The Impact of Logistics on General Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg
Technical Report,25 Jun 2018,23 May 2019
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States
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One of the most important campaigns during the American Civil War was Confederate General Robert E. Lees invasion of Pennsylvania in the summer of 1863. The campaign took place when the Confederacy was at the zenith of its power. Many historians to refer to this period as the high-water mark of the Confederacy. Despite success in previous battles, General Lees army was soundly defeated at Gettysburg. Their defeat left the Confederacy with little chance to win the war. This monograph examines how the Confederates structured their operational logistics for the Gettysburg campaign. The study focuses on their use of wagon trains as the only mode of transporting supplies. It also looks at a shortfall in artillery ammunition at a decisive point in the battle. Logistical limitations had a major impact on General Lees decision making during the campaign. Many of General Lees most crucial decisions can be explained through a closer look at these logistical considerations.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Humanities and History