"More than one general has redeemed faulty dispositions and won fame by a suitably glorious death."
- Although abandoned for use by troops in the field as early as 1759, the halberd was not officially abolished by the British Army until 1791.
- When some of the Spanish sailors struggling ashore after the destruction of the Spanish squadron at Santiago on July 3, 1898, were murdered by Cuban troops, Capt. Robley “Fighting Bob” Evans of the battleship Iowa, became so incensed, he sent a detail of Marines ashore to protect the helpless men and informed the local Cubans that they “ceased this infamous work” he would turn his guns on them
- First paid in 1872, pensions for the War of 1812 (1812-1815) continued until 1946, by which time they had totaled $65 million, or about 2/3rds the actual cost of the war, without accounting for inflation.
- During World War I the British discovered that their standard wire cutters, which worked quite nicely on their own barbed wire, was unsuited to cutting the German variety, made from much better steel.
- When the Confederate troops crested Cemetery Ridge on July 3, 1863, at the clmiax of “Pickett’s Charge,” they had to contend not only with fire from the Union troops confronting them, but also temperatures that were apparently about 90° F and humidity approaching 100-percent.
- President James Monroe’s six times great-grandfather and his five times great-grandfather, George Munro and George Munro, Jr., were both killed fighting in the Scottish ranks at the Battle of Pinkie, September 10, 1547.
- During World War II “Victory Gardens” in American cities of 100,000 or more people totalled 7 million acres, about the size of the State of Rhode Island.
- The average strength of each of the 23 infantry battalions in the Honduran Army in 1928 was 93 officers and men.