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The year 1815 marked a turning point in American military history, and the artillery companies of Boston felt its influence. Danger from foreign foes was at an end; the Indians were then so far to the westward as no longer to America felt free to enter upon a be a serious menace. career of peaceful conquest and to get rich. It is fair to note that England also began a similar stage at the same time; perhaps there was some reflex influence exerted by the mother country. The first symptom of the change was the decay of the train-band.
Canadian frontier as part of the successive invading After the lapse of months word came back of American defeat, of the incompetence displayed by untrained American officers, of hundreds of British putting to flight thousands of Americans. Boston itself lay open to hostile attack, with fortifications mostly in ruins, and such as there were, ungarrisoned. Then came the naval victories won by our more freely. gallant frigates, and Massachusetts breathed The enthusiasm which was craving an oppor- tunity for expression found vent in ovations to victorious sailors.
The great prestige of George Washington, for he had con- sented to waive his seniority and to serve as Lieut-General under Pres. Adams, helped to render this revival of the minute-men popular, and the fashionable designation of "legion" did not detract from its popularity. On supplementary order was issued, directing that a special regiment of such "legionaries" should be formed from the militia of each divison. The number of August 22, 1797, a divisions having increased to ten, this called for ten regiments of active troops in Massachusetts and Maine.
1000 Things You Should Know About Modern History by John Farndon