Drill Videos from Liberty Rifles

Winter is a great time to work on improving your impression. A big part of our ability to accurately portray veteran soldiers from the Civil War era is to ensure our drill appears as accurate and as practiced as possible. We’ll never get as good as the men who practiced and drilled for hours and …

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Drill Bits: Building a Company Front

By Brad Ireland, 4th Virginia, Co. A When a battalion is marching in a column of fours (for sake of discussion, by the right flank), the battalion commander has the ability to build a company front to the left, right, and straight ahead of the column of march. Each scenario requires a different command, and …

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The Humble Housewife

By Brad Ireland, 4th Virginia, Co. A The personal sewing kit, affectionately called a “Housewife”, was an indispensable tool carried by Civil War soldiers both North and South. Soldiers were issued clothing in limited quantities. They couldn’t pop out to their local Wal-Mart to buy a new pair of pants every time they wore hole …

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Drill Bits: The Oblique Firings

By Brad Ireland. 4th Virginia, Co. A The Right Oblique What the manual says: “192. The oblique firings will be executed to the right and left, and by the same commands as the direct fire, with this single difference—the command aim will always be preceded by the caution, right or left oblique. Position of the …

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Confederate Fighting Knives

By Brad Ireland, 4th Virginia, Co. A When one thinks of a fighting knife, the first image that comes to mind is the Bowie Knife. The Bowie knife first became famous after Jim Bowie used a large knife at a duel know as the “Sandbar Fight” in 1827. This historic knife has seen many different designs. …

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Drill Bits: Company, Right – Face!

By Brad Ireland, 4th Virginia, Co. A Facing by the right flank is one of the most basic drill movements in the manual, yet is also the one that is almost guaranteed to cause mass confusion. Do I step up? Who should be on either side of me? Am I a one or a two? …

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Blanket Displays

By Brad Ireland, 4th Virginia, Co.A I have been to many living histories in my time as a re-enactor. Most of these living histories involve a manual of arms demonstration, firing demonstration, and a drill demonstration. After the Demo, the visitors are often invited back to see the camp and to ask questions. Quite often the …

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Drill Bits: Inspection of Arms

By Brad Ireland, 4th Virginia, Co. A During the war it was necessary for officers to inspect the weapons of the troops under their command to insure that they are clean and in proper functional order. It is even more important for the inspection of arms at reenactments to ensure that the weapons are functioning, …

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