Accession Number:

ADA272859

Title:

Howard's Command and Control of Idaho's Nez Perce War

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis, 1 Aug 1992-4 Jun 1993

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-06-04

Pagination or Media Count:

136.0

Abstract:

This study investigates Brigadier General Oliver O. Howards command and control of Idahos Nez Perce War of 1877. The Nez Perce War aroused a wide range of emotions in the public and the military. While most Easterners labeled the army as being blood-thirsty and inhumane, most Idaho Territorys settlers looked at the army as lifesavers. The Secretary of War, George W. McCrary, recognized and complimented Howard for his endurance, courage, and skill, but General Sherman thought his former Corps Commander lacked drived and aggressiveness. Should Howard have been relieved The one-armed praying Brigadier General Howard did a very professional job when one considers all the factors. Howard had to work quickly to prevent an Indian coalition uprising while mustering sufficient forces to protect the settlers and subdue the hostile Nez Perce. He faced a very experienced foe who had the means to fight a war in a very demanding terrain. On the other hand, the army had improperly equipped Howards substandard soldiers. Howard had to prosecute the war over a vast territory which crossed several lines of command. Upon reviewing the whole situation, Howard effectively commanded and controlled his operations to accomplish his mission. Nez Perce War, Oliver 0. Howard, Frontier Army, Indian Campaigns Military Operations, Indian Wars.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE