"The bayonet is a cutting and thrusting weapon consisting of three principal parts, viz, the <em>blade</em>, <em>guard</em>, <em>grip</em>." &mdash; Moss, 1914

Bayonet

"The bayonet is a cutting and thrusting weapon consisting of three principal parts, viz, the blade,…

"At the second command sake the position of guard; at the same time throw the rifle smartly to the front, grasp the rifle with the left hand just below the lower band, fingers between the stock and gun sling, barrel turned slightly to the left, the right hand grasping the small of the stock about 6 inches in front of the right hip, elbows free from the body, bayonet point at the height of the chin." &mdash; Moss, 1914

Bayonet guard

"At the second command sake the position of guard; at the same time throw the rifle smartly to the front,…

"The force of the thrust is delivered principally with the right arm, the left being used to direct the bayonet. The points at which the attack should be directed are, in order of their importance, stomach, chest, head, neck, and limbs." &mdash; Moss, 1914

Bayonet thrust

"The force of the thrust is delivered principally with the right arm, the left being used to direct…

Depiction of a Civil War battle.

Civil War Battle

Depiction of a Civil War battle.

"Good judgement of distance is essential. Accuracy in thrusting and lunging is best attained by practicing these attacks against rings or other convenient openings, about three inches in diameter, suitably suspended at desired heights." &mdash; Moss, 1914

Dummy

"Good judgement of distance is essential. Accuracy in thrusting and lunging is best attained by practicing…

"dummies should be constructed in such a manner as to permit the execution of attacks wthout injury to the point of edge of the bayonet or to the barrel or stock of the rifle. A suitable dummy can be made from pieces of rope about five feet in length plaited closely together into a cable between six and twelve inches in diameter. Old rope is preferable." &mdash; Moss, 1914

Dummy

"dummies should be constructed in such a manner as to permit the execution of attacks wthout injury…

The Battle of Monmouth was an American Revolutionary War battle fought on June 28, 1778 in New Jersey.

Relics of the Battle of Monmouth

The Battle of Monmouth was an American Revolutionary War battle fought on June 28, 1778 in New Jersey.

American soldiers fighting in Monterey, Mexico.

Capture of Monterey

American soldiers fighting in Monterey, Mexico.

"Raise the rifle with both hands high enough to clear the line of vision, barrel downward, point of the bayonet to the left front. When necessary to raise the rifle well above the head, it may be supported between the thumb and forefinger of the left hand. This position will be necessary against attacks from higher elevation, such as men mounted or on top of parapets." &mdash; Moss, 1914

High parry

"Raise the rifle with both hands high enough to clear the line of vision, barrel downward, point of…

"Carry the point of the bayonet down until it is at the height of the knee, moving the point of the bayonet sufficiently to the right (left) to keep the opponent's attacks clear of the point threatened. These parries are rarely used, as an attack below the waist leaves the head and body exposed." &mdash; Moss, 1914

Low parry

"Carry the point of the bayonet down until it is at the height of the knee, moving the point of the…

"These parries are rarely used, as an attack below the waist leaves the head and body exposed." &mdash; Moss, 1914

Low parry

"These parries are rarely used, as an attack below the waist leaves the head and body exposed." —…

"As additional instruction, the men may be permitted to wield the rifle left handed, that is on the left side of the body, left hand at the small of the stock. Many men will be able to use this method to advantage. It is also of value in case the left hand is wounded." &mdash; Moss, 1914

Left-handed rifle

"As additional instruction, the men may be permitted to wield the rifle left handed, that is on the…

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Branch of Spanish Bayonet

Also known as Yucca schidigera. A flowering plant that is native to the Mojave Desert in the Western…

Battle between Confederate and Union forces at Sudley Church.

Sherman's Brigade at Sudley Church

Battle between Confederate and Union forces at Sudley Church.