Nathaniel Perry drill book  1751
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Collection Scope and Content Note

The Nathaniel Perry drill book (4" x 6.5", 25 pages) contains 17 pages of instructions for several military drills performed by the Massachusetts Militia in the 1750s and 8 pages of an unknown author's exercises in writing letters of the alphabet.

Brief instructions for individual drills are organized under the following headings:

  • "Eight Entire Several Doublings with their Reducements"
  • "Eight Several Countermarches with their Reducements"
  • "Eight Entire Doublings by Wheeling with there [ sic ] Reducement"
  • "Ten Several Wheelings with their Reducement"
  • "Of Ranks Wheeling to the Midst of files"
  • "Twelve Several Countermarches with there [ sic ] Reducements"
  • "The following Exercise is to be Performed with four files Six deep"
  • "Thirty Several words of Command of Inversion and Conversion"
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