Numbers and Losses in the Civil War in America, 1861-1865

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1900 - United States - 150 pages

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Page 16 - States. As matters now stand we have no troops disposable to meet movements of the enemy or strike when opportunity presents, without taking them from the trenches and exposing some important point. The enemy's position enables him to move his troops to the right or left without our knowledge, until he has reached the point at which he aims, and we are then compelled to hurry our men to meet him, incurring the risk of being too late to cherk his progress and the additional risk of the advantage he...
Page 13 - That all white men, residents of the Confederate States, between the ages of seventeen and fifty, shall be in the military service of the Confederate States during the war.
Page 2 - The War between the States, ii. 630. of Southern valor so high that exaggerated statements of numbers cannot further exalt it in the estimation of the world. To prove that the estimated ratio of four to one between the two armies is not founded in fact does not diminish that reputation.
Page 17 - The men at home on various pretexts must be brought out and be put in the army at once, unless we would see the enemy reap the great moral and material advantages of a successful issue of his most costly campaign. I know it will produce suffering, but that must be endured, as all people engaged in a struggle like ours have done before. If we can get out our entire arms-bearing population in Virginia and North Carolina, and relieve all detailed men with negroes, we may be able, with the blessing of...
Page 14 - The results indicate this grave consideration for the government that fresh material for the armies can no longer be estimated as an element of future calculation for their increase...
Page 15 - I beg leave to call your attention to the importance of immediate and vigorous measures to increase the strength of our armies, and to some suggestions as to the mode of doing it. The necessity is now great, and will soon be augmented by the results of the coming draft in the United States. As matters now stand, we have no i 88 WR, 1199.
Page 70 - AND EFFICIENCY OF THE ARMIES COMPARED. The comparison of numbers and losses naturally leads to the inquiry whether, on the whole, one side showed martial capacity superior to that of the other ; and here it must be recognized that other things beside mere numbers and losses are to be taken into account. To invade and hold a constantly increasing territory required many more troops than would have been needed in the Union army for actual fighting, and many Northern soldiers were employed in non-combatants'...
Page 16 - ... connection with our regular troops to prevent disaster, but would be of little avail to retrieve it. For this reason they should be put in service before the numerical superiority of the enemy enables him to inflict a damaging blow upon the regular forces opposed to him. In my opinion the necessity for them will never be more urgent or their services of greater value than now. And I entertain the same views as to the importance of immediately bringing into the regular service every man liable...
Page 29 - Alabama . . Arkansas Florida Georgia Kentucky . . . Louisiana . . Mississippi Missouri . . North Carolina .... South Carolina . . . Tennessee Texas Virginia Confederate or Prov.
Page 93 - One great embarrassment is the reduction of our ranks by straggling, which it seems impossible to prevent with our present regimental officers.

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