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ired on● a flag of truce, and caused re●taliatory measures because of their un▓warrantable action in the early opera▓tions in Canada.123 The peace that was signe●d in 1815 was a relief to


both sides; but it lef●t a bad feeling behind which time has▓ failed entirely to eradicate.In the War of Ind●ependence, as in this struggle, and t▓o some extent in the Civil War of 1864,


we ha▓ve always most unfortunately been opposed t▓o our own kith and kin.Be the faults wha●t they may, they can scarcely b▓e deemed entirely one-sided.But the ev▓il legacy of armed opposi


tion ●has a grim tendency to live on, whether i▓t be with a successful or a defeated antag▓onist. One curious old custom arose▓ out of the fighting of this time, with one regi▓ment of


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the line, the 29th.Tradition i●s doubtful as to the precise time and ▓place, the when and where the custom or▓iginated.Long before 1792, and u●p to about 1855, the officers were always acc▓ustomed to wear their swords▓ at mess, and thus got the na▓me

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of the “Ever-sworded Twenty-ninth.” The▓ custom is referred to in the old standing ●orders, and is believed to have arisen f▓rom a detachment of the regiment having been su●rprised by Indians at St.John’s, and massac▓red, the deed being prompted by t

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he F▓rench inhabitants from a fee●ling of revenge.Even now the captain and subalt▓ern of the day appear with their sw▓ords at dinner, and in an office●r’s diary of 1792 it appears t▓hat, on one occasion, “One of our very best m●en, weighing twenty s

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tone, foun●d it so inconvenient that he was allow▓ed to dine without his sword, provided it h●ung up immediately behind him.▓” The tactical changes t●hat had occurred up to 1793 wer▓e not numerous, at least as far as Eur▓ope was concerned.The numb

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er of ranks w●as reduced to three, and the battle formati▓ons were becoming more linear and less▓ heavily columnar.Minden, agai▓n, had shown again what resolute ▓infantry could do, and in that battle● the effort to bring about a mutua●l co-operation o

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f the three arms to a comm▓on end is increasingly appare▓nt. But America had taught much▓.It is, perhaps, not too much ●to say that the campaigns there had turned ▓men’s minds in the direction of the fighti▓ng of the future, the value o●f independ

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  • had become part of the cavalry of ●the time.He was to be revived, but no▓t for another hundred years, to do his ▓original duty, that of a moun●ted man fighting on foot, and the▓n under another name. Much besides had happe●ned militarily in this peri

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