Centuries of Service: THE U.S. ARMY, 1775-2005
David W. Hogan, Jr.
CMH Pub 70-71-1, Paper
2000, 2006; 48 pages
GPO S/N: 008-029-00417-8
Centuries of Service is the right title for this readable and informative
brochure. Since 1775 the United States has grown from a loosely organized
confederation of thirteen English colonies to a superpower whose influence
reaches around the globe. Over the course of American history, as David W. Hogan
Jr. writes, one can truly say of the Army: "When it was needed, it was there,"
first as the shield of the Republic during its vulnerable early years and later
as a means to project power in defense of American interests worldwide. Hogan
examines the full range of the Army's contributions: its vital role in the
growth and development of the nation, its dedicated efforts to preserve the
Union during the Civil War, and its defense of the United States against
external threats through to modern day. Because of the ready availability of
disciplined and trained personnel, the Army has also been involved in a wide
array of nonmilitary assistance/intervention tasks, such as internal
improvements, natural disaster relief, economic assistance, domestic order, and
a host of other contingencies. The Army answered the call and continues to do so.