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The Daily Dispatch: February 15, 1864., [Electronic resource], Napoleon's Judgment on men and things. (search)
Napoleon's Judgment on men and things. [Translated from the French for the Mobile Advertiser.] The presence of the general on the field is absolutely necessary — he is the head; he is the whole army. It was not the Roman army that conquered the Gauls, it was Cæsar. It was not the Carthaginian army that threw terror among the Romans at the gates of Rome, it was cannibal. It was not the Macedonian army that marched on the Indus, it was Alexander. It was not the French army that carried war on the Weser and on the Inn, it was Turenne. It was not the Prussian army that defended Prussia during seven years against the three greatest powers of Europe, it was Frederick the Great. Generals in chief are guided by their own experience or their genius. Tactics, evolutions, the silence of the engineer and the artillerist, may be learned from books, or treatises, like geometry; but the knowledge of the high parts of war is only acquired by experience, and by the study of the histor
Acquittal of Capt. Alexander. --The labors of the Court of Inquiry in the case of Capt. George W. Alexander, late commandant at Castle Thunder, in this city, against whom grave charges had been preferred, have terminated with the verdict--"the charges not sustained by the evidence. " The investigation was a long and searchingrs of the Court of Inquiry in the case of Capt. George W. Alexander, late commandant at Castle Thunder, in this city, against whom grave charges had been preferred, have terminated with the verdict--"the charges not sustained by the evidence. " The investigation was a long and searching one, and held at Capt. Alexander's request. rs of the Court of Inquiry in the case of Capt. George W. Alexander, late commandant at Castle Thunder, in this city, against whom grave charges had been preferred, have terminated with the verdict--"the charges not sustained by the evidence. " The investigation was a long and searching one, and held at Capt. Alexander's request.