Motto: "In making these recommendations I am fully alive to the full responsibility incurred, and keenly realize all the consequences that may follow."—President’s Message, Dec. 17th, 1895.
Tactical deductions from the few modem fleet engagements under steam are in the main inconclusive and unconvincing. Relying, therefore, on purely theoretical considerations, no well-established general principles and rules can as yet be said to have been satisfactorily formulated or generally accepted. A consistent scheme of tactics is, after all, more or less a series of guesses at the truth, and it would seem that the active discussion of tactical problems by the many interested is the only hope of approximating the theory to the probable conditions of battle.