A platoon is a military unit typically composed of two to four sections or squads and containing about 30 to 50 soldiers.

A Platoon in Firing Position

A platoon is a military unit typically composed of two to four sections or squads and containing about…

A platoon is a military unit typically composed of two to four sections or squads and containing about 30 to 50 soldiers.

A Platoon, Deployed, Moving Forward

A platoon is a military unit typically composed of two to four sections or squads and containing about…

A platoon is a military unit typically composed of two to four sections or squads and containing about 30 to 50 soldiers.

A Platoon, Deployed, Moving Forward

A platoon is a military unit typically composed of two to four sections or squads and containing about…

A man laying prone, preparing to fire his rifle.

Firing from the Prone Position

A man laying prone, preparing to fire his rifle.

American major in the Army

Major Israel Putnam

American major in the Army

The signal to march at the faster pace of 'quick time.' The Royal Navy marches at a cadence of 116 paces to the minute in quick time.

Quick Time

The signal to march at the faster pace of 'quick time.' The Royal Navy marches at a cadence of 116 paces…

The distance to a target, or to the subject of discussion. Reach of a detector or weapon.

Range

The distance to a target, or to the subject of discussion. Reach of a detector or weapon.

Command given to order troops to prepare for battle.

Ready

Command given to order troops to prepare for battle.

The distinction between rank and unit type doesn't seem to have been as precise as in a modern-day army, in which a soldier has a separate pay-grade, job description, and assigned unit.

Roman Soldiers

The distinction between rank and unit type doesn't seem to have been as precise as in a modern-day army,…

Encampments of Burgoyne's army, Saratoga and Stillwater.

Saratoga and Stillwater - Encampments of Burgoyne's Army

Encampments of Burgoyne's army, Saratoga and Stillwater.

Lieutenant General Winifred Scott, a long-serving US Army officer who ran unsuccessfully for president against Franklin Pierce.

Lieutenant General Winifred Scott

Lieutenant General Winifred Scott, a long-serving US Army officer who ran unsuccessfully for president…

Signal to inform the troops that the next signal will be directed at a certain 'section' rather than everyone.

Section

Signal to inform the troops that the next signal will be directed at a certain 'section' rather than…

An illustration of a rifle sharpshooter rifle.

Rifle Sharpshooter Medal

An illustration of a rifle sharpshooter rifle.

General Philip Henry Sheridan.

General Philip Henry Sheridan

General Philip Henry Sheridan.

A portrait of Philip H. Sheridan. With his career in the U.S Army, Sheridan rapidly rose to become general in the Civil war. (1831-1888)

Philip H. Sheridan

A portrait of Philip H. Sheridan. With his career in the U.S Army, Sheridan rapidly rose to become general…

A general in the United States Army during the Civil War.

General William T. Sherman

A general in the United States Army during the Civil War.

General William Tecumseh Sherman.

General William Tecumseh Sherman

General William Tecumseh Sherman.

"The shoe recommended, after months of study and experiment, for use in the United States Army." — Ritchie, 1918

Army shoes

"The shoe recommended, after months of study and experiment, for use in the United States Army." —…

An illustration of a group of slaves fleeing from Army.

Slaves Fleeing from Army

An illustration of a group of slaves fleeing from Army.

An illustration of a soldier charging through an abatis. Abatis, abattis, or abbattis (a French word meaning a heap of material thrown) is a term in field fortification for an obstacle formed of the branches of trees laid in a row, with the sharpened tops directed outwards, towards the enemy.

Soldier

An illustration of a soldier charging through an abatis. Abatis, abattis, or abbattis (a French word…

A soldier crawling across the ground.

Soldier Crawling

A soldier crawling across the ground.

An illustration of a soldier sitting on a rock eating a fresh ear of corn.

Soldier Eating

An illustration of a soldier sitting on a rock eating a fresh ear of corn.

A soldier running while carrying his rifle.

Soldier Running

A soldier running while carrying his rifle.

An ancient Greek soldier.

Greek soldier

An ancient Greek soldier.

A soldier of the Persian army.

Persian Soldier

A soldier of the Persian army.

An illustration of three soldiers reading in a tent.

Soldiers Reading

An illustration of three soldiers reading in a tent.

An illustration of a group of confederate soldiers walking in full uniform and armed.

Confederate Soldiers

An illustration of a group of confederate soldiers walking in full uniform and armed.

Signal to inform the troops that the next signal will be directed at a certain 'squad' rather than everyone.

Squad

Signal to inform the troops that the next signal will be directed at a certain 'squad' rather than everyone.

(1734-1818) Commander for Continental Army

Arthur St. Clair

(1734-1818) Commander for Continental Army

Battle between Confederate and Union forces at Sudley Church.

Sherman's Brigade at Sudley Church

Battle between Confederate and Union forces at Sudley Church.

Order given to troops instructing them to stop firing. Weapons are held, locked and loaded so that they may resume fire at an instant.

Suspend Firing

Order given to troops instructing them to stop firing. Weapons are held, locked and loaded so that they…

"In close array, this firm united band / Guarded on every point will boldly stand; / Their foes attack them on each side in vain; / By standing, they at last the victory gain."—Barber, 1857

They Conquer Who Endure

"In close array, this firm united band / Guarded on every point will boldly stand; / Their foes attack…

General George Henry Thomas.

General George Henry Thomas

General George Henry Thomas.

German Army Chief of Staff

Von Moltke

German Army Chief of Staff

An illustration of George Washington in horseback commanding the American army. He is lining up the army and getting them ready for battle.

George Washington and American Troops

An illustration of George Washington in horseback commanding the American army. He is lining up the…

An illustration of George Washington crossing the Delaware River on December 25, 1776. This event occurred during the American Revolutionary War and was the first move in a surprise attack by the Continental Army against Hessian forces in New Jersey.

George Washington Crossing the Delaware

An illustration of George Washington crossing the Delaware River on December 25, 1776. This event occurred…

An illustration of George Washington as Commander in Chief of the American army. He is riding a horse along with other members of the American army.

George Washington Riding with the American Army

An illustration of George Washington as Commander in Chief of the American army. He is riding a horse…

An assortment of lances, darts, and pikes.

Weapons

An assortment of lances, darts, and pikes.

The Fall Army Worm (Spodoptera frugipeda) is part of the order of Lepidoptera and are the caterpillar life stage of a moth. They are native to tropical regions of the western hemisphere, from the United States to Argentina. They are regarded as pests and are known to wreak havoc with crops if left to multiply. Their name is derived from their feeding habits. The army worms are some of the most destructive pests to agricultural crop in the world. Once the food supply is exhausted the entire "army" of worms will move to the next available food source.

Army Worm

The Fall Army Worm (Spodoptera frugipeda) is part of the order of Lepidoptera and are the caterpillar…

"About the year 480 B.C., Xerxes, an Asiatic king, assailed the country with an army of several millions. He was met by the fearless Greeks with indomitable valor; his squadrons were cut to pieces, and the baffled monarch was driven back in disgrace to his own dominions." — Goodrich, 1844

Xerxes surveying his army

"About the year 480 B.C., Xerxes, an Asiatic king, assailed the country with an army of several millions.…