[PW] " An Army Marches on Its Stomach "

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Thu Dec 29 16:43:41 PST 2016

Napoleon's belly obsession was more extreme than most modern people
are aware according to this 1849 citation: "The world is governed by
its belly".

Year: 1849
Title: England's Grievance Discovered: In Relation to the Coal-trade;
the Tyrannical Oppression of the Magistrates of Newcastle;
Quote Page 164

[Begin excerpt]
The beer question ever returns. It would be difficult to say how much
of the animosity of the nautical men of Shields against Newcastle, and
their consequent efforts to overturn the monopoly of the latter, has
had its origin in the beer. "The world," said Napoleon, "is governed
by its belly."
[End excerpt]


On Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 7:28 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> Below is another variant ascribed to Napoleon in 1863.
> Date: September 1863
> Title: Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War
> https://books.google.com/books?id=xWo_AQAAMAAJ&q=%22army+crawls%22#v=snippet&
> [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]
> Garson
> 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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