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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
naked into battle, rather than lose the good and glory of the
thing, had struck for higher wages, of which their patriotism
never lost sight entirely. Sparks adds, " A soldier's pay did
not satisfy them," [of course they expected a patriot's pay
also,] as they could obtain better wages in other employ-
ments, without the fatigues and privations of a camp." Yet,
during this time, Carolina was furnishing the powder, from
stores which her sons had captured from the British, by which
Washington was enabled to continue the leaguer of Boston ;
and the recruits of riflemen from Virginia and Maryland, were
employed to invade Canada, in the army detached from
Washington's, which was led into the wilderness by Arnold.
Yet who reads these facts in Mr. Sabine's history, or in any
history of New England self-glorification ?
Here we might reasonably pause, satisfied with the suffi-
cient commentary already furnished, on this agreeable topic
of eastern self complacency. But, while our hands are in, we
may just as well, from unquestionable New England authori-
ties, endeavor to illustrate still farther the qualities of this
fierce New England patriotism, which Mr. Sabine deplores,
with so lugubrious a visage, has never met its adequate ac-
knowledgment. During this very leaguer of Boston, to which
we find Connecticut rushing with such headlong fury, as to leave
her no time to regulate her toilet, we find General Greene
complaining that " several companies had clubbed their mus-
kets, in order to march home." As a commentary upon
the alleged myriads of New England contribution to the war, in the statement of such writers as Mr. Sabine, he says :
" Our situation has been critical. We have no part of the
militia here, and the night after the old troops went away, I
could not have mustered seven hundred men, notwithstanding
the ret:crns of the new enlisted troops amounted to nineteen
hundred and upwards."