High commands in France were matters of birth, interest, and connection.
Therein lies the reason for the mistakes made at the outbreak of war in many appointments to High Commands.
And all men so determined throughout his breadth of lands Not to fail in the fulfillment of the King's high commands.
The old West Point officers had generally been chosen for high commands, but beyond this everything was necessarily new.
Many men will never forget that night—men on either side with high commands.