Casey's 1863
Manual of Arms
for the Rifle Musket
Plus Other Relevant Instruction

    This is small booklet contains useful information derived entirely from original sources.  Feel free to download and use this booklet which was created for use in the field.  You won't find a better booklet of information for the price, but you can pay much more for lesser booklets.  As far as printing and reprinting the booklet is concerned :

    All rights reserved. Liberal and extensive distribution of this FREE pamphlet is encouraged. However, reassimilating, rearranging, cutting, pasting, reorganizing and/or otherwise taking credit for any part of this work without the written permission of the author is prohibited. Hey, I put some serious time into this pamphlet!

   This is not a farb booklet of simplified drill.  Text found in the booklet derives directly from Silas Casey's 1863 manual of arms for the rifle musket.  It is copiously illustrated with period drawings.  Most are from three manuals printed in 1863 under Silas Casey's name, but additional drawings were added for clarity and for when no similar drawing existed in Casey.  Citations to every paragraph are noted for the reader's reference.  

    The booklet has been published to the internet in two different formats :  (1) standard and (2) booklet.  The standard, side-by-side version allows the viewer to examine each page in a sequential order.  Each printed sheet contains consecutive numbering.   The booklet version is formatted for double sided printing.  The pages do not become consecutive until printed and folded into a booklet. 

Printing Instructions for the standard version :

    The standard version requires no special instructions for printing.  It is a "what you see is what you get" document.  It's a good reference when you are looking for something in particular from the convenience of your monitor.  As a printout, it's not as good as the booklet, but it works.  Click here, open the pdf document, print it.

Printing Instructions for the Booklet :

   This document has been specially formatted to print as a booklet.   This pdf booklet requires double sided printing as well as a pdf reader.  Any printer can produce double sided product.   There are sixteen total pages which requires eight sheets of paper.  You need to perform two printings.  Review and follow the below instructions before proceeding to the next steps.

    First, click on this link to open the even pages for the pdf booklet. Open the document and select print.   Check the print properties making certain that the print orientation is on LANDSCAPE, not portrait.  Print the first fourteen sheets.   Don't rearrange the sheets.  Reinsert the sheets into your printer making certain that :

        (1) the blank sides will be printed next,
        (2) the first page printed previously will be the first page printed in this second printing, and
        (3) the edge of the paper which exited the printer initially will now be the last edge to leave printer. 

    It sounds harder to describe than it really is.  I just scoop my first set of copies as they are printed, flip them without rearranging the individual pages so that the blank side will now be printed, and drop the stack into the paper feeder of my printer.   

    Second, click on this link to open the odd pages for the pdf booklet.  Print.  If you've done it right, you've got a two sided booklet.  I printed a booklet for myself using these two links so I know it works. - Silas

Link to other Civil War drill manuals

Links to other booklets I've created :

Army of Tennessee Manual of Battalion Drill

Rules and Regulations Governing Guards, Pickets, Camps and Marches

Instruction for Skirmishers

Manual of Arms for the Rifle Musket from the 1861 U.S. Tactics

Hosted by:

Silas Tackitt,

former Assistant Inspector General
of the Army of Tennessee / North South Alliance

commander of the Federal garrison
for the Siege and Seizure of Sumter, April, 2011

compiler of
Guides Posts,
the new manual of Civil War drill

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