Excerpt from A History of the United States of America: Including Some Important Facts Mostly Omitted in the Smaller Histories, Designed for General Reading and for Academies
It will, therefore, be the purpose of the following pages, not so much to seek the entertainment of the student by minutely detailed narratives of military campaigns, as, while treating those subjects at sufficient length, to endeavor to derive some positive benefit from the observation of their causes and effects, as also to bring into prominence other public matters which deeply concern the well-being of the people at large.
That historical treatise accomplishes little or no good for humanity which delights mainly in military manoeuvres, moving its kings and captains In the sight of the student like the un feeling puppet figures of a chess-board, and, while vainly minis tering amusement, suppresses the sad tale of utter devastation and woe that ever attend the track of the worldly conqueror.
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