Old Bedford Village
220 Sawblade Road
Bedford, PA 15522
September 10-12

2004 Grande Tactique


Location:
Old Bedford Village is located on Business Route 220 - 2 miles north of downtown Bedford.

From the PA Turnpike, take exit 146 (Bedford), then turn right and it is less than one mile on the right.

From I-99, take exit 1, then turn right and it is less than one mile on the right.

From U.S. Route 30, take I-99, then follow above directions.

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Napoleonic School of the Soldier Schedule
Old Bedford Village
September 10-12, 2004

Key – CF = Coalition Forces
GA = Grande Armee
OBV = Old Bedford Village

Friday – September 10, 2004

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration at the Church. No vehicles allowed in the Village. (Wheel barrels available for transporting equipment to quarters).

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Registration continued at the Church. Vehicles allowed in Village.

After 10:00 pm Self Registration at the Church. Provost Officers available at GA and CF headquarters.

Saturday – September 11, 2004
6:00 am Le reveil/reveille

6:00 am – 8:30 am Muster roll/stable call/morning toilet; Appel La Soupe du matin/morning meal
GA – troops prepare food for midday meal from their haversacks

7:30 am – 8:00 am Appel des officers/officer’s call at the Church

8:45 am Appel pour l’ordre/morning formation at Town Square. Morning colors, begin sentry duty.

9:00 am - 1:00 pm Infantry – Ecole du Soldat/battalion drill GA – four 50 minute sessions (midday meal taken in the field)
CF - individual and unit instructions according to the national drill (drill to be concluded no later than 12:00 noon)

9:00 am – 10:15 am Cavalry – Session I - La Pist du Manege/Manege ring exercise – “Riding the Natural Seat”.

10:30 am – 11:45 am Cavalry - Session II -“Riding with the Long Stirrup”

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CF – Midday meal

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Grande Battalion Drill – Combined infantry (GA and CF) and combined cavalry (GA and CF) drill.

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm Appel des officers/officers’ call – Review tactical demonstration.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Troops take up positions for demonstration

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm Narrated tactical demonstration – Cavalry defends against the approach of infantry.

3:15 pm – 5:00 pm Quarters are open to the public. Demonstrations of Soldier’s Life.
Sentry duty concludes at 5:00 pm.

4:00 pm Appel La Soupe du soir – GA takes afternoon meal.

4:30 pm Lecture on the Spanish Campaign - “Britain and France Clash in Iberia”

5:45 pm Appel pour l’ordre/General Assembly. Lowering of colors.

6:00 pm Appel des officers/officer’s call at the Church

7:30 pm - Midnight - Tavern open

12:00 pm Extinction de feux/lights out.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

7:00 am Le reveil/reveille

7:30 am – 8:30 am Muster roll/stable call/morning toilet. Appel La Soupe du matin/morning meal

8:30 am Appel pour l’ordre/morning formation at Town Square. Morning colors, begin sentry duty.

8:45 am – 10:00 am Infantry: Ecole du Soldat/battalion drill GA and CF - School of instruction continues as per Saturday.
Cavalry: Champ d’exercice pour Cavalerie/Skill at Arms Course Cavalry rides weapons course as per national drill to include use of saber, pistol and carbine.

10:00 am – 11:20 am Individual presentations on selected topics: Infantry: 1. Packing the pack, 2. Period ration preparation, 3. The musket and cartouche box, 4. Military courtesy.

Cavalry: 1. Packing the valise, 2. The picket line and horse care, 3. Tack repair in the Field, 4. Recognizing the enemy at distance.
Each presentation is approximately 20 minutes. Location and presenters to be announced.

11:30 am – 12:15 pm Midday meal

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Grand Battalion drill. Officers review plans for tactical demonstration.

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm Troops take up positions for demonstration.

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Narrated tactical demonstration followed by parade of town and lowering of the colors.

2:30 pm Appel des officers/officer’s call at the Church.

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Quarters are open to the public. Demonstrations of Soldier’s Life. Sentry duty concludes at 4:00 pm.

4:00 pm Event concludes.

5:00 pm Village opens to vehicles. Units wishing to stay over through Sunday night are welcome. Notify provost officer of your intent. Please note vehicles must be out of the village by 9:00 am Monday.

Women’s Schedule:
There are two programs planned each day for the ladies.
Saturday morning – “Wear What You Portray” – Ladies clothing in the era.
Saturday afternoon – “Etiquette in the Age of Napoleon.”
Sunday morning – “You are What You Eat” - Period Rations
Sunday afternoon – “Women in the Field” – The Roles of the Cantiniere and the Soldier’s Wife

Two Final Items
1. If a caller and enough music are available, OBV will open the Craft Barn on Saturday evening for a period dance.

2. In consultation with Roger Kirwin, Executive Director of Old Bedford Village, the weekend of June 24-26, 2005 has been selected for the date of the Grand Encampment/Grand Tactical. Please mark this on your calendar.

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