetitive.
For a piece commander: Charge is good! Ram it
home/Charge (Canister/Round/Explosive/etc) shot!
Prime the shot! Ready! Fire! Worm! Sponge! (Repeat)
Lets go through a quick re run of that:
PM(Powder Monkey) (Name of shot) Shot sir! PC(Piece
Commander): Charge is good! S(Sponge): Charge
Received! PC: Ram it home! W(Worm): Ramming!
Charge Loaded! PC: Prime the shot! P(Prick): Charge
Primed! PC: Ready! J(Jerk): READY, CLEAR THE
PIECE! PC: FIRE! (Boom) PC: Worm! W: Clear! PC:
Sponge! S: Clear! Repeat.

For an officer, there are no real commands, however


you may give directions at your discretion. For
Example:
1st Sgt: Battery, fire at will! Fire down the
center/left/right! Direct fire at (Target)! Limber up!
Unlimber! Fire (Name of Shot) shot!
1st Lt: Fire at that regiment, in the corn. Have em
direct fire down that way. (NOTE: For 2nd Lt and above,
orders are given to NCOs such as 1st Sgts and Sgts to
execute towards the PCs, as a chain of command.)
CPT: Direct fire. Moving over to the corn field. Have em
hit that regiment. (NOTE: For 2nd Lt and above, you will
not be yelling orders, merely telling the NCOs how to
execute orders.)
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Chain of Command:
CPT: Xake (Elias W. Treadway)
1st Lt: Colton (Charles C. Sheffield)
1st Sgt: Togie (Bryan Treadway)
Sgt: Corvus (Maxwell Jackson)
Cpl: Edwardson (Steven E. Barbee)
Cpl: Metal (Bertram Johnson)
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Enlisted Men:

Pvts:
PVT: Muffin (Paul Erdmann)
PVT: Evan (Evan Le Blanc)
PVT: Varangian (Benjamin Busby)

Recs
Xtreemz (Xtreemz)
Patrick (Patrick Stringfellow)
Grucia (Nenad Gujicic)
Fresh (Mmes)
Tazmaniak (Jebediah Grant)