The Vicksburg Campaign: Command and Control of a Successful Joint Operation
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS
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The Vicksburg campaign is an excellent example of a successful joint operation and a superb demonstration of the principles of war. This paper will explore the principle of unity of command and the joint command and control relationship present during the campaign. I will examine the extent to which well defined command and control contributed to successful joint operations in the Vicksburg Campaign. The argument is presented that this command and control arrangement was not clearly delineated at the beginning of the Civil War and was more of an evolutionary progression that combined chance opportunities, unique personalities and fortuitous incidents. General Grants utilization of key concepts as an operational commander will be explored to determine how joint command and control was structured by the operational commander. This command and control organization was developed to facilitate obtaining the strategic goal of securing the Mississippi River for the North and ultimately strangling the Confederacy.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Command, Control and Communications Systems