A History Of The War Department Of The United States; With Biographical Sketches Of The Secretaries

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byLurton Dunham Ingersoll

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. THE BUREAUX OF THE WAR DEPARTMENT. (continued.) The Subsistence Department--The Medical Department--The Pay Department--The Corps Of Engineers--The Ordnance Department--Resume1 Of The Practical Labors Performed By The Different Bureaux. TEXT in order among the bureaux of the War Department, as annually arranged in the official army register, is: VI. THE SUBSISTENCE DEPARTMENT. In strictness there was no such thing as a subsistence department in the military establishment of the United States before the year 1818. The country had gone through the Revolutionary war, several Indian wars, and the war with Great Britain of 1812-15, without a distinct military organization exclusively charged with subsisting the army. A hundred years ago the subject of the division of labor, whether in military or civil affairs, was little understood. In the latter its importance had begun to be considered by the best minds of the age through the publication of Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations," a work contemporaneous with our Declaration of Independence, and scarcely less beneficent in its influence upon mankind; but in military affairs, especially in America, not much consideration was given to the subject until later. All through the war of the Revolution, in the Indian wars near the close of the eighteenth and beginning of the nineteenth centuries, throughout the last war with England, our armies experienced many disasters and sufferings from the want of a proper division of military organizations. No more notable want was that of an independent subsistence department under the strict rules of military discipline. In all the wars above referred to, there had to be, by necessity, some substitute or other for a subsistence department, because the armies had to be...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. THE BUREAUX OF THE WAR DEPARTMENT. (continued.) The Subsistence Department--The Medical Department--The Pay Depar...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:166 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.35 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021742693X

ISBN - 13:9780217426930

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