The Militia of the United States: What it Has Been, what it Should be

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Press of T. R. Marvin, 1864 - 130 páginas
 

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Página 14 - The militia of this country must be considered as the palladium of our security, and the first effectual resort in case of hostility. It is essential therefore, that the same system should pervade the whole ; that the formation and discipline of the militia of the continent should be absolutely uniform, and that the...
Página 18 - The Constitution declares that Congress shall have power " to provide for calling forth the militia, to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions...
Página 32 - The country rings around with loud alarms, And raw in fields the rude militia swarms; Mouths without hands; maintained at vast expense, In peace a charge, in war a weak defence ; Stout once a month they march, a blustering band, And ever, but in times of need, at hand ; This was the morn when, issuing on the guard, Drawn up in rank and file they stood prepared Of seeming arms to make a short essay, Then hasten to be drunk, the business of the day.
Página 12 - Fifty thousand men, accustomed to the profession of arms, were at once thrown on the world : and experience seemed to warrant the belief that this change would produce much misery and crime, that the discharged veterans would be seen begging in every street, or that they would be driven by hunger to pillage.
Página 12 - ... he distinguished himself by intelligence and courage, he might hope to attain high commands. The ranks were accordingly composed of persons superior in station and education to the multitude. These persons, sober, moral, diligent, and accustomed to reflect, had been induced to take up arms, not by the pressure of want, not by the love of novelty and license, not by the arts of recruiting officers, but by religious and political zeal, mingled with the desire of distinction and promotion.
Página 15 - Uncertain as we must ever be of the particular point in our circumference where an enemy may choose to invade us, the only force which can be ready at every point and competent to oppose them, is the body of neighboring citizens as formed into a militia. On these...
Página 44 - THE power of regulating the militia, and of commanding its services in times of insurrection and invasion are natural incidents to the duties of superintending the common defense, and of watching over the internal peace of the Confederacy.
Página 16 - To place any dependence upon militia, is assuredly resting upon a broken staff. Men, just dragged from the tender scenes of domestic life, unaccustomed to the din of »rms, totally unacquainted with every kind of military skill, which, being followed by a want of confidence in themselves, when opposed to troops regularly trained, disciplined, and appointed, superior in knowledge, and superior in arms, make them timid, and ready to fly from their own
Página 16 - ... adopted. These, Sir, Congress may be assured, are but a small part of the inconveniences, which might be enumerated, and attributed to militia ; but there is one, that merits particular attention, and that is the expense. Certain I am, that it would be cheaper to keep...

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