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A Bibliography of American Swordsmanship

1734 - 1943

 

Barbasetti, Luigi

- La scherma di spada - 1902
- The Art of the Foil: With A Short History of Fencing - 1932
- The Art of the Sabrè and the Épée - 1936

 

Behn, George W.

- A Concise System of Instruction, Arranged and Adapted for the Volunteer Cavalry of the United States - Savannah 1842

 

Benedict, George H.

- Manual of Boxing, Club Swinging, and Manly Sports - A.G. Spalding & Bros. 1883
- Hand-book of Manly Sports - A.G. Spalding & Bros. 1883

 

Bernhard, Frederica

- First Aid in Fencing - The Journal of HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION November, 1936
- Syllabus for Elementary Foil Fencing - Berkeley, Calif., UC Press, 1939
- How to Fence: A Handbook for Teachers and Students with Vernon Edwards - Dubuque, Iowa, W. C. Brown Co. 1956

 

Berriman, Capt. M. W.

- The Militiamans Manual - NY 1861 (Sword exercise originally by Seager)

 

Biddle, Anthony Drexel Sr.

- Do or Die: A Manual on Individual Combat - 1937, revised 1944, 1975

 

Blackwell, Edward

- A Compleat System of Fencing - VA 1734

 

Blakeslee, Fred Gilbert

- Sword Play for Actors - 1905

 

Bonnafous, Justin

- Outing (Self defence with a Cane pg.489) - 1898

 

Breck

- Fencing - 1904 (with Senac - Art of Fencing)

 

Cass, Eleanor Baldwin

- The Book of Fencing - 1930

 

Castello, Maestro Julio Martinez

- "Theory of Fencing" - 1931
- "The Theory and Practice of Fencing" - 1933 (A revision and enlargement of his 1931)

 

Cooke, Phillip St. Geo.

- Cavalry Tactics; Or Regulations for the Instruction, Formations and Movements of the Cavalry of the Army and Volunteers of the United States - NY 1861, 1862, 1864

 

Corbesier, A. J.

- Principles of Squad Instruction for the Broadsword - Annapolis 1869
- Theory of Fencing- with the Small-Sword Exercise - 1873
- Street Riot Drill and Sword Exercise - Proceedings Magazine - Annapolis 1894
- Fullnam, WF - The Petty Officers Drillbook of the United States Navy - Annapolis 1902, 1904
- Fullnam, WF - Ship and Gun-Drills United States Navy - 1905,1914

 

Craig, Robert H.

- Rules and regulations for the sword exercise of the cavalry : to which is added, the rules for drill, and the evolutions of the light cavalry - Baltimore 1812
(4th US edition from the London Edition of Le Marchant's "Rules and Regulations for the Sword Exercise of the Cavalry" - 1796)

 

Cunningham, A.C.

- Saber and Bayonet - Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute Vol 32-4 (pg 1213) - 1906
- Saber and Bayonet - US Army-Navy-Air Force Register and Defense Times Vol 41 (pg 34) - 1907
- Saber and Bayonet - United States Naval Institute Proceedings 33-1 (pg 379) - 1907
- The Cane As A Weapon - 1912

 

Darrow, Pierce

- The Artillerist - Hartford 1819, 1821
- Scotts Militia Tactics - 1821
- Cavalry Tactics; Comprising the Modern Mode of Discipline and Sword Exercise, for the Cavalry Generally - Hartford 1822
- National Militia Standard, Embracing the Discipline of Infantry, Light Infantry, Riflemen, Light Artillery, Horse Artillery, Cavalry - 1822

 

Davis, Col J. Lucius

- The Troopers Manual or Tactics for Light Dragoons and Mounted Rifleman - Richmond 1861

 

Deladrier, Clovis

- Manual of Athletic Requirements, USN Academy - 1933, 1936
- Modern Fencing: A Comprehensive Manual for the Foil, Epee, and Sabre - 1948

 

Dunn, Maj. R.I.

- A Condensed Military Pocket Manual - 1841

 

Dyckman, J.G.

- The American Militia Officers Manual, Being a Plain and Concise System of Instruction for Infantry, Field and Horse Artillery, Cavalry and Riflemen - 1825

 

Fullam, William

- Petty Officers Drillbook USN - (1904)

 

Gilham, William

- Manual of Instruction for the Volunteers of the Confederate States - Richmond 1861

 

Heintz, George


- "Theory of Fencing, in Form of a Catechism" - Serial in "Mind and Body" Vol. 3 No. 32, Oct. 1896 - Vol 6. No. 61 1899
- "Theory of Fencing with the Foil, in Form of a Catechism" - reprint of earlier serial 1904
- "Manual of athletic requirements, USN Academy" (Editor - Richardson, William Augustus) - 1920, 1922, 1927

 

Hershberger, H.R.

- The Horseman - NY 1844

 

Hewes, Robert

-"Rules and Regulations for the Sword Exercise of the Cavalry. To which is added, The Review Exercise"
- Four US Editions: 1st, 2nd, 5th, & 6th from the London of Le Marchant's "Rules and Regulations for the Sword Exercise of the Cavalry" - 1796)
- Boston : Printed for William Norman, 1802 (28 plates),
- Philadelphia : Mathew Carey, 1802 (27+1 plates),
- Albany : G. Forbes, 1813 (no plates)
- Middlebury, Vermont : Published by Swift & Fillmore. Printed by Timothy C. Strong. -, 1814 (Plates Unknown)

- "An ELUCIDATION Of REGULATIONS For The FORMATIONS And MOVEMENTS Of CAVALRY." - The first American from the third London edition. - Salem [Mass.] : Printed by Joshua Cushing, for W. Norman, Boston, 1804.

