Wargaming-Logistics of the American Civil War: Western Theater-1862
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States
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This thesis and wargame addresses the strategic and operational aspects, and importance concerning logistics during the American Civil War by focusing on the Western Theater of 1862. Through the use of a qualitative discussion format, logistics and resources are highlighted through several characteristics such as the significance of railroads, rivers, and roads to transport troops and supplies, supply production, troop recruitment, value of proper planning and execution of supplies, and contracting services. Although the thesis and subsequent wargame are modeled from events that took place over a hundred years ago, the value of understanding the significance of logistics during war transcends to our current operating environment. The Time, Space, Assets, and Resolution TSAR model was used to capture the essential elements that make up a wargame. Furthermore, extensive research using numerous publications and playing classic and modern wargames was conducted to ensure historical elements and suitable mechanics were developed to ensure the intent of the educational outcome of the wargame was at the forefront of the project.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies