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. XXVII. Of the Postures of the Musket.

THe Postures of the Musket are sundry and many. Some make 32. some 40. some 43. some more, some lesse. All which are for Military instruction in the time of Trayning, and to make the Souldier most exquisite and perfect: But in time of present ser∣uice before the face of the enemy, or in fight, then all this great number of Postures they reduce into three only and no more, viz.

  • 1. Make ready.
  • 2. Present.
  • 3. Giue fire.
All the other, they wittily and properly sort into foure kindes, or orders: To be performed, Standing, Marching, Charging, and Discharging; (as is to be seene in Captaine Pantons Table,) all which must be obserued. Thus much of them.

The Postures or words of Command which we must vse in or∣dinary Training, or daily exercising of Souldiers, agreeing to the Prince of Orange forme, (and by order from his Maiesties most Honourable Priuy Councell) are these:

  • March with your Musket shouldred, and the Rest in your right hand.
  • March, and with the Musket carry the Rest.
  • Sinke your Rest, and vnshoulder your Musket.
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  • Poyse it in your right hand, and let it sinke into the left.
  • In your left hand hold your Musket, and carry your Rest with it.
  • Take your Match in the right hand betweene the second fin∣ger and thombe.
  • Hold your Match fast and blow your coale:
  • Cocke your Match.
  • Try your Match.
  • Guard your pan and blow your match.
  • Open your pan.
  • Present.
  • Giue fire.
  • Dismount your Musket and carry it with your Rest.
  • Vncocke your match, and returne it betweene your fingers.
  • Cleare your pan.
  • Prime your pan.
  • Shut your pan.
  • Cast off your loose powder.
  • Blow your pan.
  • Cast about your Musket.
  • Traile your Rest.
  • Open your charge.
  • Charge with powder.
  • Draw out your scowring sticke.
  • Shorten your sticke.
  • Ramme in your powder.
  • Draw out your sticke.
  • Charge with Bullet.
  • Ramme in your Bullet.
  • Draw out your sticke.
  • Shorten your sticke and put it vp.
  • Bring your Musket forward with your left hand.
  • Poyse it in your right hand and recouer your Rest.
  • Shoulder your Musket.
  • March and carry your Rest with your Musket.
  • Vnshoulder your Musket.
  • Lay your Musket in the Rest.
  • Stand Rested.
  • Your saluting Posture,] as you were.
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  • In the right hand take your Match betweene the second finger and the thumbe.
  • Blow your Match.
  • Cocke your Match.
  • Try your Match.
  • Guard your pan and be ready.

This last is the Sentinell Posture.

Ths I haue run ouer the Postures of the Musket, after the Low Couty fome, first marching, then discharging, then caging, after standing. Adding three more vno them, (because th char∣ging with the bullet was left out:) which I hope will giue oftence to none.

As for the gesture of the body, hand and foot, to grace the Po∣sture, I referre you to the booke expressing it by Figures; Or to ••e Atillery Gaden, or Military Yrd, where it is done by some x•••••y: bu neuer to be obtained without practise. You may like∣w•••egin whee you please, for this forme is not so strictly ob er∣•••〈◊〉 the Artillery Garden.

B ca••ou had the Postures of the Pke implicite, and not di∣sti••• but mixt with other kindes of Motions different from thm; I will in the next Chapter shew them seuerall, and con∣cld.