Books of Military Instruction.
--The present times seem to be prolific in military developments, not the least among which is the many styles in which the art of war is presented to the reading public by authors on that science.
In former days old Fuss and Feathers bore off the palm in his knowledge of the subject, and his "tactics," for so many years the text book of the U. S. Army, had so overshadowing a popularity that no other writer dare enter the field in opposition to the doughty General.--The times, however, are changed, and so are the men. Scott
and his tactics are fossil remainders.
Younger military writers have borrowed all of his system worth translating to our modern time, and have added thereto the fruits of a later and more enlarged experience.
In this department of literature the South
The efforts at publishing of late by Southern firms are of the most creditable kind.
Books are gotten up in a style unsurpassed by Northern houses.--Among the military books lately issued none surpass Gilham
's Manual, published by, West and Johnston
, of this city, at 145 Main street. It is gotten up regardless of cost.
Competent authority pronounces it an admirable book, shewing the soldier's art from Alpha to Omega
Among other books published by the same firm may be mentioned Cary
's Bayonet Exercise, Lee
's Volunteer's Hand-Book, Confederate States
Army Regulations, Hardee
's Tactic's, Mahan
's Outpost Duty, School of the Guides, or the Practicing Soldier
, Southern Military Manual, &c., &c. We saw yesterday, at the above publishing house a beautiful map of the Seat of War, published in New York, and which, by some means, had run the blockade.
It conveys much valuable information.
is in the ascendant and military books go off like hot cakes.