PT. 1. Preparation for Life. PT. 2. the Civil War

PT. 1. Preparation for Life. PT. 2. the Civil War

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...wind storm. The next morning I turned out my troops and drew them up beside the road to give a parting salute to General McClellan. He rode along the line, the tattered colors were lowered, the drums beat, and the men cheered him. Burnside rode quietly by his side. At my last interview McClellan said to me: " Burnside is a pure man and a man of integrity of purpose, and such a man can't go far astray." One other remark I have preserved: "I have been long enough in command of a large army to learn the utter insignificance of any man unless he depend on a Power above." It is easy to see why the oflicers and soldiers were so much attached to McClellan. Soon after this interview I met Burnside, who appeared sad and weary. He had been for two nights almost without sleep. He remarked in my presence that he had concluded to take the command of the army, but did not regard the subject as one for congratulation. It is impossible to predict with certainty what a man will become under the weight of a new responsibility. Every oflicer of rank in our war doubtless had some thought beyond his immediate command, some plan of operations in mind based upon the circumstances of his surroundings; but the instant he had the whole authority put upon him he saw everything in a new light. His knowledge of the force to be used became more complete, and of the force to be opposed much enlarged; and the risks to be 1"l1Il presented themselves as practical questions, no longer as mere theories. Thus when Burnside at Warrenton came to command the Army of the Potomac, then over 100,000 strong, his whole character appeared to undergo a change. A large, brave, prepossessing man, popular with his associates, he was accustomed to defer...show more

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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236987071
  • 9781236987075