Moral Effect…

“The moral effect of result upon troops must never be overlooked” Major General J.M. Schofield (1831 to 1906), United States Army, from the Inaugural Address to Journal of the Military Service Institute of the United States, 11 January 1879. John McAllister Schofield was a US Army officer who held major commands during the American Civil… Read More

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The Ugliest Thing of Things…

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest thing of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling that thinks nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing more than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature, and… Read More

Virtue of the Long Sword…

“To master the virtue of the long sword is to govern the world and oneself, thus the long sword is the basis of strategy. The principle is “strategy by means of the long sword” If he attains the virtue of the long sword, one man can beat ten men. Just as one man can beat… Read More

The Exertions of Better Men…

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a… Read More

Leadership by Example

“Be an example to your men, both in your duty and in private life. Never spare yourself, and let the troops see that you don’t, in your endurance of fatigue and privation. Always be tactful and well mannered and teach your subordinates to be the same. Avoid excessive sharpness or harshness of voice, which usually… Read More