It is in this grand element of the volunteer soldiery - the alacrity with which our young citizen-chivalry leaps to arms - the enthusiasm which answers the call for ten thousand men, with eager and 'clamorous offers of service from two hundred thousand throats, - it is in these indications of a war like and irresistible spirit, that we find our real protection from Old World jealousies and hatreds. And confident in the inexhaustible nature of this enthusiasm, we can afford to look with complacency on the few thousand Regulars who perma uently sustain the ?ag of the United States, along a frontier and seaboard of more than fifty thousand miles.
Everywhere throughout our country - and long may 1t re main so! We find the Soldier-spirit manifesting its force amongst all ages and classes, from the children who parade the streets with wooden guns and penny trumpets as their earliest pastime, to the splendidly equipped and disciplined bodies of cavalry and infantry, who spend time, money and exertions, without grudging, to make themselves competent at any moment to the defence of their homes, their liberties, and the inviolability of the American ?ag.
It is in view of these things, carefully noted and reported, that high European authorities have pronounced us the most naturally warlike people in the world; and who shall pretend to limit the in?uence which this belief has had in securing for us the respect which our ?ag enjoys abroad, and that happy immunity from aggression which, for this long time past, has given our warlike spirit no cause or call for any very exten sive excitement?
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - M. W. Berriman
Published Date - August 26 2019
ISBN - 9780331928747
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.1 cm
Page Count - 141
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