[PW] " An Army Marches on Its Stomach "

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Thu Dec 29 16:28:23 PST 2016

Below is another variant ascribed to Napoleon in 1863.

Date: September 1863
Title: Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War


[Begin excerpt]
The necessity of a long halt after Bragg's retreat was therefore
inevitable; yet, strange as it may seem, General Halleck, at
Washington, not appreciating Napoleon's maxim that "an army crawls
upon its belly," wondered and chafed at this delay...
[End excerpt]


On Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 7:04 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> Below is an ascription to Napoleon of the "army travels on its belly"
> in 1869. Perhaps the writer read Carlyle and came to the same
> conclusion as Charlie. The quotation later evolved to use "march" and
> "stomach" while retaining the link to Napoleon. (The YBQ 1866 cite is
> attributed to Frederick).
> Date: November 1869
> Periodical: The Overland Monthly
> Volume 3, Number 5
> Article: Under Fire
> Start Page 432, Quote Page 434
> Database: Google Books
> https://books.google.com/books?id=PTkGAQAAIAAJ&q=%22its+belly%22#v=snippet&
> [Begin excerpt]
> Napoleon's maxim, that an army travels on its belly, was metaphorical;
> but long range and repeating rifles have made it approximately true in
> a literal sense. Our double lines of battle sought the shelter of the
> ground as soon as blood was drawn.
> [End excerpt]
> Garson
> On Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 5:44 PM, Barbara Schmidt <schmidtbrb at gmail.com> wrote:
>> The thought occurs to me that the original wording of this quote, if it
>> came from Friedrich II, would have been in German.  Are there original
>> letters or writings from Friedrich that contain the sentiment in the German
>> language? German translations into English can be tricky if one does not
>> have the entire context.
>> Barb
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