Accession Number : AD1001264

Title :   Operational Art in Pontiac's War

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,01 Jun 2014,23 May 2015

Corporate Author : US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

Personal Author(s) : Church,Thomas R

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Report Date : 23 May 2015

Pagination or Media Count : 55

Abstract : Pontiac's War began on 6 May 1763 when a pan-Indian movement attacked several British forts in the Great Lakes region, also known as the pays d'en haut. Pontiac's War emerged following the French defeat in the French and Indian War, as it was known in America. The Ottawa chief Pontiac rallied support from several different Indian tribes to fight in defiance of Major General Jeffrey Amherst's new Indian policies. The Indians' surprise attacks seized eight British forts and placed two others under siege. Amherst responded with enough British forces to maintain a foothold in the pay's d'en haut through the end of 1763. In 1764, the British dispatched Colonel John Bradstreet and Colonel Henry Bouquet into the pay's d'en haut to pacify the hostile Indians and reassert control. The war finally ended when Sir William Johnson, the Indian Superintendent representing George III, negotiated treaties with the major tribes of the pays d'en haut in 1765. This monograph explores Pontiac's War to find elements of operational art in a historical study of a brutal conflict in colonial America. Operational planners will be able to better understand how to apply operational art in future irregular conflicts.

Descriptors :   military history , military strategy , military tactics , military planning

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE