ight have been the result?
Far from it—he said to his troops: Soldiers, you have neither shoes, nor food, nor clothes, and the Republic cannot relieve you. Hence you must help yourselves.
Before you lie the Austrians.
In their camps alone you will find what you need.
Action followed speech, and his aggressive operations on that occasion, conducted with electric rapidity, have remained the wonder of the world.
He assumed immense risks, it is true, and was very near losing the battle of Marengo, where victory was secured to him by the unexpected arrival of Desoix.
But still the question may be asked: Would there not have been greater risk on the defensive than on the offensive?
General Andrew Jackson, when, on the 23d of December, 1814, he marched with inferior forces, composed of raw militia, to attack the veterans of England, encamped on a level plain, six miles from New Orleans, and fought them notwithstanding the darkness of night was intuitively correct in his bold decisi