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Date modified1-Mar-16 07:08
Pickets on duty - 527550

Pickets on duty - 527550

Picket duty was considered the most hazardous undertaking of any infantry solider in the field. Pickets were often captured, wounded or killed when the enemy attacked. A picket falling asleep on the job faced death by firing squad.

By regulation, picket duty was rotated regularly in a regiment. Generally, pickets were posted 100 yards apart. Only the pickets closest to camp could build fires.