Signed by the Officiating Minister of the Parish, must be annexed to this in original. Where it cannot be had, the Reason is to be assigned; and, in that case, the Commanding Officer is to certify the Place and Date of Marriage, according to the best Information he can obtain.


Signed by the Officiating Minister, must be annexed to this in original. Where it cannot be had, the Reason is to be assigned; and, in that Case, the Commanding Officer is to certify the Place and Date of the Birth of the Child, according to the best Information that he can obtain.

N.B. The Original Certificates will be returned when required. No Copy can be admitted as valid,-nor will the Commanding Officer's Certificate be deemed satisfactory, in any Case where a sufficient Reason for the Nonproduction of the Minister's Certificate is not assigned.

I have examined


and find that he, or she, has no Defect in Sight, Body, or Limbs; is not afflicted with Fits, or with any infectious Disease whatever ; and has no Mental Infirmity.


ATTACH. In military phraseology, an Officer or Soldier is said to be attached to any Regiment or Company with which he may have been ordered to do duty.

ATTACK. In a general sense means any assault upon an Enemy. In sieges, it implies the works which the besiegers carry on; as trenches, saps, galleries, &c., in order to take the place by storm. A false, is sometimes

*This is to be signed by the Regimental Surgeon; or, if the child should be absent from the regiment to which its father belonged, by a sufficient medical Practitioner.

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made at the same moment with the real attack; its object is to divert the attention of the Enemy, and oblige him to divide his forces, thus favouring the progress of the latter. In Storming one of the Fortresses during the Peninsular War, an instance occurred in which the intended assault failed, while the feigned attack gaining ground, and overpowering every obstacle, the place was carried.

ATTENTION. The word of command which is given in the British Army, preparatory to any particular Exercise or Evolution.

ATTESTATION. A Certificate, signed by the Magistrate before whom a Recruit is sworn in as a soldier. It contains a description of the Recruit, a declaration that he does not already belong to the Army, Navy, Marines, Ordnance, or Militia, a Medical Certificate that he is fit for his Majesty's Service, and the Magistrate's statement that the Recruit has taken the Oath of Allegiance, and that the Articles of War relative to Mutiny and Desertion, have been read to him.

The third page of the amended form of attestation is now ruled, and after the substance has been entered in the Regimental Books, the document is given into the charge of the Paymaster, who, at stated periods, enters in the proper column, every variation affecting the pay and service of the Soldier; such as promotions, reductions, and imprisonment.

Every Soldier on enlistment receives a number, by which he is known, and his Services recorded. On being transferred to another Corps, his attestation, completed to the date of his transfer, is transmitted to his new Regiment, where he also receives a fresh number.

No Recruit can legally be attested sooner than Twentyfour hours after his enlistment, nor should it be delayed beyond Four Days.

AUGET. A wooden case about an inch square, containing a pipe, or hose, made of a coarse cloth, filled with powder, extending from the chamber of the mine to the extremity of the gallery, at which end a match is fixed, so that the miner who sets fire to it, has time to escape before the fire is communicated to the mine.

AWARD. The decision or sentence of a Court-Mar


AXIS. In Mechanics, is a certain line, about which a body may revolve; as the axis of a balance, of a wheel, &c.

BALLS.-There are three kinds of balls used in the artillery; namely, lead, light, and smoke balls.

The leaden balls are used for every description of small


The light balls are of two kinds, spherical and oblong. They are of great use at sieges, in discovering working parties, besides being applied to a variety of other purposes.

Smoke balls are thrown from mortars, and continue to smoke from twenty-five to thirty minutes.

BAN, ARRIERE. An edict under the Feudal System, by which all vassals were summoned to attend their Lord in the field, armed and mounted, on pain of being outlawed.

BAND. A name usually applied to the Corps of Musicians attached to each Regiment in the Service. Every officer is required, by the Regulations, to subscribe, upon first appointment to any Commission, twenty days' Pay to the Band Fund, and subsequently, twelve days' Pay annually.

BANQUETTE, is a small elevation of earth three or four feet wide, and four feet and a half below the crest of the Parapet, to enable the shortest men to fire over it with facility. It has a slope towards the interior of the


work, usually exceeding its height above the terrepleine, in order to facilitate the ascent of the Troops, and to prevent its being worn away by the weather. A row of Palisades being placed at the interior slope of the Glacis, the

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Banquette is there made five or six feet wide. In field works the Banquette is always wider than in Permanent Fortification. DE represents the Banquette, and CD its


BARBET BATTERIES, are platforms elevated behind a parapet or breast-work, to enable the Guns mounted on them to have a free range over the surrounding

Country. These batteries are generally erected at the salient angles of the several works. Vide Fortification Cut, c, also the annexed Figure, which shews a gun mounted en barbette.

BARRACKS, from the Spanish Barraca, are buildings erected by Government for the lodgement of Troops. Where the ground is sufficiently spacious, they are made to enclose a large area, for the purpose of exercising and drilling. Barracks in general are very commodious, comprising Mess-rooms, Cooking-houses, Guard-houses, Magazines, &c. The principal advantage derived from the use of these buildings is, that the communication between the Inhabitants and the Soldiers being in some measure intercepted, the latter are kept under greater regularity and discipline.

BARRACK MASTER. The Officer placed in charge of a Barrack. He is appointed by the Board of Ordnance, and finds two securities for his good conduct, besides entering into personal recognizances.

BARRICADE. To barricade, is to block up every avenue to a post by which the Enemy might have access. This is performed by means of Abbatis, Breastworks, Waggons, &c.; and small ditches may be occasionally dug across the road, leaving a narrow retiring path for the sentries posted in front. The first care of an Officer on Piquet should be directed to the barricading and strengthening of his Post, and particularly where the defence of a

Bridge or Ford is entrusted to his charge, this ought never to be neglected. Vide Book of Field Exercise. BASE LINE. In Military Tactics, signifies the line on which all the Magazines and means of Supply of an Army are established.

BASTION. In Fortification, is a work generally constructed at the salient angle of the polygon, consisting of two faces and two flanks. The leading principle in the construction of a Bastion is, that every part of it should

be defended by the flanking fire of some other part of the Works. It is composed of a large mass of earth excavated from the Ditch, and revêted, towards the country, with masonry.


BASTION, FULL. A Bastion is Solid or full, when its interior surface is on a level with the rampart. Fortification Cut, w.

BASTION, EMPTY. Is that wherein the interior ground is lower than the Rampart. Vide Fortification Cut, x. The relative advantages of these two works are so different, that it is difficult to decide which should have the preference. The Empty Bastion affording greater security for the Magazines, while the Full Bastion admits of the construction of a retrenchment, when the fire of the Besiegers having rendered the breach practicable, it becomes impossible for the Defenders to remain in the work: it also allows the formation of subterranean galleries, which are very useful in affording security to the men and ammunition.

BASTIONED FORT. Is a Field Work generally con

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