of the National Guard in the several States might furnish some officers for the enrolled militia.
But those well-trained and fully equipped regiments would be required to move with full ranks at once to the place of danger.
Hence their active members would not be available in the great expansion of the army in the first period of war. The organization of the first reserve must, for this reason, be entirely independent of the National Guard.
A great and very important advance has already been made in bringing the regular army into close relations with the National Guard of the several States, and in the employment of regular officers in disseminating military education, both theoretical and practical, throughout the country.
These are among the most valuable services the regular army can render in time of peace, and they should be extended, if practicable, still further.
Especially in the State artillery, which must soon be organized for war service in the new fortifications, instruction by regular officers will be indispensable, and this can best be given in conjunction with the regular garrisons, the same as in war service.
It would also be well to perfect an arrangement by which the new infantry regiments, when first taking the field upon the breaking out of war, might be accompanied by small bodies of regulars, to lead the way and indicate by example what is to be done.
Experience has shown that under such example the rawest volunteers will be almost as stanch in battle as the regulars themselves.
The beneficial effect upon new troops of the example of men who have before been in battle is very great.
Hence it is that old regiments should always be kept full by the addition of recruits, rather than that the casualties of service be replaced by new regiments.
What constitutes valuable education, military no less than civil, is often greatly misunderstood.
Elementary education and practical training are indispensable to everybody, while higher education may be rather injurious