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H. Wager Halleck , A. M. , Lieut. of Engineers, U. S. Army ., Elements of Military Art and Science; or, Course of Instruction in Strategy, Fortification, Tactis of Battles &c., Embracing the Duties of Staff, Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery and Engineers. Adapted to the Use of Volunteers and Militia., Chapter 14: field-engineering.—Field Fortifications.—Military Communications.—Military Bridges.—Sapping, Mining, and the attack and defence of a fortified place (search)
mense destruction, the attacks of greatly superior numbers; to the battle of Fleurus, in 1690, where the Prince of Waldeck exposed himself to a most disastrous defeat by neglecting the resources of fortification and other indispensable precautions; to the battle of Malplaquet, in 1709, where Marshal Villars, by neglecting to occupy and intrench the farm that closed the passage between the woods of Sars and Laniere, exposed himself to a disastrous defeat; to the operations of 1792, where General Custine, by neglecting to intrench the heights that covered Bingen, as the engineers had recommended, exposed himself to those terrible disasters which forced him to a precipitate retreat; to the works of Wervike, which, by a vigorous resistance on the 10th of September, 1793, saved the Dutch army from total destruction; to the intrenched camp of Ulm, in 1800, which for six weeks held in check the victorious army of Moreau; to the intrenched lines of Torres Vedras, in 1810, which saved from des
ny of Ignorance. When the reign of terror first began to sweep over France one of its earliest victims of note was Gen. Custine--that General whose invasions of the heart of Germany, and taking of Mayence, had endeared him both to the people and ebeian generals to direct the plebeian masses, and ignorant generals to invent modern warfare." It was in vain that Custine, in a defence luminous as light, and fortified by unanswerable facts, annihilated every inculpation of his accusation. up that I can write my name." Cade-- "Away with him; hang him with his pen and inkhorn about his neck."In a like spirit Custine was sent to the guillotine. "God is not honored by human know ledge," said a fanatic to the witty Dr. South. "Stillreminded of these things when we hear the learned criticisms by civilians of military education, and military measures. Custine could not be brought to the block in America for "mingling science with war," but the guillotine of public opinion would