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WITH A CHAPTER UPON
MAJOR-GENERAL M. W. SMITH, C.B.
LATE OF THE 15TH HUSSARS AND 3RD DRAGOON GUARDS,
CAVALRY DURING THE CRIMEAN WAR, ETC. ETC.
MHE general principles, as well as the details of outpost
1 duties, are clearly and concisely pointed out in our Cavalry Regulations, Section XVI., page 220. There are also many good works published on the subject of outposts, and a young officer has every facility of making himself acquainted with this part of his duty, that is to say, with as much of it as reading can teach him ; but, many years ago, it struck me that there was a want of a preliminary drill for the non-commissioned officers and men, which should bring the general training up to the point from which the present instruction commences; and to supply this want I wrote, and subsequently published, this little book, which I now republish. There is nothing in it which militates in any way against the present regulations. It has been in use in several regiments for some years, and has been approved of by the commanding officers as being a quick and simple way of instructing their men in outpost duties. There is no duty upon which men and officers can be employed where the ignorance or stupidity of one individual may work so much mischief as that of