It was Sheridan's Fault Not Custer's: LTG Sheridan's Campaign Plans Against the Plains Indians and the Ties to Current Planning
Monograph Jul 2011-May 2012
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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Martin van Creveld, a noted theorist, contends that the concept of operational art did not take off in the United States US until after the Vietnam War. Conversely, James Schneider, a prominent military theorist, asserts that operational art began in the American Civil War. This monograph provides a holistic analysis of four Plains Indian War Campaigns. Lieutenant General LTG Philip Sheridan conducted all four campaigns. This analysis illustrates several enduring principles of both operational art and counterinsurgency COIN operations. The purpose of the monograph is to explain the initial failure of LTG Sheridans 1876 Centennial Campaign against the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians. Additionally, this explanation relates the significance of LTG Sheridans planning to contemporary COIN campaign planning.
- Unconventional Warfare