|Colonel Barriffe provides this* to illustrate the way all members
of a unit should be arrayed in preparation for battle. Not
only are pikemen and musketeers represented here but so are
others: captain or commander, lieutenant, drummers, sergeants and
ensign (flag bearer for those new to this).
Note and remember the positions of each kind in relation to the others.
The commander and ensign are at the front to lead, to orient and to inspire the soldiers (plus the commander has to see what to do next). Sergeants are at each corner to coordinate and to be sure all soldiers within shouting distance obey the commander's orders. Drummers are at the front and rearmost ranks, here between the musketeers and the pike. Drummers, with their drumbeats, repeat and emphasize the commands. At the rear is the lieutenant, placed there primarily to keep him protected so that he would be available to step forward to take command should the commander fall. The lieutenant can also provide guidance from his position and be sure no soldier shirks his duty.