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The Damn Yankee

Newsletter of the 41st Ohio Volunteer Infantry

June, 2001 Issue

Message from the Editor

Word came down from Lt. Guy that our performance in the Euclid parade was award winning. Apparently, we were given the trophy for best adult non-musical marching unit (or something to that effect). I don't know exactly what our competition was, but it's nice to be recognized for our efforts. Huzzah to the 41st!

June Events

Infirmary Mound Park Reenactment, June 23-24

Location: Granville OH

Joe McMahon is the event boss for this event. Pre-registration should be finalized by the time you get this newsletter. If you have any questions, problems, or issues, please contact Joe. Directions to the event can be found on our web site or in your pre-registration packet. Joe says that we've got a pretty good pre-registered turnout for the event, though your humble editor/sergeant will not be able to attend. So, try not to get into trouble while I'm gone.

Event Schedule

For more information, contact the event boss or see our web site schedule (

Mumford Registration

Our second annual trek to upstate New York is scheduled for July 14. Since your editor is also the event boss for Mumford, the registration materials are included in this newsletter. This was a great event last year, and I encourage one and all to attend. Please note that the pre-registration deadline is July 8, and that no walk-ons are permitted at this event - you must pre-register to attend.

Inspection Arms

Recently there was a discussion on the proper position and drill for the command "Inspection Arms" on an Internet web site. A couple of fun and interesting things came out of this discussion that I thought I would share; one was an illustration from one edition of Gilham's drill manual of the position of inpection arms, and the other was this quote from "Life in the Confederate Army" (probably by William Watson, though the quoter wasn't sure):

"It was rather a pretty performance when well executed. Ranks were opened, bayonets fixed, rammers drawn and dropped into the guns, and the men stood at "order arms." The officer who inspected the arms began at the man on the right, and each soldier, as he approached, quickly brought up his piece into a position for the officer to take it, the butt of the piece resting against his left side, his left hand grasping the barrel forward of the lock, and the muzzle elevated and thrown slightly forward. The officer passed his right hand under the soldier's arm, seized the piece by the small part of the stock, stepped back two paces, examined the lock that it was clean, clicked and worked properly, examined the fixing of the bayonet, then shook the ramrod in the barrel to show that the barrel was empty and clean, and in the old-fashion musket a sound, clear ring indicated that the barrel was clean and in good order. When the officer satisfied himself that the piece was in good order he stood in his place and threw it to the soldier, who caught it in the air with his right hand, and with one motion came to "order arms." This throwing of the gun by the officers and catching in an adroit way by the soldier had to be done in a particular way like a circus performer, and required a mutual confidence between officer and soldier."


We're not circus performers, so that last bit about the officer throwing the weapon back to the soldier seems risky at best. But the rest sounds like a fine description of what to do during inspections.