A Review of the Mexican War on Christian Principles; And an Essay on the Means of Preventing War

A Review of the Mexican War on Christian Principles; And an Essay on the Means of Preventing 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. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ...has been the greatness thus proved, even in the recent war--it is less a matter of congratulation to human nature than any other form of prowess. Yet who can withhold admiration at Taylor's ever-readiness to engage against whatever odds, and with whatever materials, and his effectual coups de main--and that attainment in military science with which Scott predestines (if one may so speak) his results, as if their occurrence was of mathematical necessity. An ascription of a different kind may be claimed for the generals of Mexico. The productions of their pen, professional and diplomatic, afford a most classical treat. To wield "the set phrase of speech,1' "And uncouth politics to measures mould," are among their refined accomplishments, and often marked with an artistic excellence of the highest order.t The reader need not be surprised at the brevity of the observations that have been herein presented on military features in the war. But is it not remarkable how much almost every man has to say, and with confidence, respecting merit in the conduct of war, or of a battle that is of universal interest, such as Waterloo---however confessedly unable to venture an opinion upon a game of chess? It is to all appearance assumed that common sense and ordinary information are alone adequate to bear on military questions. How many give utterance to their sentiments under this previous impression! But besides an utter inutility accruing to the interests of truth in military history, from conversations on naval and military affairs, among other than military or naval men, it should be considered what moral injury to the human feelings is derived from the earnestness and the general prevalence of such conversations, considering the degree...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236920724
  • 9781236920720