Accession Number:

ADA279622

Title:

Transportation Technology: Lessons from the Campaign for Vicksburg

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-02-08

Pagination or Media Count:

29.0

Abstract:

The need for operational planners to realistically consider the vulnerability of sealift and airlift transportation resources in campaign planning in todays changing world is underscored through historical analysis of Grants first Vicksburg campaign. This unsuccessful bid for this Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River relied nearly completely on clear rail lines of communication. Through Grants failure to consider the nature of his enemy, rail lines and supply bases were left virtually unprotected to free-up combat forces for the campaign. Forced to call off the operation when raiding Confederate cavalry penetrated behind his lines and destroyed his supply base and railways, he realized, in retreat, that the countryside provided abundant resources to enable his army to live off the land. Thus, sustainment alternatives existed that would enable him to succeed in capturing Vicksburg. The conclusions that can be drawn from this historical analysis hold true for today. Logistics, Strategic importance, Analysis, Threat sealift, Airlift

Subject Categories:

  • Surface Transportation and Equipment
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE