Alexander Alexander in Glasgow - 1801
As I sauntered about the streets of Glasgow, I saw the new guard marching to relieve the old, their band playing a cheerful air. This being the first military band I had ever heard, I was quite charmed with it, and followed, unconsciously taking the step and holding up my head. A military enthusiasm instantly seized me, and I felt as if a soldier's life was the only station for which nature had designed me.
Alexander Alexander, Extract from The Life of Alexander Alexander. Written by Himself. In T. H. McGuffie (ed.), Rank and file : the common soldier at peace and war, 1642-1914 (London, 1964), p. 13. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1363778884 accessed: 20 September, 2017
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