Firing by Forlorn File
"By file, musketeers give fire and
This is basic for the use of musketeers on the battlefield.
With this method, a steady rate of fire may be had rather than sporadic
shots at the enemy. With a steady rate of fire came coordinated
fire, which evolved into volley fire.
Immediately after firing, that musketeer retires to the end of
the file by the 'maintain ground' countermarch, with added motion of
that musketeer then turning and rejoining his file. Once back in file,
the musketeer takes the opportunity to reload. By the time he
reaches the front of the file again, he is ready to fire.
Barriffe did not provide a command specific to this, so the command here
is suggested. This procedure would be done within larger maneuvers, being an
intrinsic part of them, and the method well understood and practiced by