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Connecticut (Connecticut, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
He has, moreover, other claims to be considered their inheritor, for he can recall to mind the fact that it was the Northern States, then simple colonies, which sustained nearly all the brunt of the war of independence, the rewards of which they shared with their associates of the South. Out of the two hundred and thirty-two thousand men whom that war saw mustered under the Federal flag, Massachusetts alone, always the most patriotic and the most warlike, furnished sixty-eight thousand; Connecticut, with less population, thirty-two thousand; Pennsylvania, twenty-six thousand; New York, almost entirely occupied by the English, eighteen thousand; to sum up, the States which were faithful to the Union in 1861 had given one hundred and seventy-five thousand men to fight against England—that is to say, more than three-fourths of the total number. Among those which, at a later period, espoused the Confederate cause, valiant Virginia was the only one which at that time contributed a resp
Arkansas (Arkansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
icts of Chihuahua, pursued its course by way of El Paso, Santa Fe, and the Rocky Mountains to Fort Leavenworth, on the borders of the Missouri; the other, leaving Monterey, crossed the Rio Grande and Texas, and finally reached the settlements of Arkansas and Louisiana. Although nominally under the jurisdiction of Mexico, this country, of which all adventurers had glimpses in their golden dreams, was in reality the land of God, as the Arabs express it. The first object of the war was to wrest thrisoners by stratagems little creditable to their conquerors. Decimated by sickness, hunger, and, above all, by the fatal abuse of fire-water, the sad remnants of this proud race embarked for New Orleans, and thence proceeded to the prairies of Arkansas, where that civilization which they only knew as an inveterate foe was soon again to find them. This struggle had lasted thirteen years, and although the American army always endeavored to mitigate the evils of that cruel policy of which it w
West Point (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
1796. It was deemed sufficient to establish a species of disguised school at West Point (une espece daecole deguisee)altogether inadequate to the wants of the countre late war, who was indebted to his precocious eloquence for his admission to West Point. In 1856, when only eighteen years of age, he was extremely anxious to embrace the profession of arms. The right to nominate a pupil to West Point was about to fall upon the Representative of his district, and, on the other hand, in consequehis speeches and his youth. The member was reelected, and Kilpatrick entered West Point. But if the terms of admission do not guarantee the worth of the candidateionally gave the army some excellent soldiers, who, although not graduates of West Point, did not the less display great military talents. Finally, a custom, singula At all events, it was but little compared with what their former comrades of West Point earned in the various pursuits of industry and commerce. There is, moreove
San Jacinto (Durango, Mexico) (search for this): chapter 3
s, they had already fought as improvised citizens of Texas at the time when the North and the South were contending for the supremacy of influence in that ephemeral republic. They had already measured strength with the Mexican soldier, and at San Jacinto they had learned to outwit his vigilance and to excel his skill in horsemanship. The Americans, therefore, did not even wait for the declaration of war to launch out into the most hazardous expeditions. Between the populated districts of Mexnd embark with General Scott for Vera Cruz. In the mean time, the Mexicans, under the pretext of a political revolution called federalist, had called into power a soldier, the most able to cope with the invaders. When, ten years before, at San Jacinto, a trick of fortune delivered President Santa Anna into the hands of the warlike American settlers in Texas, instead of shooting him, they had set him free, thinking, as they said, that they could not bestow a more fatal gift upon their enemie
Vera Cruz, Mo. (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
of our bold sailors, had not discouraged him. But while giving directions for the defence of the place where he intended to cause the success of our arms to be forgotten, he took care not to shut himself up within its walls in the presence of the Americans. He dreaded with just cause the superiority of their discipline, of their military spirit, of their materiel, and, above all, of their perseverance. In spite of one of those terrible northers so common and so dangerous in the harbor of Vera Cruz, which interrupted all communication with the fleet, and which by demolishing the hills of moving sand levelled the first works of the engineer, the siege progressed rapidly. The city surrendered three days after the trenches were opened, and after one day's bombardment, which only disabled sixty-four Americans. But all the advantages accruing from this rapid success were lost in consequence of the difficulty of transportation, which is the great problem of war in regions destitute of
