Quote of the Day March 13, 2012

Henry J. Hunt

“If I remember aright the much quoted and much admired expression of a great writer was, that “the condition of a soldier should be one of honorable poverty.” This is true enough, I hope however in applying it to our case the adjective will not be lost sight of.” Lieutenant Henry Hunt, future artillery commander of the Army of the Potomac in a March 11, 1844 letter to his mentor and friend James Duncan bemoaning a push by Congress to cut the pay of officers in the Regular Army. Found in The Man Behind the Guns A Military Biography of General Henry J. Hunt, Chief of Artillery, Army of the Potomac by Edward G. Longacre. New York: DeCapo Press, 2003, page 42.  Originally from HJH to Lt James Duncan, Mar 11, 1844, Duncan Papers, USMA-L.

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