 

Hoyt, Epaphras esq

- Rules and Regulations for Drill, Saber Exercise, Equitation, Formation and Field Movements of Cavalry - Mass 1818 2nd ed.

 

Huber, Ted

- FUNDAMENTAL SWORDSMANSHIP - Edwards Bros. Inc., Ann Arbor MI - 1939

 

Kibbe, William. C.

- The Volunteer - 1855

 

Le Marchant, Major Gen. John Gaspard

- Rules and Regulations for the Sword Exercise of the Cavalry - London 1796, Philadelphia 1808 (Uncredited US 3rd Edition from the London 1805, 1 plate)

 

Margueritte, T. De St.

- “A Treatise On The Art Of Fencing For the use of the Officers of the United States, dedicated to the officers of Virginia” - Winchester, 1808.

 

Manrique, Ricardo E.

- Fencing Foil Class Work Illustrated - 1920

 

McArthur, J.

- The Army and Navy Gentleman’s Companion - London - 1780, 1784 (Mentioned in New York advertisements)

 

Minniss, George

- A Practical Treatise on Infantry Sword - Boston 1833

 

Monstery, Col. Thomas Hoyer

- Self-Defense for Gentlemen and Ladies: A Nineteenth-Century Treatise on Boxing, Kicking, Grappling, and Fencing with the Cane and Quarterstaff Hardcover – 1877 (Ben Miller Editor 2015 edition)

 

Nadi, Aldo

- On Fencing - 1943
- The Living Sword: A Fencer's Autobiography - 1996

 

O'Reilly, John Boyle

- Ethics of Boxing and Manly Sport - Boston 1888
- Athletics and Manly Sport - Boston 1890

 

O'rourke, Capt. Matthew J

- A New System of Sword Exercise - NY 1872
- Sword Exercise Illustrated - 1865, 1866 (This seems to be an earlier edition of "A New System of Sword Exercise")
- A Treatise on Swords and Swordsmanship, Ancient and Modern

 

Pardigon C.F.

- Infantry Sword Exercise - Richmond 1868

 

Patten, George Washington

- Infantry Tactics, Bayonet Drill, and Small Sword Exercise - NY 1861, 1862 (Smallsword Added), 1863, 1864, 1865
- Cavalry Drill and Saber Exercise - Richmond 1862, 1864

 

Patton, George S. Jr.

- "The Form and Use of the Saber" in Cavalry Journal - March 1913
- "Mounted Swordsmanship" in The Rasp - 1914
- "The Cavelryman" - 1926
- Sword Exercise - 1914
- Diary of the Instructor in Swordsmanship - 1915

 

Pavese, Generoso

- Foil and Sabre Fencing (Scherma di Spada e Sciabola) - Baltimore 1905

 

Riboni, Lieut. Giuseppe

- Broadsword and Stick or Quaterstaff Play - Chicago 1862

 

Richardson, William Augustus

- Manual of athletic requirements, USN Academy - 1920, 1922, 1927,...

 

Rondelle, Louis

- Foil and Sabre a Grammar of Fencing - 1892

 

Roworth, Charles

- The Art of Defence on Foot - NY 1824 (3rd Edition, 1st in US, London 1798, 1804)

 

Seager, E.

- Exercises in Small Arms and Field Artillery Arranged for the Naval Service (Lockwood, Henry H.) - Philly 1852

 

Senac, Regis & Louis

- The Art of Fencing - 1904, 1915

 

Spicer, William F

- "On the Saber and Bayonet" (Commentary on A.C. Cunningham) - United States Naval Institute Proceedings Vol. 33-1 (pg 379) - 1907

 

Stephens, Thomas

- A New System of Broad and Small Sword Exercise - Phila 1843, 1844

 

US Army

- A System of Tactics; or, rules for the exercises and manuvres of the Cavalry and Light Infantry and Riflemen of the United States - 1826
- Cavalry Drill Regulations - Many revisions 1891, 1896, 1898, 1902, (Less sword) 1909, 1911, 1916, 1917
- Tentative Cavalry Drill Regulations - 1913
- Provisional Regulations for Saber Exercise - 1907
- War Department Training Regulations TR 25-10 Officers Instruction with the Saber 27 pages, 15+ illus. - June 24, 1925, updated Feb. 25, 1926 - Jan. 3, 1927 - Jan. 2, 1929 - Jan. 2, 1930
- War Department Training Regulations TR 50-70 The Soldier Saber Exercise ; 16 pages, 21 illus. - Feb 21, 1922, Updated June 21, 1926, Jan. 3, 1927, Jan. 2, 1929, Jan. 2, 1931
- War Department Training Regulations TR 1300-E Infantry and Aircraft Armament. Sabers, Swords, Bolos, and Trench Knives (The cutlery section of the much larger manual) (18 May 1927); 16 pages, 12 illus.

 

US Navy

- Gymnasium Manual - (Unknown) - 1906
- Retitled - Manual of Athletic Requirements, USN Academy - Heintz, George - 1920, 1922, 1927
- Revised - Manual of Athletic Requirements, USN Academy - Deladrier, Clovis - 1933, 1936

 

Vince, Joseph

- Fundamentals of Foil Fencing - Joseph Vince Publisher New York, NY 1937
- Fencing (Revised and expanded as part of the Barnes Sports Library) A. S. Barnes & Co., New York, NY, 1940, revised again by The Ronald Press 1962.

 

Warford, Aaron A

- How to Fence - NY 1884

 

Wayne, Henry C.

- Sword Exercise Arranged for Military Instruction. - Washington 1850

 

Wood, William

- Manual of Physical Exercises - 1867

 

More Information:

A Chronology of American Cavalry Saber Manuals

Fencing in Colonial America and the Early Republic: 1620 – 1800 By Ben Miller

 

 

 

 

 


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