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O'Murphy's Law & Other Astute Observations of Military Life*
Civil War research is never done. Case in point is the recent
discovery in the basement of an old pub which served the local Irish in
Home, Pa. during the 1870s and 80s. Uncovered in the basement
rubbish was an Army Cracker box containing the ruminations of Danny
O'Murphy, who served with the 67th PVI, 13th NJ, 142nd NY, 46th OVI
(evidently he was often a substitute for a lot of rich boys), as well as
the 7th Ga. Home Guards ("better to serve 'n rot 'n prison" he said).
O'Murphy saw a lot of action from a distance as a teamster, as a balloon
line holder aeronaut 3d class (twice demoted for letting the line slip),
and as a regimental staff procurement orderly ("unofficially paid" so he
was unable to collect a pension). His colorful career gave him
broad insight into the workings of the 1860's military system.
O'Murphy's Cental Law: Everythin that kin go wrong will go wrong 'n yer wife will tell ya'bout it so ye mightis will drink tuit.
Odds of Promotion: Good experienced officers donna live. Inept brass polishers get promoted.
Burnsides's Theory of Advancement: March in winter and avoid the mud!
Cavalry Theorm: The more you need 'em, the greater the chance the Cavalry will be lost. July2-4,'63.
Engineer's Rule 13: Local guides who claim to know the way, don't.
O'Murphy's Cosmic Observation: God has a sense of humor.
*This is just for fun. If we can't laugh at ourselves in doing this hobby, why do it?
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