Huenemoerder - Chapter 04
The young Marquis Henry Knox is already promised in
marriage to a Princess of Hyder Ali, and â€¦ the young Comtesse of
Huntington is to marry the hereditary Prince of Sweden - Frederick William Steuben, The Cincinnati on the Defensive
THE SOCIETY OF THE CINCINNATI consisted of men who had fought the
British army with considerable valor and ultimate success. When the
accusations against their association began to emerge in public, they
could hardly be expected to take such abuse meekly. Given the surprise
and indignation that many members must have felt upon reading Burke's
Considerations or the Massachusetts committee report, the Society might
have mounted a massive counteroffensive against their tormentors.
Indeed, a number of Cincinnati did take up the gauntlet and responded
to the accusations with counterarguments, counterattacks, and ridicule.
For the most part, however, the Society's responses remained sporadic,
often private, and fairly limited. Their efforts, while spirited, never
amounted to a coordinated offensive such as the military men had staged
on the battlefield.