The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927 Page: 281
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The Journal of Captain Isaac L. Baker 281
liberality so characteristic of the true soldier and a distinct knowl-
edge of the Military profession was loudly complained of. With
all the Deportment of authority he is said to have been possessed
of no one of those rare qualifications which render power agree-
able. Very different was the character of his successor. He had
held the highest offices that his fellow citizens of Tenessee could
bestow. Fortune had smiled upon him in a succession of vic-
tories won at the head of armies that adored him-yet the man
remained as nature had fashioned him-pure and incorruptible.
He needed not the hauteur and assumed dignity that clothes
little great men to shroud him from the observation of the world.
He was accessible to all and no man unless under his immediate
displeasure could feel more illy at ease in the presence of his
equal than with him. Affable and generous to an excess he had
a facility in winning the rough heart of the soldiers a happy
faculty which few possess. Having never served in a subaltern
capacity in a regular army he was but indifferently acquainted
with 'duly and Detail'-but as those came more immediately
under the direction of his staff the want of this minutia could
not be urged as solid objections to the man created by nature
with the head to plan the soul to dare and the hand to execute.
The Regular troops of his District were composed of some of
the Best corps in the American service. The 2d Regt. of In-
fantry had existed for 12 years without a change of organization.
It had in it many excellent officers and its soldiers had mostly
seen from five to twenty years of service The 3rd ly was by
no means inferior to the 2d. Its officers almost without excep-
tion were young men of education and respectable connections
from the States of N. & S. Carolina and Georgia. Possessed of
a proper Emulation they suffered no corps to excell theirs in
neatness and discipline. Many of the officers and soldiers had
belonged to the famous consolidated regiment organized by Genl.
Pike when a Lt. Colo. and in which they had acquired an excel-
lent knowledge of Duty. It had the reputation not without rea-
son of being the best corps in the American Army.
The 7th Infantry was also in the District. Since its organ-
ization in 1808 it had been almost constantly cut up into de-
tachments. This for a lapse of time added to the inattention of
its field officers prevented it from making the appearance or en-
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