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As I promised, here is a list of some of the more popular military publications written between 1788 and 1840 in English that I know of. Each give calculations for expected movement rates on the battlefield and on the march just as Scharnhorst does.  In most cases you have to dig for the authors’ calculations. Fortunately, they and more are all available on Google for free:

Remarks on Cavalry by Prussian General of Hussars  Warnery  Translation 1798

A famous book that speaks to the maneuvering and movement of regiments and brigades

The British Army as it was-is-and should be  with illustrated with Examples from the Peninsula   Colonel Campbell  1840

This critique of the 1840’s British Army is useful in the examples and discussion of how the army was and had become. Campbell fought in the Peninsula

A New and Enlarged Military Dictionary  Charles James  1805

This is fascinating because it gives the definitions of period terms like ‘pace’ and what was important to military men of the time.

Campaign of the Left Wing of the Allied Army in the Western Pyrenees and South of France 1813-1814  Capt. Batty.  1825

This is useful for the march times and explanations of the maneuvers or just part of the British Army and its allies… with comparisons.

Instructions for Hussars and Light Cavalry acting as such in a time of war  G. H. Rose  Translation 1799

This is a translation of a French work. Gives a lot of basic information about movement and maneuvering.

Principles of Military Movements chiefly applied to infantry Col Dundas  1788

In the back of this book dealing with the maneuvering of brigades, there are a number of passages with expected movement rates for troops like the one I quoted.

Rules and Regulations for the Cavalry 1795

Again, The British regulations that discuss movement and average expectations.

Rules and Regulations for the Formations and Field Exercise of His Majesty’s Forces  1798

This describes more of the larger formations  and for all three arms.

Rules and Regulations for the Manual of Platoon Exercises, Formations and Field Exercises for Non-Commissioned Officers.  1807

This is small unit regulations and rules, but again the estimates on movement rates are there.

Elements of the Science of War  Vol 1-3   William Müller  1811

Famous. This work even has artillery and small arms ordinance tests as well as movment rates for the different arms.

The Theory of Infantry Movements  Vol 1-3  1823 Antonio Suasso

A similar study to Müller  for just infantry.

Duty of Officers Commanding Detachments in the Field. John Ormsby  Vandeleur  1801

This gets into expected movement rates of smaller units.

Essays on the Theory and Practice of the Art of War  [translations of French and German writers.]   Vol 1-3  1809

This work has a lot on engineering, but there are some essays on the movement of troops.

Manoeuvres of Horse Artillery  General Kosciusko [Polish Officer in French Service 1800]

An interesting book dealing with more specific topic.

Tactic of the British Army reduced to Detail with… the evolutions of the Battalion, Brigade and Line.  James Cunninghame  1802

Again, the large movements of Brigade and [battle] Line is what you would want to look at.

Practical Guide for the Light Infantry Officer  Capt. T. H. Cooper  1806

Again, a specific topic, but with movement rates and operations for light infantry.

Instruction Concerning the Duties of Light Infantry of the Field.  General Jarry  1803

This is probably the premier book on light infantry for the period… Jarry was a French officer who headed the Prussian military academy until 1801 when he moved to England and was involved in their first officer training efforts.

Military Studies by Marshal Ney written for the Use of his Officers  1803  Translated by Major James 1833

This is Ney’s view on how things worked and how he wanted them to work in his Corps. In it he gives his expectations for movement rates and maneuvers.

This doesn’t include original battle reports and memoirs, but are rather military men condensing what they feel is the important information for other officers.

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