The natural and customary thing to do is to send forward a line of skirmishers.
The skirmishers, without orders, against orders, are going forward at a keen run, like hounds unleashed.
The colors move slowly back, the lines face about and sullenly follow, bearing their wounded; the skirmishers return, gathering up the dead.
Spread over the grass and in among the tree trunks, he could see knots and waving lines of skirmishers who were running hither and thither and firing at the landscape.
The brigade was formed in line of battle, and after a pause started slowly through the woods in the rear of the receding skirmishers, who were con- tinually melting into the scene to appear again farther on.
Directly the youth would see the skirmishers running.
In the first faint gray of the morning, when the swarming advance had paused to resume something of definition as a line of battle, and skirmishers
had been thrown forward, word was passed along to call the roll.
There was no one now between the squadron and the enemy except a few scattered skirmishers
Just about dawn we were awakened by Infadoos, who came to say that great activity was to be observed in Loo, and that parties of the king's skirmishers
were driving in our outposts.
There were about twenty warriors moving forward in a thin line, as our infantry advance as skirmishers
The beating of drums, the blowing of horns and trumpets, the shouting of men, and tramping of horses, echoed and re--echoed through the streets from the earliest dawn of day; and an occasional fight between the light skirmishers
of either party at once enlivened the preparations, and agreeably diversified their character.
An early book review says, "We read of nothing but the minutest details of bodily and mental pain: of tragedies like A Horseman in the Sky,' where a skirmisher
shoots his father (of the opposite faction), who has bound him to 'do his duty' in the war; like 'Coulter's Notch,' where an artillerist plays upon his own house, held by the enemy, and slaughters unwittingly his wife and child" ("Novels" 241; see also Partrige 12).