After reading the chapters I can more plainly see why many of the soldier’s wages were not paid.  Paying for a full on war at all is an economic drain but being a newly formed country just exacerbates things.  Sometimes you have to make sacrifices for freedom.  But I would not have kept retracing my words in an attempt to soothe rising tempers in the military.  Saying they will pay half salary for life and completely reversing their previous statement is a hard pill to swallow. 

Depending on how you look at it, from a macro view soldiers couldn’t be paid because more important things had to be bought such as raw materials and supplies.  But from a micro perspective especially with a hard working veteran image on your mind it can be quite hard to understand why they would not be paid for their hardships.

Upon reading the passages, I can discern that life in war is always much worse than is typically portrayed in the movies.  The harshest of conditions compiled with the ever lacking of supplies must have been more than I could ever imagine to bear.  The soldiers had to work and take duties which have a veil of hope covering certain death, because the duties had to be done.  What shocked me the most was the lack of “justice” by the Government, promising sufficient clothes and food yet barely delivering any of it in Joseph’s experience.   How can such a vital thing as food and clothing be denied to the people fighting to keep those in charge’s power intact?

Overall I found the reading to be very insightful.  Of course we can’t trust what anyone says or writes as completely factual.  But perhaps this really is what he experienced and fought through during his years of service.  And if so it brings into question how well any of the countries soldiers of past wars or current are really being taken care of.  Having sufficient supplies in my opinion is an integral part of winning any engagement or war.  And denying promised comforts can be detrimental to morale and overall energy.

The most obvious reason for the shorttage of supplies is that there simply werent any to distribute.  America was in its infancy at the time and didnt have access to the large quantities of raw materials.  Without power to tax the states the Federal Government could only do so much with the money they had.  Ammunition and food would seem the two most vital to success.  Without ammunition they couldnt defend themselves.  Without food they would obviously perish.

So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell,
blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?
And did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?
How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have you found? The same old fears.
Wish you were here.

My full name is Christopher John Miller Jr.  I am from the Fredericksburg area and attended Massaponax High School.  From what Ive seen so far Mary Washington is a beautiful and diverse campus.  I am a commuter student and maintain a job at a local Golf Course even though I do not play. 



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