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BY

GENERAL G. H. DUFOUR,

LATELY AN OFFICER OF THE FRENCH ENGINEER CORPS, GRADUATE OF THE POLY-
TECHNIO SCHOOL, AND COMMANDER OF THE LEGION OF HONOR;

CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE SWISS ARMY.

TRANSLATED FROM THE LATEST FRENCH EDITION,

BY

WM. P. CRAIGHILL,

CAPT. U. 8. ENGINEERS, LATELY ASST. PROF. OF CIVIL AND MILITARY ENGINEERING

AND SCIENCE OF WAR AT THE U. S. MILITARY ACADEMY.

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NEW YORK:

D. VAN NOSTRAND, 192 BROADWAY.

1864

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 18C3,

By D. VAN NOSTRAND,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the

Southern District of New York.

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0. A. ALVORD, STEREOTYPER AND PRINTER

TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE.

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GENERAL DUFOUR, the Chief of the General Staff of the Army of Switzerland, is a graduate of the Polytechnic School of France,—the institution styled by the great Napoleon, “ The hen which lays me golden eggs.General Dufour is a

a distinguished Civil and Military Engineer, besides being a practical soldier. In all military matters he is recog. nized as one of the first authorities in Europe.

The work on Strategy, Guard Tactics, &c., of which a translation is now offered to the public, was prepared for the instruction of the officers of the Swiss army. It is written in a plain and simple style. The author does not deal in vague generalities, but gives simple, practical directions, which are illustrated by actual examples left by Napoleon and other great generals of ancient and modern times. It will be observed that the work contains numerous excellent plates embodying principles in themselves.

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