Reunion of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland Volume 5

Reunion of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland Volume 5

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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. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ... men had done. We knew that oftentimes with their bayonets they had reared their favorite generals to the purple. We knew that their generals, to sustain them, had often divided the lands to the soldiers. These were the common precedents of history. There was one other precedent in history standing alone. There never rode braver men into battle than those who had followed Cromwell at Naseby and at Marston Moor. When CromWell died, his army was the most powerful in the world. They were 50,000 men in number. At the restoration, Mr. President, that army was disbanded, and it is said that in one month they so absolutely disappeared in the forms of society that not a trace of them was left; and as Macaulay tells us, even their enemies admitted that in every department of honest industry the disbanded soldiers of Cromwell won peculiar distinction, achieved remarkable successes; no one was charged, says he, with theft or robbery; not one asked alms, and if a mason, a baker, or a wagoner achieved a single success, and attracted notice or inquiry, it was said he was probably one of Oliver's old soldiers. This one precedent was to have a greater following, Mr. President--the most unexampled instance in the whole world. For when our great war closed and when our veteran soldiers were no longer required in the field, one million of men in the face of a wondering people absolutely disappeared again in the peaceful walks of life, and not a single trace of them was to be found save in their industry, their sobriety, their integrity, and their achievements gained in the arts of peace. Why, the fugitive Trojan, as he was wending his way to the shores of Latium, with sorrowing eye and sorrowful accent, looked around and said, " What region of all the world is...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236642570
  • 9781236642578