The campaign of 1866 in Germany, by col. von Wright and capt. H.M. Hozier

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1872
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Page 531 - While engaged in a work of peace, which was undertaken for the purpose of laying the foundation for a Constitution which should augment the unity and power of the Empire, and at the same time secure to my several countries and peoples free internal development, my duties as a sovereign have obliged me to place my whole army under arms. On the frontiers of my empire, in the south and in the north, stand the armies of two enemies who have allied with the intention of breaking the power of Austria as...
Page 651 - WAR, 1870-71. FIRST PART :— HISTORY OF THE WAR TO THE DOWNFALL OF THE EMPIRE. FIRST SECTION :— THE EVENTS IN JULY. Authorised Translation from the German Official Account at the Topographical and Statistical Department of the War Office, by Captain FC H.
Page 531 - ... development, my duties as a Sovereign have obliged me to place my whole army under arms. " On the frontiers of my Empire, in the south and in the north, stand the armies of two enemies who have allied with the intention of breaking the power of Austria as a great European State. " To neither of those enemies have I given cause for war. I call on an Omniscient God to bear witness that I have always considered it my first, my most sacred duty, to do all in my power to secure for my peoples the...
Page 532 - Germany, and now she employs military force against those Sovereigns who have faithfully discharged their Federal duties. " The most pernicious of wars, a war of Germans against Germans, has become inevitable, and I now summon before the tribunal of history — before the tribunal of an eternal and all-powerful God, those persons who have brought it about, and make them responsible for the misfortunes which may fall on individuals, families, districts, and countries...
Page 167 - A state of concentration like that in which the army had been for the last five days, rendered the subsistence of the troops extremely difficult, and only admits of bivouacking, thereby weakening the strength of the troops, and opposing the greatest obstacles to all future movements.
Page 532 - The rights and the honour of Austria, the rights and the honour of the whole German nation, are no longer a barrier against the inordinate ambition of Prussia. Prussian troops have entered Holstein, the Estates convoked by the Imperial Stadtholder have been violently dissolved, the Government of Holstein, which the Treaty of Vienna gives to Austria and Prussia in common, has been claimed for Prussia alone, and the Austrian garrison has been obliged to give way to a force ten times as strong as itself....
Page 532 - mobilize' the Federal troops, Prussia, who prides herself on being the defender of the interests of Germany, resolved to complete the work she had begun. Violently severing the tie which unites the German races, Prussia announced her secession from the Bund, required from the German Governments the acceptance of a so-called project of Reform, which in reality is a division of Germany, and now she employs military force against those Sovereigns who have faithfully discharged their Federal duties....
Page 533 - My hopes are not based on unity of purpose, on power alone. I confide in an almighty and just God, whom my House from its very foundation has faithfully served, a God who never forsakes those who righteously put their trust in Him. To Him I pray for assistance and success, and I call on my peoples to join me in that prayer.
Page 532 - Government to participate in general conferences, the object of which was to be the maintenance of peace. My Government, in accordance with my views, and, if possible, to secure the blessing of peace for my peoples, did not refuse to share in the conferences, but made their acceptance dependent on the confirmation of the supposition that the public law of Europe and the existing treaties were to form the basis of the attempt at mediation, and that the Powers represented would not seek to uphold special...

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