San Pascual (Philippines) (search for this): chapter 3
f their motions, that their adversaries, like the Curiatii, had allowed themselves to become separated, they wheeled round abruptly, and their long lances unhorsed their too confiding adversaries one after the other. Kearny himself received several wounds. Fortunately for him, the heavy cavalry had time to come up; and notwithstanding the somewhat unmartial appearance of the animals, its approach was sufficient to disperse the Mexicans. If the Americans had been beaten in the battle of San Pascual, they would inevitably have perished of hunger and misery. Although victorious, they were obliged to repel for two days longer the attacks of their adversaries. Fortunately for them, the naval division of Commodore Stockton was waiting for them at San Diego, and a detachment of marines and soldiers, sent by the latter, brought them on the 11th of December the succor they had so greatly needed. Resuming his march after fifteen days rest, with his troops reinforced by more than four hund
North Carolina (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
rily, not more than ten or fifteen, and very rarely twenty, thousand men under their command. These little armies could live upon the country which they occupied. It was not always without difficulty, it is true; and the soldiers of Washington suffered cruelly during the winter they passed at Valley Forge. The English army, passing through a relatively rich country from Philadelphia to New York, was obliged to carry its provisions along with it; and Cornwallis lost all his baggage in North Carolina, even while he was making a conquering march through it. But neither of these had to depend upon that vast system of victualling which relies upon a fixed and certain base of operations, and without which large armies cannot be supported in America. They subsisted, marched, and sojourned for months by the side of an enemy who was master of the country. If we wished to draw a comparison between the two wars, it would be the armies of the North, and not those of the South, that we shou
Missouri (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
of France. This column, however, consists only of three squadrons of regular cavalry, the rest being made up of volunteers recruited in haste, two regiments of Missouri cavalry, one battalion of Mormons, and some artillery. A considerable train of provisions and ammunition accompanies them, for they have to cross a desert of foed, they proceeded towards the Rio Grande; and, unmolested by any enemy, they went to embark in the vicinity of Matamoras for New Orleans. On their return to Missouri they were discharged, having travelled more than two thousand leagues during their one year's service. Like those torrents which rush down from the Rocky Mountan watchful anxiety. Having to watch the Apaches and the Comanches, who infested the passes of the Rocky Mountains on the side of New Mexico, the Sioux on the Upper Missouri, the Nez Perces and the Coeur d'alene—warlike tribes from the shores of Oregon—it was scattered over an immense territory, and had, besides, to hold itself al
El Paso, Woodford County, Illinois (Illinois, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
the populated districts of Mexico and the boundaries of Anglo-Saxon civilization, there was then a vast extent of country, almost untenanted, and inhabited only by roving Indians and a few settlers of Spanish origin. At certain periods this desert was ploughed by large armed caravans, which carried on a trade of more than ten millions annually, by following two routes, equally difficult and dangerous. One, starting from the rich mining districts of Chihuahua, pursued its course by way of El Paso, Santa Fe, and the Rocky Mountains to Fort Leavenworth, on the borders of the Missouri; the other, leaving Monterey, crossed the Rio Grande and Texas, and finally reached the settlements of Arkansas and Louisiana. Although nominally under the jurisdiction of Mexico, this country, of which all adventurers had glimpses in their golden dreams, was in reality the land of God, as the Arabs express it. The first object of the war was to wrest this territory from the feeble hands that were unable
Niagara County (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
est. The regular army was hardly in existence. The volunteers, few in number, levied in haste, and generally for the term of a single expedition, confined to the frontier of their own State, could scarcely be considered as part of the army. The militia, more insubordinate still than under Washington, found constitutional reasons for refusing, even in the midst of active operations, to go beyond the frontier to support their comrades in the field. The most bloody affair, perhaps —that of Niagara—was a night skirmish, in which each of the contending parties, believing itself beaten, abandoned the field of battle before the break of day; while the rout of Bladensburg threw a melancholy light upon the demoralization of those improvised troops. The name of the young general Scott, lately the illustrious senior of the American army, is alone deserving of being mentioned in the same breath with that of Perry—that sailor who, by dint of audacity, was enabled to secure the naval supremac<
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