Scouts & Patrols
I ordered out the Light Infantry… to make a general search round
the Camp to try if there were any lurking Indians…”
-General Jeffery Amherst,
At events if time and terrain permit, the light infantry company of the 55th regiment provides scouts and patroles for the army’s commanders. Sometimes these are shorter patroles around the encampment. Others are scouts of the surrounding area, gathering intelligence. Often times, we are accompanied by volunteers from other units on these scouts.
Starting with our annual Light Infantry Skills Encampment this past May, 2012 is our "Year of the Scout", we will be putting an extra emphasis upon going out on Scouts at events and practising the procedures and skills used by the Light Infantryman on a Scout.
Thoughts on Scouting:
from Period Sources.
Pvt. Robert Still takes a knee during a halt on a Scout.
"Every man is to the distance of One Yard from another on the March & on the word halt face outwards...."
"The Soldiers with their Right Knees and the Butts of their Firelocks on the Ground And not to Fire without Orders."
- Bouquet's Orderly Book, 1764