Books: Back from the Wars

WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME — Dixon Wecter — Haughton, Mifflin ($3).

On the Hudson River at Camp New Windsor the main Continental Army was disbanding. The men were ragged and war-weary, but they marched smartly, mindful of General Washington's exhortation "to retire from the military theater with the same approbation of men and angels" that they had won in action.

Each man kept his musket, powder horn, wooden canteen, knapsack and uniform. In his pocket were four months' wages in promissory notes, marketable at only two shillings to the pound. Veterans who...

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