Intelligence Collection within The Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War
Air Command and Staff College, Air University Maxwell Air Force Base United States
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During the American Civil War, human intelligence HUMINT came in from all directions, but without established processes to properly vet it, it was not fully embraced by senior leaders and correspondingly was never utilized to its full potential. The Confederacy in general and General Robert E. Lee in particular, did not find intelligence collection and analysis at large a worthwhile endeavor. That is not say he did not use it at all. In fact, Gen Lee frequently used his cavalry to scout out enemy positions because he considered this type of intelligence necessary for battle.
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