years the Seminoles eluded in the pestilential swamps our utmost efforts, and in which were displayed such traits of heroism as that commemorated by yonder monument to Dade
and his command,--“when all fell, save three, without an attempt to retreat.”
At last came the Mexican War
, to replace Indian combats and the monotony of the frontier service; and for the first time in many years the mass of the regular army was concentrated, and took the principal part in the battles of that remarkable and romantic war. Palo Alto
, and Fort Brown
were the achievements of the regulars unaided; and as to the battles of Monterey
, Buena Vista
, Vera Cruz
, Cerro Gordo
, and the final triumphs in the valley, none can truly say that they could have been won without the regulars.
When peace crowned our victories in the capital of the Montezumas, the army was at once dispersed over the long frontier and engaged in harassing and dangerous wars with the Indians of the plains.
Thus thirteen long years were spent, until the present war broke out, and the mass of the army was drawn in, to be employed against a domestic foe.
I cannot proceed to the events of the recent past and the present without adverting to the gallant men who were so long of our number, but who have now gone to their last home; for no small portion of the glory of which we boast was reflected from such men as Taylor
, Worth, Brady
, and Duncan
There is a sad story of Venetian
history that has moved many a heart, and often employed the poet's pen and the painter's pencil.
It is of an old man whose long life was gloriously spent in the service of the state as a warrior and a statesman, and who, when his hair was white and his feeble limbs could scarce carry his bent form towards the grave, attained the highest honors that a Venetian citizen could reach.
He was Doge of Venice
Convicted of treason against the state, he not only lost