My stay in Europe—from May, 1881, to May, 1882— was marked by only one incident of special military interest. Under orders of the War Department, upon invitation from the government of France, I witnessed the autumn maneuvers of the Twelfth Corps of the French army at and about Limoges. A few other officers of our army, and many from other countries, enjoyed the same privilege. The operations, which were interesting and instructive, culminated in an assault upon and the capture of Limoges. The next day the corps was reviewed in the streets of the city. The general-in-chief and his staff and suite rode along the line at full speed. The head of
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