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e to an attack in front, in every case where, by this means, a position may be carried.
This principle in military art is too well established to require that it should be fortified by authority; but Napoleon, in a criticism on the conduct of Turenne in the campaign of 1655, sets forth the action of that general in a statement of principles so different from those followed by General Grant, that I cannot avoid citing it here.
Turenne, says he, constantly observed the two maxims: 1st, Never Turenne, says he, constantly observed the two maxims: 1st, Never attack a position in front, when you can obtain it by turning it; 2d, Avoid doing what the enemy wishes, and that simply because he does wish it. Shun the field of battle which he has reconnoitred and stud ied, and more particularly that in which he has fortified and intrenched himself.—Montholon and Gourgaud: Memoirs of Napoleon, vol.
III., p. 95. Moreover, this was the means by which, eventually, after a heavy waste of life, the enemy was dislodged from these lines.
It results that such ass