Re: U.S. Tactics for Colored Troops
I suspect it was published so as to put all of the newly minted USCT officers on the same page, so to speak. Just about all of the company grade USCT officers were noncoms in white regiments and had trained according to different manuals.
According to one freshly minted Lieutenant who was training black troops on the Mississippi River, "I put on a bold face, and go it blind, and sometimes I am at a loss to know how to go through the manual of arms. One reason is, I have always drilled Hardee and Elsworth's Manual of Arms, and now we have to drill Casey's, and there is considerable difference, and then to have to drill a company six hours a day."
Last edited by Vicksburg Dave; 02-05-2008 at 03:40 AM.
David Slay, Ph.D
Ranger, Vicksburg National Military Park