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 Posted: Sat Mar 8th, 2008 02:36 pm
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What were the rules relating to the behaviour of pickets whilst on duty? I know they shouldn't fall asleep, but was communication across lines, or even fraternisation, officially forbidden?  More importantly, what were the rules of engagement: if an attack was about to begin, say, would the pickets be given a head start, or would they have realsied what was up and reported back anyhow?

Oh, and how far away from camp would they be placed?

I suppose what I really need is a crashcourse in 19th Century military organisation, but these questions have come to me whilst reading various memoirs.

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