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The Luckless Soldier The army values of Loyalty Duty Respect Selfless Service Honor Integrity and Personal Courage are at the core of every Army leader Although not defined as such values in the mid nineteenth century Army leaders were held to these characteristics just as leaders of todays modern Army are One more famous leader of the War Between the States is Ambrose Burnsides Known more for his daring fashion sense than his tactics and stratagem Burnside has gone down in history as the luckless soldier Although beginning and ending his military career with success his downfalls and failures on the battlefield far outweigh his victories Not only was Ambrose plagued with lucklessness he was also indecisive and reckless Ambrose Everett Burnside was born in Liberty Indiana in 1824 He became a tailors apprentice in his home town until he received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point He graduated from West Point in 1847 low in his class and showed more promise singing and cooking than using tactics and strategy He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 2nd US Artillery where he accompanied Braxton Braggs Battery throughout the Mexican-American War all the way to Mexico City At the close of the war the then Lieutenant was sent to the New Mexico Territory to fight against the Apaches In 1849 he was shot through the neck by an arrow and by 1852 appointed to the command Fort Adams in Newport Rhode Island While stationed there he married Mary Bishop of Providence Rhode Island In 1853 he resigned from the Army yet retaining a position in the state militia While in Rhode Island he worked on his firearm the Burnside Breechloading Carbine The Secretary of War at the time John B Floyd decided to arm the army with his carbine and had Burnside establish many factories for this contract The works were no sooner completed than another gunmaker bribed Secretary
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