1808.022: Military Tactics or The Soldier's Companion.

Published: 1808

Full Title: Military tactics or The soldier's companion. Teaching how to form companies--with directions for the formation and exercise of a battalion and regiment: and the various forms of reports &c. : Likewise, evolutions for the cavalry and artillery, with explanations & improvements upon Baron Steuban [i.e., Steuben]. By Samuel J. Winston, brigade inspector, for the second brigade.

Author: Winston, Samuel Jordon (1765-1839).

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Seaton Grantland

Description: 62 pgs. with 10 folded plates; 17 cm. (16mo).


There appears to be a confusion in Swem over whether this was a publically-funded imprint or not. In entry for this item (8321), he reports this title was a private publication. and such can seem to be the case as Winston retained the copyright, having entered the title with the federal district court for Virginia on April 8, 1808; yet the preceding entry (8320), for Treatise on the discipline of the Calvary (1808.023), reports an order to print that title on March 13, and a voucher for payment on April 20, when that second title was not entered for copyright until October 22, 1808 by Seaton Grantland; these reports appear simple transpositions of the data he recorded for each title, both being printed by Grantland. Both are listed in this Index with that apparent reversal corrected. Surviving copies carry bookplates or inscriptions from Virginia militia commanders, indicating that they were the recipients of the 600 copies ordered printed by the Council of State in March 1808; a notice at bottom of copyright page indicates that Winston planned to issue a second work, Treatise on the Exercise of Riflemen, "should this work receive the approbation of the public." As the surviving copies appear to be the publically-funded ones, it is not very surprising that Winston's second treatise did not actually issue out of a lack of support. The plates herein are not signed; however, Grantland had his younger brother Fleming, a well-trained engraver and copperplate printer, working in his office from at least January 1807 until the early spring of 1809; so it is almost certain he produced the plates herein.

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