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Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2023 2:47 p.m. PST

In the US Army, mid 19th century (specifically the Mexican-American War) would the color bearers be in the front or back rank of a two deep firing line?

Artilleryman14 Sep 2023 3:00 p.m. PST

They would be in the front rank. They would not be part of the firing drill per se and would be supported by the colour party. One of the key reasons for this is, of course, the colours were the point off which the rest of the regiment dressed and rallied so they would be to the fore in a line formation.

Legionarius14 Sep 2023 7:26 p.m. PST

Unfortunately for them they were the perfect targets.

Archon6414 Sep 2023 10:21 p.m. PST

In the front. Most units carried two flags, a unit flag and a national flag, stationed in the front rank. The reason is if you are stationed in the front rank, and you look down the line and you can see two flags; you are out of position!

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