Old Men of War
... In your Nov. 16 issue, one R. D. Johnstone indicates that the Army leaders, in Washington and in the field, are aged to the point of uselessness. To support his point, he cites the ages of certain of the younger historical military characters. While the idea that war is a young man's business is not without merit, there is another side of the picture. . . .
Julius Caesar was 54 at the Battle of Pharsalus. Farragut was over 62 at New Orleans and Mobile Bay.
Lee led the...