genealogical tree in the old French wars; for the cis-Atlantic campaigns of the seven years war were not confined to the “red men scalping each other by the great lakes of North America
,” and it was in them that our ancestors first participated as Americans
in the large operations of civilized armies.
American regiments then fought on the banks of the St. Lawrence
and the Ohio
, on the shores of Ontario
and Lake George
, on the islands of the Caribbean and in South America
, the Moro, and Porto Bello, attest the valor of the provincial troops; and in that school were educated such soldiers as Washington
, and Gates
These, and men like Greene
, and Steuben
, were the fathers of our permanent army; and under them our troops acquired that discipline and steadiness which enabled them to meet upon equal terms, and often to defeat, the tried veterans of England
The study of the history of the Revolution, and a perusal of the despatches of Washington
, will convince the most skeptical of the value of the permanent army in achieving our independence and establishing the civil edifice which we are now fighting to preserve.
The War of 1812 found the army on a footing far from adequate to the emergency; but it was rapidly increased, and of the new generation of soldiers many proved equal to the requirements of the occasion.
, Chippewa, Queenstown
, New Orleans,--all bear witness to the gallantry of the regulars.
Then came an interval of more than thirty years of external peace, marked by many changes in the organization and strength of the regular army, and broken at times by tedious and bloody Indian wars.
Of these the most remarkable were the Black Hawk War
, in which our troops met unflinchingly a foe as relentless and far more destructive than the Indians,--that terrible scourge, the cholera; and the tedious Florida War, where for so many