Offensive Infantry Tactics During the Battle of Chancellorsville, May 1863
Master's thesis 1 Aug 1992-5 Jun 1993
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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The analysis of offensive infantry tactics focuses on three types of offensive operations meeting engagement, hasty attack, and deliberate attack. The primary echelons of command through which tactics are analyzed is brigade, division, and corps. The meeting engagement occurs between a Union and Confederate division at the start of the battle on 1 May. The hasty attack is a Union operation directed against the 2d Confederate corps on 2 May and the deliberate attacks occurs later that afternoon by the 2d Confederate corps against the Union Armys right flank. The results of this study indicate that the senior Confederate leaders employed their forces more effectively than did the Union commanders. The Confederate offensive infantry tactics demonstrated a superior ability at the art of war. Following the Jominian principles of interior lines and concentration of forces, the Confederates, despite vast numerical inferiority, created physical and psychological advantages over the Union forces that helped secure victory in each engagement. Civil War offensive infantry tactics, Lines of battle, Linear Close-order formations.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics