The American Historical Review, Vol. 2

The American Historical Review, Vol. 2 : October, 1896 to July, 1897 (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The American Historical Review, Vol. 2: October, 1896 to July, 1897 The introduction of the new body is, I believe, usually attrib uted to Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma, but on what authority I know not. Still the reform almost certainly took place in his time, and it was under him the tertias made their reputation. As we have seen, Ferretti, Savorgnano, and Adriano, all writing about 1560, knew nothing of the tertia and still describe maestro di campo as a staff Officer. At Venice in 1570 was published ll Sol data of M. Domenico Mora of Bologna, and here, although the tertia is not mentioned, the maestro di campo is described for the first time as a regimental officer. Of equal rank with the colonel of a regiment, and it is to the Duke of Parma that Mora dedicates his work. Thus we are able fairly accurately to fix the date at which. The tertia was introduced and to guess with some color of plausibility what it-originally was. As for the regiment, how ever, we are still far from ascertaining how it came into existence. It was certainly not the same thing in its origin as a tertia, and it was always regarded as something different, even when tactically and administratively the two things had become identical. The Marchese Annibale Porroni in his dialogue concerning military ranks, contained in his fourth book, treats maestro dz' compo and colonello under one head. What, asks the inquirer, is the difference between maestro di campo and colonello Nothing, answers the Marquis, except that in organizing the tertia the oflicers from ensign upwards, are appointed by the captain-general the commander-in-chief), while in the regiment this preroga tive remains with the colonel. The Marquis was a man of wide service under many flags and his book was published in Venice in 1676, so that we may take it he knew the general practice of Europe at the time the regimental system had become fixed, and that he had seen its final development. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical more

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