|GREAT BATTLE STANDS
of the Civil War
|1st Division Southern Re-enactors Association
Infantry Safety Rules and Guidelines
Drill (section 1)
1.1. The learning of drill is essential for safety and authenticity on and off the field. All members
should be regularly drilled in the School of the Soldier, School of the Company, and School of
the Battalion according to Hardee’s Rifle and Light Infantry Tactics, 1855.
1.2 For safety reasons, emphasis should be placed on proper loading in nine times, the position
of the feet, and in handling the piece during firing. This is especially critical for the men in the
1.3 Training in Hardee’s Skirmishers drill and McClellan’s Manual of Bayonet Exercise is to be
1.4 Interpretations of the instructions in the period manuals must be approved by the Brigade
Weaponry (section 2)
2.1 A soldier under the age of 18 years shall have the written permission of a parent or guardian
to carry firearms.
2.2 Only military issue three band long arms that were issued and used in large quantities will be
carried in the rear rank. Shorter or any other military issued weapons will be confined to front
rank, or skirmish order only, as pre approved with battalion commander. These weapons shall
be in good working order with a functioning half-cock.
2.3 Ramrods will be carried on the field but never drawn unless ordered by the Commanding
Officer. NCOs are responsible for insuring that the troops do not draw the
2.4 Fouled pieces will be given to a file closer who will be allowed to pull his rammer, from the
file closer position, in order to clear the piece.
2.5 HANDGUNS WILL ONLY BE CARRIED BY OFFICERS AND NCOS AS WAS
APPROPRIATE DURING THE PERIOD
2.6 Swords will only be carried by Officers and NCOs as was appropriate during the period.
2.7 Bayonets should be carried by all enlisted men and should be the appropriate type for the
weapon. The bayonet should fit the piece properly and securely. Bayonets will only be fixed by
order of a commanding Officer. At other times they shall be secured in a proper
scabbard. The scabbard must have a metallic tip to be allowed on the field.
2.8 Knives carried will be of period and secured in a period sheath. At no time will knives be
drawn on the field.
Cartridges (section 3)
3.1 Powder will only be carried in the form of properly rolled cartridges. A properly rolled
cartridge is defined as one rolled in soft type paper with no more than 80 grains of if or fir black
powder. A standard charge of 60 to 65 grains is considered optimum. Penny wrappers, heavy
bond paper, plastics, staples, or tape will not be used for rolled cartridges.
3.2 Members should arrive at events with at least 80 rolled cartridges. Cartridges will not be
rolled within 20 yards of camp.
3.3 Percussion caps and cartridges will only be carried in authentic cap pouches and cartridge
3.4 Under no circumstances will projectiles of any kind be carried to events. Violators will be
ordered off the premises for the duration of the event.
Safety Inspections (section 4)
4.1 NCOs will insure that their men clean their pieces the evening after or the morning before
taking the field.
4.2 Safety inspections are mandatory for all troops before taking the field. Unit commanders,
Officers, or NCOs will inspect troops for safety and authenticity; or
participate in the event-designated safety inspection.
4.3 Upon inspection, any weapon that is found unsafe will be removed from the field until
repaired and reinspected by the proper official. At a minimum, a safe piece will have
a functioning half-cock and a hammer screw securing the hammer to the lock plate.
4.4 NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES WILL BE CONSUMED WITHIN SIX HOURS BEFORE THE
SCHEDULED SCENARIO. OFFENDERS WILL BE ESCORTED OFF
Engagements (section 5)
5.1 All troops will remain under the control of properly designated Officers while under arms.
5.2 Weapons may be charged with cartridge but not primed if adverse terrain must be traversed
prior to engagement, particularly when troops are in close order.
5.3 Weapons will never be aimed at an opponent’s face at any distance.
5.4 When within 15 yards of an opponent or animal, weapons will be aimed to one side of or
away from the object, but never directly at the object. Weapons shall never be discharged within
20 yards of powder storage or artillery chests.
5.5 Unscripted hand-to-hand fighting will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Only
scripted, host unit approved hand fighting will be allowed.
Women in the Ranks (section 6)
Women shall not be precluded from participation in an Infantry unit during this Battle if a proper
impression of an infantryman is made . An woman found not to have an
appropriate and concealed impression representing a man during the war between the states
will be asked to remove herself from the Battlefield.