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E. K. R.
To you we owe the suggestion of writing this book.
Its purpose, as you know better than any one else, is to tell in simple fashion the story of some Americans who showed that they knew how to live and how to die; who proved their truth by their endeavor; and who joined to the stern and manly qualities which are essential to the well-being of a masterful race the virtues of gentleness, of patriotism, and of lofty adherence to an ideal.
It is a good thing for all Americans, and it is an especially good thing for young Americans, to remember the men who have given their lives in war and peace to the service of their fellow-countrymen, and to keep in mind the feats of daring and personal prowess done in time past by some of the many champions of the nation in the various crises of her history. Thrift, industry, obedience to law, and intellectual cultivation are essential qualities in the make-up of any successful people; but no people can be really great unless they possess also the heroic virtues which are as needful in time of peace as in time of war, and as important in civil as in military life. As a civilized people we desire peace, but the only peace worth having is obtained by instant readiness to fight when wronged - not by unwillingness or inability to fight at all. Intelligent foresight in preparation and known capacity to stand well in battle are the surest safeguards against war. America will cease to be a great nation whenever her young men cease to possess energy, daring, and endurance, as well as the wish and the power to fight the nation's foes. No citizen of a free state should wrong any man; but it is not enough merely to refrain from infringing on the rights of others; he must also be able and willing to stand up for his own rights and those of his country against all comers, and he must be ready at any time to do his full share in resisting either malice domestic or foreign levy.
ING OF KENTUCKY
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THE DEATH OF STONEWALL JACK-
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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
GENERAL GRANT RECONNOITERING THE CONFEDERATE
Frontispiece GEORGE WASHINGTON
9 DANIEL BOONE IN THE FRONTIER WOODS. AT CLOSE
QUARTERS “ALL DAY LONG THE TROOPS WADED IN ICY WATER
35 WASHINGTON DIRECTING THE ARTILLERY AT TRENTON
49 The MARCH TO TRENTON
55 AT THE BAYONET'S POINT
63 CHARGE OF THE AMERICAN FRONTIERSMEN
75 THE STORMING OF STONY POINI THE DESTRUCTION OF THE FRIGATE “ PHILADELPHIA" IN THE HARBOR OF TRIPOLI
107 “ THE FIGHTING SAILOR-MEN SPRANG FORWARD"
123 THE PRIVATEER AND HER PRIZES
133 ANDREW JACKSON
143 JOHN QUINCY ADAMS
155 FRANCIS PARKMAN .
165 DEATH OF CROCKETT
177 THE ENCOUNTER AT SHORT RANGE
189 STONEWALL Jackson GoinG FORWARD ON THE PLANK
ROAD IN ADVANCE OF THE LINE OF BATTLE . 217 BATTLE BETWEEN THE UNION CAVALRY UNDER GREGG
AND THE CONFEDERATE CAVALRY UNDER STUART . 231 MAJOR-GENERAL GEORGE A. CUSTER