3rd Texas Cavalry
Denny G. Hair, Commanding
thousands of years, professional soldiers have entered into
competitive competition in order to further their own prowess.
They have done so with the military bearing that is associated
with the proficiencies necessary to wield the weapons of combat.
We do so as mounted equestrians for the sheer pleasure of
exercising ourselves mentally, spiritually and emotionally.
Furthermore, mounted combat, even in reenactment, takes a
commitment very similar to the commitment required to scale
the mountain. We must prepare beforehand to ensure that the
tack in good order, the horse is trained and the combatant
is mentally and physically ready. Most importantly, the safety
of the participants must be considered in both planning and
execution. Objectives must be clear, orders understood and
the combatants prepared. Even, when possible, maneuvers imperative
to be executed for the day should have previously been thought
through, planned out and rehearsed.
the Civil War, drill was a part of everyday life. If it wasn't
being practiced on the drill field, as a whole, it was being
taught to those who would have to teach others. The professional
soldiers had to train the conscripts and volunteers in many
phases of combat with little time to do so. However, drill
as a training tool has no purpose unless it has direction.
Drill for the sake of drill has little purpose other than
that of a performance for others as one might do in a parade
or exhibition. It must have both a goal and a purpose. In
war that purpose is clear as drills are used simply as a means
to teach the whole to engage the enemy and inflict as many
casualties on him before the enemy can inflict them on you.