The American Blind Spot: The Failure of the Volunteer System as Shown in Our Military History

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Doubleday, Page, 1917 - Draft - 42 pages
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Page 14 - The firmness requisite for the real business of fighting is only to be attained by a constant course of discipline and service.
Page 16 - For defence against invasion their number is as nothing ; nor is it conceived needful or safe that a standing army should be kept up in time of peace for that purpose. Uncertain as we must ever be of the particular point in our circumference where an enemy may choose to invade us, the only force which can be ready at every point and competent to oppose them, is the body of neighboring citizens as formed into a militia.
Page 11 - Lord ! they'll shove me in the stalls! For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' " Tommy, wait outside " ; But it's
Page 23 - Nothing can surpass the impatience of the troops from the New England colonies to get to their firesides. Near three hundred of them arrived a few days ago, unable to do any duty; but as soon as I administered that grand specific, a discharge, they instantly acquired health, and rather than be detained a few days to cross Lake George, they undertook a march from here of two hundred miles with the greatest alacrity.
Page 30 - Army as organized consisted of 18,093" officers and men, but according to the returns it numbered only 16,367.* The line of the Army was composed of 198 companies, of which 183 were stationed on the frontier or were en route to distant posts west of the Mississippi. The remaining 15 companies were stationed along the Canadian frontier and on the Atlantic coast from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico.
Page 24 - First. That nearly all of the dangers which threatened the cause of independence may be traced to the total inexperience of our statesmen in regard to military affairs, which led to vital mistakes in army legislation.
Page 18 - Believing, myself, that gunboats are the only water defence which can be useful to us, and protect us from the ruinous folly of a navy, I am pleased with everything which promises to improve them.
Page 23 - that a barbarous complication of disorders should prevent me from reaping those laurels for which I have unweariedly wrought since I was honored with this command ; the anxiety I have suffered since my arrival here...
Page 20 - We must train and classify the whole of our male citizens and make military instruction a regular part of collegiate education. We can never be safe until this is done.
Page 14 - Regular troops alone are equal to the exigencies of modern war, as well for defense as offense, and whenever a substitute is attempted it must prove illusory and ruinous.

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