The Evolution of Joint Operations during the Civil War
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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History has demonstrated that amphibious assaults are among the most complex and challenging of all joint operations. The myriad of factors involved in joint amphibious assaults that evolved independently throughout the American Civil War did not become fully integrated until the winter of 1864-1865. This thesis explores the maturation of joint amphibious operations during the U.S. Civil War, specifically through the two amphibious assaults on Fort Fisher in Wilmington, North Carolina. The analysis will use modern joint doctrine as the framework to compare and contrast the two assaults, one of which was a seaborne assault and the other a riverine assault. Utilizing Fort Fisher as the focus develops an understanding of the interrelationship of the various factors involved in a joint operation and the challenges posed in their synchronization. The study concludes that the operations reflected jointness, but also marked the emergence of modern amphibious assault concepts.
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