Accession Number : ADA547183


Title :   Want of Proper Spirit and Energy: The Penobscot Expedition of 1779


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : Burbank, Dale W


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a547183.pdf


Report Date : 10 Jun 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 117


Abstract : This thesis explores the ability of Massachusetts to conceive, launch, and execute offensive expeditions in relation to the failure of the 1779 Penobscot Expedition. This thesis seeks to highlight the difference between the colony's success in building and sustaining expeditions with its inability to overcome the limitations of its provincial army system. A secondary question focuses on how the army's source of soldiers, the militia, affected the outcome of the colony's expedition. This study reviews Massachusetts' colonial military operations in order to track its evolutionary growth in provincial armies beginning with King Philips' War through the Seven Year's War. Based on an analysis of the historical capabilities of Massachusetts' provincial armies, this thesis reviews the constraints of the provincial army system on the Penobscot Expedition and its leadership.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY , ARMY OPERATIONS , THESES , WARFARE , LEADERSHIP


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE