General William Tecumseh Sherman's Georgia Campaigns: Lessons Learned for the Operational Commander
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI
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Between May and December 1864, General William Tecumseh Sherman conducted two highly successful campaigns through Georgia, seizing Atlanta and Savannah and inflicting significant damage on Confederate military resources. Shermans operations were founded in thorough logistics planning, skillful movement and maneuver of a light, mobile force, and bold movement behind enemy lines without a fixed line of communications. This paper will examine and analyze General Shermans use of operational art, focusing on the operational factors of space, time and force and the operational functions of command and control, logistics, movement and maneuver and protection. The analysis will provide lessons learned for todays operational commander, including applicability to the concept of Operational Maneuver from the Sea OMFTS.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics