Accession Number : AD1039563

Title :   The Successes and Failures of Military Occupation in Atlanta, Georgia, 1865-1871

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

Personal Author(s) : Wieczorek, Jason

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Report Date : 09 Jun 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 124

Abstract : From its initial occupation following the conclusion of the Civil War in May 1865 to the cessation of military rule in early 1871, the U.S. Army operated within a complex environment as it restored the city of Atlanta, Georgia. The U.S. Army dealt with the changing policies in Washington as the executive and legislative branches competed over the direction of Reconstruction, a massive reduction in force, and mission creep, as it facilitated a volatile transition from a slave-based economy to a wage-based one. This paper examines reports from regiments operating within Atlanta during Reconstruction, newspaper editorials, and previous scholarship to conceptualize the environment the U.S. Army operated within as well as how it directly and indirectly contributed to the restoration of Atlanta.

Descriptors :   military history , national politics , house of representatives , state governments , civil war , insurgency , revolutions , united states government , stability operations , Georgia , army

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE