Excerpt from Historical Record of the Fifty-Third, or the Shropshire Regiment of Foot: Containing an Account of the Formation of the Regiment in 1755 and of Its Subsequent Services to 1848
The character and credit of the British Army must chie¿y depend upon the zeal and ardou... r by which all who enter into its service are animated, and consequently it is of the highest importance that any measure calculated to excite the Spirit of emulation, by which alone great and gallant actions are achieved, should be adopted.
Nothing can more fully tend to the accomplishment Of this desirable object than a full display Of the noble deeds with which the Military History of our country abounds. To hold forth these bright examples to the imitation of the youthful soldier, and thus to incite him to emulate the meritorious conduct of those who have preceded him in their honorable career, are among the motives that have given rise to the present publication.
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