Accession Number : ADA293687

Title :   Vicksburg: Prologue to Joint Operations.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Bellitto, Robert A.

PDF Url : ADA293687

Report Date : 08 MAR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : The ability of Union forces to utilize the unique capabilities of both Army and Navy assets during the Vicksburg campaign acted as a force multiplier of the first magnitude. Due to the paucity of reliable road and rail networks, the immaturity of theater infrastructure, and the vast distances involved, naval forces permitted the theater commander flexibility to transport and support his troops. Additionally the combat power resident in these forces were also utilized as operational fires in support of maneuver ashore. Conversely Confederate forces were limited to a static defense once their ships were swept from the river. This lack of mobility and subsequent loss of initiative lead to eventual defeat.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY, *COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, NETWORKS, NAVY, RAILS, RELIABILITY, NAVAL OPERATIONS, ROADS, POWER, FIRES, ARMY, ARMY OPERATIONS, MILITARY COMMANDERS, STATICS.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE