|Rogers' Rangers Standing Orders
By Major Robert Rogers, 1759
1. Don't forget nothing.
2. Have your musket clean as a
whistle, hatchet scoured, sixty rounds powder and ball, and be
ready to march at a minute's warning.
3. When you're on the march, act
the way you would if you was sneaking up on a deer. See the
4. Tell the truth about what you
see and do. There is an army depending on us for correct
information. You can lie all you please when you tell other
folks about the Rangers, but don't never lie to a Ranger or
5. Don't never take a chance you
don't have to.
6. When we're on the march we
march single file, far enough apart so one shot can't go through
7. If we strike swamps, or soft
ground, we spread out abreast, so it's hard to track us.
8. When we march, we keep moving
til dark, so as to give the enemy the least possible chance at
9. When we camp, half the party
stays awake while the other half sleeps.
10. If we take prisoners, we keep
'em separate til we have had time to examine them, so they can't
cook up a story between 'em.
11. Don't ever march home the
same way. Take a different route so you won't be ambushed.
12. No matter whether we travel
in big parties or little ones, each party has to keep a scout 20
yards ahead, twenty yards on each flank and twenty yards in the
rear, so the main body can't be surprised and wiped out.
13. Every night you'll be told
where to meet if surrounded by a superior force.
14. Don't sit down to eat without
15. Don't sleep beyond dawn.
Dawn's when the French and Indians attack.
16. Don't cross a river by a
17. If somebody's trailing you,
make a circle, come back onto your own tracks, and ambush the
folks that aim to ambush you.
18. Don't stand up when the
enemy's coming against you. Kneel down. Hide behind a tree.
19. Let the enemy come till he's
almost close enough to touch. Then let him have it and jump out
and finish him up with your hatchet.
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