"The Invasion of the City of Washington"; A Disagreeable Study in and of Military Unpreparedness

"The Invasion of the City of Washington"; A Disagreeable Study in and of Military Unpreparedness

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...drawn but two rations, the requisition therefor, in the first instance, being but partially complied with, and it being afterwards almost impossible to procure the means of transportation, the wagons employed by our quartermaster for that purpose being constantly impressed by the government agents for the purpose of removing the public records, when the enemy's approach was known, and some of them thus seized while proceeding to take in provisions for the army. These hardships and privations could not but be severely distressing to men, the greater part of whom possessed and enjoyed at home the means of comfortable living, and from their usual habits and pursuits of life but ill qualified to endure them. They, however, submitted without murmuring, evincing by their patience, their zeal, and the promptitude with which they obeyed every order, a magnanimity highly honorable to their character. Great as was their merit in this respect, it was no less so in the spirit manifested whenever an order was given to march to meet the foe; and at the Long Old Fields, where his attack was momentarily expected in overwhelming force they displayed, in presence of many spectators, although scarce any of them had ever been in action, a firmness, a resolution, and an intrepidity which, whatever might have been the result, did honor to their country." These meh were ready to fight. They wanted to fight. And whenever any of them had competent commanders, they fought extremely well indeed, and in almost every case victoriously, although at times against great odds. The troops under General Smith did not complain when they were marched back and forth, beneath the broiling August sun of the vicinity of Washington, many of them without any shelter at night, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236600738
  • 9781236600738