Infantry Company Marching 1684
This print represent the Infantry Company in line of march and shows the soldiers positions according their rank. The an example is one of Monmouth’s Foot Regiments which is usually a hundred men, a third of whom are pikemen.
B. First Lieutenant
C. Ensign: while in a parade the Ensign carries his Colour; but on ordinary marches he gives it to carry to a Pikeman who is appointed for that purpose.
D. Sergeants: there is one who usually marches at the tail of the officers, or at the head of the company, and he is the one called first sergeant, who in default of the officers leads the company, and takes care of the lodging of the soldiers. The other Sergeants are roaming on the wing, and use the butt end of their halberd to discourage shirkers.
At the tail end of the company is the ordinary position of second lieutenant, when the first officers are at the head.