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Lights and Shades of Military Life Edited: Lientenant General

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    Charles J. Napier
General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1851 Original Publisher: Henry Colburn Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: CHAPTER III. OP THE SERVITUDE OF THE SOLDIER, AND OF HIS INDIVIDUAL CHARACTER. The words of our familiar language are many of them admirably expressive of their meaning. To obey and to command an army -- what is this but to serve ! This Servitude must be deplored, but it is right to admire those slaves. All of them accept their lot, with all its consequences : and, in France especially, men acquire with extreme facility the qualities necessary for the military profession. All that activity which is natural to us subsides at once, and gives place to a certain sedateness and sadness that I cannot describe. The soldier's life is dull, monotonous, regular. The hours sounded by the drum are as empty and as dreary as itself. The step and look are uniform, like the dress. The vivacity of youth and the sedateness of mature age at length acquire the same gait, and this is that of the arm: and whether that arm be infantry, cavalry, or artillery, it forms the mould into which each throws his character, where it is changed and melted down, that it may take a general form imparted to it for ever. The man is effaced by the soldier. Military Servitude is heavy and unbending as the iron mask of the nameless prisoner, and gives to every soldier a cold and uniform face. Thus, at the mere aspect of a corps d'armie, you perceive nothing but listlessness and discontent in the general features of the military visage. Fatigue adds its wrinkles, the sun its sallow tint, and a premature old age furrows faces of thirty. Nevertheless, an idea common to all has frequently imparted to this...  
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