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...