By Bruce Catton
A desirable learn of the 1st smooth conflict and its influence on American tradition.
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Snorted the Irishman. He slapped his cartridge box. " His corps commander heard the story and promptly adopted the device; and for the rest of the war, the i5th Corps wore for its badge a replica of a cartridge box with the words "40 rounds" printed under it. Soldiers would quickly take their tone from a commanding officer, if the officer had enough force and leadership. There was an old regular army man, General Charles F. Smith— tall, slim, straight as a ramrod, with long flowing white mustachios—who knew instinctively how to lead men in action.
He reflects the national character, and the national character has not changed a great deal. Weapons, tactics, strategic concepts, equipment—all of these may have changed enormously; yet the human material of which American armies are made is today very much as it was generations ago. As the battle record of many wars attests, this material has uniformly been pretty good. Yet the ways in which this material has been used have undergone many changes. It may be instructive to note some of these changes, to see what happened in an earlier, more informal period, and to reflect on some of the lessons which can be deduced.
In the end, they were the ones who got licked—licked by the very boys whose inability to define our war aims proved so disturbing to the high-minded folk back home. The American soldier, in short, usually plays it by ear. He never really becomes very military; for better or for worse, he remains to the end a citizen in arms. In the Civil War the Northern soldier who simply said that he was fighting to save the Union and let it go at that, drew from this unadorned creed what seemed to him to be the proper logical deductions.
America Goes to War: The Civil War and Its Meaning in American Culture by Bruce Catton