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Cynics may ask, how many have profited by the innumerable proverbs and maxims of prudence which have been current in the world time out of mind?
They will say that their only use is to repeat them after some unhappy wight has “gone wrong.
Lee was at once made Lieutenant of Engineers, but, till the Mexican War, attained only a captaincy.
He graduated in 1829, being second in rank in a class of forty-six.
Movements of so rapid a kind, and so frequently made as his, requiring equal dispatch and secrecy, forbade the use of artillery; and he very well knew, that, to employ men for the maintenance of isolated posts-such posts as he could establish,-would have no other effect than to expose his brigade to the chances of being cut up in detail.
He seldom troubled himself with such heavy baggage, and probably disposed of them in this way, quite as much to disencumber himself of them, as with any such motive, as was alleged, when placing them in battery, of overawing the Tories by their presence.