The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 201
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Web Belt and his frequent disappointments in the long struggle to
get it adopted, with his final success, is told clearly and at all times
modestly. The volume opens with a foreword by General Nelson
A. Miles and ends with an appendix containing three papers, one a
plea for reform of the organization and administration of the U.
S. Army, written in 1897, the others addresses before the Society
of the Army of the Cumberland and before the Order of Indian
One cannot but admire the spirit shown in the memoirs-
whether it is the youthful daredevil posting of a defiance to his
enemies in a frontier town, the audacious promise of a young lieu-
tenant to call to personal account a, member of Lincoln's cabinet,
his tender and whole-hearted devotion to his wife, his generous
championship of his Confederate opponents, of the Mexicans, of
woman's suffrage, of prohibition, and-mark it well-his hatred of
war! Of his "greatest material achievements," the invention and
development of the ammunition carrier and web equipment, he says
with evident sincerity, "I only regret that they were not designed
for construction rather than for destruction." The last chapter in
the volume is devoted to an earnest exposition of the folly of "trial
by combat," national as well as personal.
The book was not intended primarily for the historical student
but rather as a memorial of his wife and for the information of
descendants and kinsmen; therefore, it would be improper to apply
to it the rigid canons of historical criticism. The chronological
overlapping of the narrative sometimes renders it a little difficult
to establish the date of an occurrence, and when the author gives
the date of the month he frequently omits to mention the year.
Some errors are evidently due to inadvertence. General A. S.
Johnston is spelled "Johnson" (pp. 82-83); Beauregard is said
to have "retreated toward Nashville" after yielding Corinth (p.
83); while the statement that Bragg "retired toward Atlanta to
which we also went" after the battle of Missionary Ridge (p. 94)
is inexact. Of his strictures upon the war with Mexico in 1847
(p. 258), and his defense of Huerta (p. 262), there will of course
be two opinions. It will be noticed that the General's admiration
for public personages extends to some members of both the great
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