Our Military History: Its Facts and Fallacies

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Reilly & Britton Company, 1916 - United States - 240 pages

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Page 58 - A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and...
Page 110 - There is every reason to believe, that the war has been protracted on this account. Our opposition being less, the successes of the enemy have been greater The fluctuation of the army kept alive their hopes, and at every period of the dissolution of a considerable part of it, they have flattered themselves with some decisive advantages. Had we kept a permanent army on foot, the enemy could have had nothing to hope for, and would in all probability have listened to terms long since.
Page 97 - ... such a mercenary spirit pervades the whole that I should not be at all surprised at any disaster that may happen.
Page 31 - But in demonstrating by our conduct that we do not fear war in the necessary protection of our rights and honor we shall give no room to infer that we abandon the desire of peace.
Page 103 - ... adopted. These, Sir, Congress may be assured, are but a small part of the inconveniences, which might be enumerated, and attributed to militia ; but there is one, that merits particular attention, and that is the expense. Certain I am, that it would be cheaper to keep...
Page 64 - For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.
Page 60 - If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it ; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.
Page 96 - Such a dearth of public spirit, and want of virtue, such stock-jobbing, and fertility in all the low arts to obtain advantages of one kind or another, in this great change of military arrangement, I never saw before, and pray God I may never be witness to again.
Page 63 - It proves more forcibly the necessity of obliging every citizen to be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans and must be that of every free state. We must train and classify the whole of our male citizens and make military instruction a regular part of collegiate education. We can never be safe until this is done.
Page 24 - Some of these injuries may perhaps admit a peaceable remedy. Where that is competent it is always the most desirable. But some of them are of a nature to be met by force only, and all of them may lead to it.

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