The most brutal was tying a man up by his thumbs so he was obliged to stand tiptoe. Sometime this punishment would be
terminated by a superior officer.
Another from of punishment was the knapsack drill, standing on a barrel in some conspicuous place, and the performance of camp drudgery.
One of the most aggravating forms of punishments was the digging of a specified number holes in the ground, the depth and breadth of a spade. Each was to be filled before the next was commenced, and no rest was permitted except for a meal.
One punishment was mounting offenders astride a horizontal rail, supported twelve or fifteen feet from the ground by trees or post, this Punishment was known as "Riding Black Horse Cavalry."
But no matter what the punishment was a sentry was assigned in seeing the punishment was carried out.