Religion: Saints in the Army?

From: Adjutant General, U.S. Army

To: Continental Army Headquarters

Subject: Patron Saints

Because of the religious connotations of projects designating St. Barbara as patron saint of artillery and St. Maurice as patron saint of infantry, addressees are directed to ensure a thorough understanding by subordinate commanders . . . [that] activities of this type or of a related nature will be limited to unofficial and voluntary participation by those interested.

Behind the well-starched prose of this memo, sent out last week by the U.S. Army's Adjutant General Robert Lee, lay the sleepless vigilance of...

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