Learn some of the drills performed by soldiers at Fort Stanwix/Schuyler. At the fort, the soldiers were placed into one of three squads, or practice groups, based on how well they learned. The "Grand Squad" might only need to practice an hour a day. And at the other end, the "Awkwards" and the "Extreme Awkward Squad" might have to practice up to 6 hours a day! Where will you fall in? Soldiers practiced these drills together in order to improve their discipline and teamwork. Will they do the same for you?
First, learn six basic commands by studying the animations below. Then stand up, give yourself plenty of room, and practice each movement. Want to be more authentic? Use a stick as a practice musket!
When you're ready, play the video at the end of the actvity and follow along with the soldier. Watch all the way to the end – the soldier will demonstrate a musket firing drill!
At this word you must be silent and stand firm and steady, moving neither hand nor foot (except as ordered). Listen carefully to the words of command.
2. Shoulder Firelock!
Use your imagination or ask to borrow a broom that can stand in for a musket. Make sure you have plenty of room around you and be careful not to hit anything!
3. To the Right - Face!
Lift your toes and turn to the right on your heels, then bring your feet together.
4. To the Left - Face!
Lift your toes and turn to the left on your heels, then bring your feet together.
5. To the Front - March!
Step first with your left foot and walk forward with a natural step.
When you hear the command, lower your raised foot and bring your feet together.
Last updated: May 25, 2022