46th  Tennessee Vol. Inf.
  Company  K

Skirmish  Drill
Skirmish commands were given by the bugler as directed by the Regiment or Brigade commander. The bugler was used to amplify the voice of command over great distances. A prelude call was given to identify which unit the command was about to be given for. Then the acutal command was sounded. Below are skirmish calls that a soldier would have had to be familier with.
Deploy as Skirmishers
Forward
Halt
Commence Firing
Cease Firing
Fix Bayonets
Lie down
Rise up
In Retreat
By the Right Flank
Unfix Bayonets
Change directions to the Left
By the Left Flank
Change directions to the Right
Assemble on the Battalion
The Recall
The Charge
Rally by Fours