Accession Number : ADA288206

Title :   The Effects of Logistical Factors on the Union Pursuit of the Confederate Army During the Final Phase of the Gettysburg Campaign.

Descriptive Note : Research rept. Aug 93-Apr 94,

Corporate Author : INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Wetekam, Donald J.

PDF Url : ADA288206

Report Date : APR 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 51

Abstract : For ten days after the Battle of Gettysburg, the Army of Northern Virginia, under command of Robert E. Lee, remained trapped on the Union side of the flooded Potomac River. During that time, the Army of the Potomac, commanded by George G. Meade, pursued the Confederate forces as they retreated across Pennsylvania and Maryland, attempting but never quite succeeding in bringing about another general engagement. This paper examines the extent to which logistical factors on the Union side of the line hampered the effort to destroy the Confederate army. Specifically, it will seek to show that the resource limitations experienced by the Union army were a decisive factor in their inability to destroy Lee's forces while they remained trapped on Union soil.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY, *LOGISTICS SUPPORT, *TRANSPORTATION, *WARFARE, MARYLAND, POTOMAC RIVER, VIRGINIA, RAILROADS, MILITARY PERSONNEL, MILITARY SUPPLIES.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE