The character of vvarre, or The image of martiall discipline contayning many vsefull directions for musters & armes, and the very first principles in discipline, the ground postures, all the military motions now vsed ... By Edvvard Cooke.
Cooke, Edward, fl. 1626-1631.

CHAP. XXVI. This Chapter sheweth a young Commander how he should begin to order his Company: How to command the same properly by se∣uerall distinct words of Command: And to obserue true Di∣stance in euery Motion: Whether it be to Face, to Wheele, to Charge, to Counter-march, or double.

THus then he may Command (when the Company is vnorde∣red, intermingled one with another, parted from their Armes, and lying in sundry places.)

  • Separate your selues.
  • To your Armes.
  • File and Ranke your selues.
  • Euery File-leader, know his place.
  • Aduance your Pikes.
  • Shoulder your Muskets.
  • Fall into a body, and flanke your Pikes with Mus∣kets.
  • Take your first distance six foot both in File and Ranke.
  • Order your Pikes.
  • Rest your Muskets.
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  • Stand Right in your Files.
  • Stand right in your Rankes.
  • Marke your Directions. Silence.
  • Face to the right hand. as you were.
  • Face to the left hand. as you were.
  • Face to the right hand about. as you were.
  • Face to the left hand about. as you were.
  • Rankes to the right hand double. as you were.
  • Rankes to the left hand double. as you were.
  • Files to the right hand double. as you were.
  • Files to the left hand double. as you were.
  • Middle men to the right hand, Double your Front. Middle men as you were.
  • Middle men to the left hand, Double your Front. Middle men as you were.
  • Middle men to the right hand In∣tire, Double your Front. Middle men as you were.
  • Middle men to the left hand In∣tire, Double your Front. Middle men as you were.
  • Middle men double your Front to the right and left hand by diuision.
  • Middle men as you were.
  • Bringers vp to the right hand, Double your Front. Bringers vp as you were.
  • Bringers vp to the left hand, Double your Front. Bringers vp as you were.
  • *Rankes to the right hand Counter-march.
  • Rankes to the left hand Counter-march.
  • Files to the right hand Counter-march.
  • Files to the left hand Counter-march.
  • aFiles close to your Order. Three foot in File and Ranke.
  • Rankes close to your Order. Three foot in File and Ranke.
  • Wheele to the right hand.
  • Wheele to the left hand.
  • *Wheele to the right hand about.
  • Wheele to the left hand about.
  • Charge to the right hand. As you were.
  • Charge to the left hand. As you were.
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  • Charge to both by diuision, As you were.
  • Charge to the Front, As you were.
  • Charge to the Reare, As you were.
  • Charge to both by diuision, As you were.
  • Charge, Front, Reare, and Flankes, As you were.
  • Open yur Files to your open Order. Six foot.
  • Open your Rankes to your open Order. Six foot.
  • Order your Pikes. March.
  • Shoulder your Pikes. March.
  • Charge to the right hand.*Do all this by the beat of the Drumme.
  • As you were. March. Do all this by the beat of the Drumme.
  • Charge to the left hand. Do all this by the beat of the Drumme.
  • As you were. March. Do all this by the beat of the Drumme.
  • Charge to the Reare. Do all this by the beat of the Drumme.
  • As you were. March. Do all this by the beat of the Drumme.
  • Beare-vp your Pikes and Counter-march to the right hand.*
  • Beare-vp your Pikes, and Counter-march to the left hand.
  • Aduance your Pikes marching. Keepe your first Distance six foot in File & Ranke.
  • Port your Pikes marching. Keepe your first Distance six foot in File & Ranke.
  • Traile your Pikes marching. Keepe your first Distance six foot in File & Ranke.
  • Cheeke your Pikes from the traile. Keepe your first Distance six foot in File & Ranke.
  • Make a stand: Marke your Directions.

The right hand file lead forth, the rest follow in sequence one after another.

  • Lay your Pikes on the outside one of another.
  • Recouer (Marching) and aduance your Pikes. Stand.
  • File-leaders bring vp your Files into a body.
  • Files open to the right hand Open order. Six foot.
  • Files close to the left hand to your Order. Three foot.
  • To the 〈…〉
  • A foot and a halfe. In Fle.
  • Rnkes open backward to your double Distance. Twelue foot.
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  • Rankes File to the right hand. Rankes as you were.
  • Rankes File to the left hand. Rankes as you were.
  • Rankes File to the right and left hand.
  • Close your Rankes to six foot.
  • Open your Files to six foot.

Being reduced to your first Distance.

  • Order your Pikes.
  • Lay downe your Pikes.
  • Take vp your Pikes, and order.

Thus much for Exercising, and of the Postures of the Pike therein vsed. The seuerall Postures of the Musket followeth in the next Chapter.