The Royal Standard, and Loyal Political Register

The Royal Standard, and Loyal Political Register

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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. Excerpt: ...and manoeuvres? Yet who will talk of generalship and manoeuvres with an armed peasantry? If the country is to be defended by such a rabble indeed, why does not our patriotic Colonel recommend the burning all military libraries by way of beacons, and the dismissal of all our Generals from their staff pay, and employments? But, Sir, this is not all. I would ask the Colonel if he ever heard of armed Peasants having attempted to oppose the progress of a powerful Army? And I am sure, if he has heard of the attempt, he never knew of its being successful. But, Sir, if the French do land, we must expect powerful armies to cope with. I will grant this gentleman that in their retreat, Armies have been attacked, nay, destroyed, by Peasants armed only with rusty Fowling-Piece-s, Pitchforks, and Bludgeons t But, Sir, invasions do not usually begin by Retreats, unless, indeed, the Colonel has invente some new system of retrogade Ta&tics!!! Now, Sir, the reason why an advancing army can never be assailed by stragglers is, that in advancing, the compact part of the army is always opposed to you, and in retreating, the scattered part. In which case, Stragglers are only opposed to Stragglers! And this is the solution of the whole power ever evinced by an Armed Peasantry--a solution and a truth, however, which does seem to have occurred to the Colonel--more than that, which accounts for their having often acted with effect in woody or mountainous countries, on which.he lays so much stress, though he will not find many such districts on our coast. But, Sir, the truth is, that the same reason explains both cases: for, in a difficult country, a regular army can only advance individually, or in small parties: and then, in fact, your Stragglers have but Stragglers to...show more

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  • Paperback | 146 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 272g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236783425
  • 9781236783424