From what I read, it would appear they trained to fire at open order (3-5m between soldiers) rather than close order (1m) like standard infantry. I decided to represent this by basing the units in groups of six rather than the four I use for cavalry skirmishers and the eight for infantry. I also wanted to use two standards per regiment to make them look more like an Federal Infantry regiment than a dismounted cavalry formation. This worked out well as the Crackerline figs have Oval bases that occupy a larger footprint than my GHQ minis and would look cramped on my existing bases if I tried to go to eight castings.
This is where I ran into an issue. Although you get all those flags, you do not get enough standard bearers to fly them. The command pack includes four sets of dismounted command. Three of them look like they are from the Plank Road miniature castings and come with a commander, trumpeter and standard bearer. The other is from the Cracker Line range and includes a trumpeter with piping on his jacket and a more dynamic commander. These Cracker Line figures will make a great command group for a dismounted cavalry regiment but don't have the right look for my vision of a mounted infantry unit. A second issue is that the command groups all come with Forage hats rather than slouch caps like all of the infantry. A final issue is that the Plank Road castings are less bulky then the Crackerline ones and don't fit as well with the group. To explain:
The Cracker Line sculpts I would classify as a 10H casting versus Old Glory's 10M or GHQs 10L. i.e. they are more bulky overall. I would describe them as analagous to Baccus 6mm figs in 10mm, (where I would call GHQ tiny Perry's.) The Plank Road minis look more in line with something between GHQ and Old Glory. The same is true with the Cavalry command figs. (more about that with the next update)
I considered trying to add some GHQ drummers, but they did not fit well with the look of the regiments at all. I opted then to create two regiments of dismounted infantrymen and two others of mounted infantry to use to represent them while in motion.
That gives me two more Infantry Regiments for the federal side, and I suppose I will need to add to it sometime in the future.