Brigadier General Marsena Patrick, Provost Marshal General for the Army of the Potomac
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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An understanding of Brigadier General Marsena Patrick and his work as Provost Marshal General for the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War should foster a better understanding of how American Army provost operations developed through the nineteenth century. This thesis examines first the origins of military police work in the United States Army. It then surveys Marsena Patricks background, training, and leadership experiences prior to his appointment as provost marshal general. It goes on to study Patricks performance as provost marshal general during the second half of the Civil War. The thesis concludes with an examination of the influence of Patricks efforts on military police work today. Patricks professionalism and dedication to duty live on in the duty performance of military police today.
- Humanities and History
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics