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However, the first plantations were sufficiently militarized to produce a legacy. All male colonists brought armor and weapons over the ocean, which they then carried constantly and hung on the walls of their makeshift homes as they slept. Military practices were part of everyday life. Edward Winslow described the exercise of arms in front of Native guests during the first Thanksgiving Day in 1620. 2 This is not to suggest that the colonial plantations were military exercises. The carriage of arms and the performance of drill during village muster were defensive measures to counter the threat of raids by European foes and Indians.
Military preparedness involved an Elizabethan tradition of universal militia service, augmented by volunteer companies raised by colonial elites. While colonial military thought was decidedly British in 1775, French military science grew short roots in the young republic during the Revolution, and Nationalists and Federalists kept it alive thereafter. It gained currency when Congress passed legislation to fortify coastal frontiers and establish a corps of engineers and artillery in 1794. Establishment of the military academy in 1802 provided a place for instruction in military science, but it took the War of 1812 to complete this institutionalization.
Suspicious of independent states’ governments, Duportail recommended a “general plan of defence” containing three distinct 25 early national military science frontier regions, each served by a unit of engineer-artillerists under a single senior officer responsible for all fortifications on that frontier, regardless of state boundaries. These officers would report to a director of a federal department of artillery and fortifications, who in turn would report to the “Board of War” or to Congress directly, circumventing anyone other than the highest national authorities.