It would be too long here for me to demonstrate the necessity of such a corps.
Our Generals, and certainly many of our instructed and well educated officers, have, when nothing else, read military history.
They know what account Napoleon made of the military engineers; how indispensable he deemed the institution to be. They know not the opinion of foreigners upon the subject, but also that of the intelligent and learned American engineers.
They have probably read the fine work of Captain H. Wager Halleck; they are probably acquainted with the report made by Captain McClelland on the Crimean war, of which he was an eye-witness, as sent there by the United States of America, in order to examine and report; they have seen the advantages that the French derived by a strict adherence to the technical rules of the science of the engineer, and the disadvantages that the English suffered on account of negligence towards that part of military science.
They know, also, that the engineer is n