Item #80431 Easy Plan of Discipline for a Militia. Timothy PICKERING, Jun.

Easy Plan of Discipline for a Militia.

Item #80431

PICKERING, Timothy, Jun. An Easy Plan of Discipline for a Militia. Salem, New-England: Printed by Samuel and Ebenezer Hall, 1775. 28,169,2,[1]pp., plus one folded leaf and fourteen single-page plates. Original plain wrappers, stitched as issued. Front wrapper detached (but present), spine perished. Text lightly tanned, final plate torn in lower margin, not affecting image. Near fine. Untrimmed, in unsophisticated condition. $48,500.00 ESTC W31196. EVANS 14404. SABIN 62649. BRINLEY SALE 4084. DAB XIV, pp.565-68. ANB 17, pp.478-80. The first military manual of the American Revolution, published a year to the month before the Declaration of Independence. It was the primary military manual of the Continental Army until the publication of Steuben's manual four years later. Timothy Pickering Jr. (1745-1829) had a prominent political career in the early American republic, serving as Secretary of State to Washington and Adams, ardently supporting Alexander Hamilton in his machinations against John Adams, and serving eight years in the United States Senate from Massachusetts. Born in Salem, Pickering was a graduate of Harvard and trained as a lawyer, and was a supporter of independence from England as early as the late 1760s. "In 1766 he had received a commission as lieutenant in the Essex County militia and he became a devoted student of military history and tactics. Although unsuccessful in his endeavor to place the Massachusetts militia on a really effective war footing, he performed useful service in drilling the local levies and his activity bore fruit in 1775 when he published AN EASY PLAN OF DISCIPLINE FOR A MILITIA, adopted by Massachusetts in 1776 and widely used in the American army...." - DAB. Pickering provided valuable military service during the Revolution, commanding troops as early as April, 1775, and was appointed adjutant-general of the Continental Army at Washington's recommendation. The text covers a wide range of issues relating to the discipline and performance of military units, including arms and outfitting, drills for bayonets and firearms, detailed instructions for firing a weapon, maneuvers and marching, forming battalions, a variety of drills and exercises, sections on "street firing" and "parapet firing," and much more. The plates show a variety of formations, positions, lines, steps, and maneuvers, and are qu.

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