The Talk about improved arms.
We hear a great deal in these days of ‘"improved arms;"’ but while, no doubt, there has been some improvement, we question whether the exaggerations of their value have not done more harm than good.
They have held men to rely on the weapon instead of themselves. --The poor devils from Ohio
, who, theree to one, fought our troops at Philippi
, were armed with Minnie muskets; yet most of their bells lodged in the trees.
The improved arms of the Massachusetts Regiment, which was mobbed in passing through Baitimore, ware no match for the improved mon who, armed with briskbate and clubs, drove them howling through the streets.
None of the battles of modern times have been as destructive of human life as those which occurred before the invention of gunpowder, when men fought with swords, spears, hows and arrows, &c., and trusted in themselves instead of their weapons.
And notwithstanding all the improvements in cannon and muskets, the slughter in the late Italian
war was not to be compared to that in some of Naroluon's great battles, before any of them co-called improvements had been made.
The truth is, the old Virginia
rifle, the old freshioned musket, the double-barred shot-gun, are all as good in the hands of a man who is bent on fight as any weapon that may be used.
It is not the weapon, it is the men who use them, that decied a victory.
Let a man's heart be influenced with vangeance and a love of country, and he will make the poo weapon equal to the best of improvement — Anything that will