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Wulfgar Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2017 1:01 p.m. PST

Does anyone have a strong opinion on whether the captain in charge of a French line infantry company might have ridden a horse? And if so, what color might the horse blanket have been?

I'm asking because I'm finishing up a French force for Sharp Practice 2, and I have a splendid AB mounted infantry officer in my possession.

Thanks for your advice!

JimDuncanUK16 Apr 2017 1:49 p.m. PST

Probably just the Colonel and his immediates.

Captains need to be with their company in order to direct their movement and fire.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2017 2:49 p.m. PST

I guess you could use the figure as some kind of staff adjutant, but a company commander is going to be on foot with his company.

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2017 2:58 p.m. PST

I am afraid that a company commander would be on foot. For information, mounted line officers would have a dark blue shabraque and holster covers trimmed in gold.

Wulfgar Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2017 2:59 p.m. PST

Thanks, guys! I'll use him as a level IV character for RP then, and stick to a dismounted figure for my Level III Captain. Knowing that the shabraque is blue is also very helpful. I appreciate the solid advice.

Le Breton16 Apr 2017 3:15 p.m. PST

As far as I know, when the unit was formed, only the colonel, the major en 2e (1812/1813) and the chefs de bataillon were mounted.

The other officers of the regimental staff had horses provided to them, but even they dismounted when the were with the troops. Similarly, I recall that captains over the age of 50 were granted horses for non-combat use (not sure if this was French infanterie, or artillerie à pied & génie).

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Le Breton16 Apr 2017 3:20 p.m. PST

Shabraque trim :
ligne
--- 1 gold gallon : chef de bataillon
--- 1 gold + thin silver : major
--- 1 gold + thin gold : colonel
might have grenade in the bottom/reat corner (not per regulations)
légère
--- 1 silver gallon : chef de bataillon
--- 1 silver + thin gold : major
--- 1 silver + thin silver : colonel

Wulfgar Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2017 11:28 p.m. PST

Thank you, Le Breton, for the excellent information.

Musketier Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2017 2:48 a.m. PST

Captains certainly served on foot when in the ranks with their company, but for the business of skirmishing being mounted would have been rather useful in getting a overview of the skirmish line, which extended over the whole front of the battalion. Contemporary Prussian regulations explicitly allowed for a horse (and groom) for the captain commanding the skirmishers drawn from the third rank.
So, if your voltigeur captain acquired a horse, be it through trade or from the enemy, I doubt he would have been forbidden to use it?

EDIT: Sorry, I see you specifically asked about line copanies – should read more carefully the first time…

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