West Point in the Early Sixties: With Incidents of the War

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Pafracts book Company, 1902 - United States - 201 pages
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Page 74 - Our bruised arms hung up for monuments; Our stern alarums changed to merry meetings; Our dreadful marches to delightful measures. Grim-visag'd war hath smooth'd his wrinkled front; And now,— instead of mounting barbed steeds, To fright the souls of fearful adversaries,— He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber To the lascivious pleasing of a lute.
Page 13 - I give it as my fixed opinion that but for our graduated cadets the war between the United States and Mexico might, and probably would, have lasted some four or five years, with, in its first half, more defeats than victories falling to our share; whereas in less than two campaigns we conquered a great country and a peace without the loss of a single battle or skirmish.
Page 169 - Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York ; And all the clouds that lour'd upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.
Page 195 - COME, fill your glasses, fellows, and stand up in a row; To singing sentimentally, we're going for to go; , In the army there's sobriety, promotion's very slow, So we'll sing our reminiscences of Benny Havens, oh!
Page 152 - But he never would believe that Providence had sent a few men into the world ready booted and spurred to ride, and millions ready saddled and bridled to be ridden.
Page 29 - The wounds left by the great Civil War, incomparably the greatest war of modern times, have healed ; and its memories are now priceless heritages of honor alike to the North and to the South. The devotion, the self-sacrifice, the steadfast resolution and lofty daring, the high devotion to the right as each man saw it, whether Northerner or Southerner — all these qualities of the men and women of the early sixties now shine luminous and brilliant before our eyes, while the mists of anger and hatred...
Page 198 - To our comrades who have fallen, one cup before we go, They poured their life-blood freely out pro bono publico ; No marble points the stranger to where they rest below, / They lie neglected far away from Benny Havens, oh ! Oh ! Benny Havens, oh ! etc.
Page 114 - In consequence of the shattered condition of the fleet and the delay in the arrival of vessels that were indispensable for the attack it had to be postponed until the 7th instant. I was a mere spectator of the combat, and it is not my province to render any report of this action, but I deem it an imperative duty to say that the firing and...
Page 199 - fess" on any point, but straight be told to go, And join the army of the blest at Benny Havens', oh!
Page 199 - Army be augmented, may promotion be less slow, May our country in the hour of need be ready for the foe; May we find a soldier's resting place beneath a soldier's blow^ With room enough besides our graves for Benny Havens, Oh...

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