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What did Mark Twain say about the #USArmy Corps of Engineers? @USACE_HQ

What did Mark Twain say about the #USArmy Corps of Engineers? @USACE_HQ

Editor's Note -- For more than a century, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has had the mission to keep the Mississippi River open for navigation. The changes that USACE brought to the river were astounding to those who watched it happen. Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before the Civil War. In 1882 Clemens traveled down Mississippi River and wrote a book about the journey. "Life on the Mississippi" is part travel book, part social commentary, part memoir, part tall tale, and as readable today as when first published in 1883. In chapter 28, Clemens commented on how much the Mississippi River had changed since his days as a steamboat pilot. Although Clemens does not mention the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by name, the operations that he describes were all USACE missions, and still are today. "As we appr...

Full article: http://www.army.mil/article/77606/

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