The Elements of War

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Thomas B. Wait, 1811 - Military art and science - 208 pages
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Page i - District Clerk's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the tenth day of August, AD 1829, in the fifty-fourth year of the Independence of the United States of America, JP Dabney, of the said district, has deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit...
Page xviii - American militia, in the course of the late war, have, by their valor on numerous occasions, erected eternal monuments to their fame ; but the bravest of them feel and know, that the liberty of their country could not have been established by their efforts alone, however great and valuable they were. War, like most other things, is a science to be acquired and perfected by diligence, by perseverance, by time, and by practice.
Page i - In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, intitled, "An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned...
Page i - There is a rank due to the United States among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it ; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for war.
Page 83 - One the point of APPUI (A. aa) at which one flank of the body, whether small or great, is to be placed, and the other the point of FORMATION or DRESSING (D.) on which the front of the body is directed. 4. When battalions, or divisions of a battalion, come up successively into line, the outward flank of the last formed and halted body is always considered as the point of APPUI (a.) or support of the succeeding one, (d).
Page i - And also to an Act, entitled, " An Act supplementary to an Act, entitled, " an Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arU of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.
Page 83 - ... 2. In formations of defence the lines occupied may be curved, and following the advantages of the ground, but in those of attack the lines must be straight, otherwise the troops in advancing must inevitably fall into confusion.
Page i - I. > of the said district, has deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit:
Page 67 - ... oblique or direct changes of situation, which a battalion, or a more considerable corps already formed in line, may be obliged to make to the front or rear, or on a particular fixed division of the line.
Page xxi - Just consequences from them : but the science oi war branches out into so many particulars; it takes in so many different parts ; there are so many reflections necessary to be made, so many circumstances and cases to be brought together ; that it is only by a continual application, grounded upon the lore of his duty, and an inclination to his profession, that any man can attain it.

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