A Ragged Regiment

: War.

In 1690, the French attacked and defeated the Prince of
Waldeck at Fleurus. During this action, a lieutenant-colonel of a French

regiment was on the point of charging. Not knowing how to animate his men,

who were discontented at having commenced the campaign without being fresh

clothed, he said to them, "My friends, I congratulate you, that you have

the good fortune to be in presence of a regiment newly clothed. Charge them

vigorously, and we will clothe ourselves." This pleasantry so inspired the

soldiers, that they rushed on, and speedily defeated the regiment.