Van Cleve at Chickamauga: The Study of a Division's Performance in Battle.
Master's thesis 2 Aug 95-7 Jun 96,
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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The thesis is an analysis of General Van and his division to determine the proximate causes for their failure to withstand the brutal test of combat the two-day battle. The thesis begins with a of the importance of the study of war in order to draw out lessons which are still pertinent to todays officer. The thesis then briefly describes the weapons, tactics, organization, and staff available to a Division Commander during the American Civil War. The thesis continues with an examination of the backgrounds and combat experiences of Brigadier General Van his staff, and his brigade and regimental commanders. The and combat experiences of the regiments which comprised the division are also evaluated. Thereafter, the thesis analyzes the performance of General Van and his division beginning with their first combat action at the of Stones River and culminates with an in-depth study of the performance at The fog of war impacted negatively on Van Cleves ability to control his men, yet his own personal shortcomings ultimately doomed the division to failure.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics