Let us glance at some late English military magnates, General James Thomas Brudenal
of Cardigan, who led the Light Brigade
in the famous and fatal charge of the 600 on the Russian
guns at Balaklava
, ‘while all the world wondered,’ was never in a fight before or after the Crimean war, but he was made lieutenant-general, Knight Commander
of the Bath, Commander
of the Legion of Honor, and lionized generally.
General Sir James Yorke Scarlett
, who commanded ‘the heavies’ and succeeded Lucan
, had a similar record, and became, too, lieutenant-general and Knight Commander
of the Bath.
General George Charles Bingham
, who commanded the cavalry division, consisting of these two brigades, beyond some amateur soldiering with the Russians in 1828, never smelt powder before or after the Crimean war, but he became Knight Commander
of the Bath, lieutenant-general
and field marshal.
What do these cavalrymen know of war compared to Forrest
, or the cavalry Lees
Robert Cornelius Napier
, Lord Napier of Magdala, as he is familiarly called, had served well in India
, and he received an annuity of 12,000, was made field marshal, Knight Commander
of the Bath, and a catalogue of honors for a little skirmish with and a general demolition of King Theodore in Abyssinia
There were many skirmishes in Early
's campaigns, the names of which I have not called, that exceeded all his fighting.
His Royal Highness, George William Frederick Charles
, field marshal and long time commander-in-chief of the British
army, was in two fights, the Alma
General Sir Garnet Joseph Wolsley
, viscount K. P., K. C. B., G. C. M. G., D. C. L., Ll. D., fought the Burmese, the Russians in the Crimea, the Ashantees on the African Gold Coast
, and finally Egyptians and Arabs.
He is a scholar, a gentlemen and a gallant soldier, twice wounded, and has skirmished around the world in good shape, getting £ 25,000 from his government for undoing a poor African
king, and no end of military and civic honors, and is now commander-in-chief of the British
has bullied the world.
He has done the largest real estate
business on the smallest piece of land; he has conducted the largest wholesale trade on the smallest retail capital; he has stretched out the longest lines with the fewest men, and has got more military distinction for the smallest lot of fighting than anybody else that ever lived,
In four years the Confederates
fought 2,261 battles, an average of nearly two a day. Six hundred of them were fought on Virginia
Our American transactions have been on so great a scale; we have produced so many great captains, that we often fail to realize the magnitude of our accomplishments and the greatness of our home-bred heroes.
How great a figure would they fill in the world's eye, if they were celebrated as the older nations have celebrated theirs with titles and estates, and with artistic and literary monuments?
's generals in the Peninsula
did real fighting.
They would furnish the nearest resemblance to our own; but time forbids that I pursue the parallel with other English generals, and I leave you to pursue it for yourselves, confident that you will tarry a long time with Marlborough
, and will stand puzzled to answer my question, ‘Who next?’
None, I will confidently say, that you will be willing to rank above Jubal A. Early