General orders are treated with evasion & sometimes contempt.
Shrewdness & personal assertion are cultivated -- prompt military deportment discouraged.
Deserters are replaced to boast among honest men.
Companies are excused from duty --
Gross disobediences are composed by personal interviews.
Friday, 19 August 2011
Found poem: Shrewdness and Personal Assertion
In his account of what he considered the demoralisation of the 141st New York regiment during the American Civil War, a certain Lieutenant Colonel James Beecher composed the following list. It makes one of the most effective found poems I've seen in a while: